Track is latest from the group
Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have unveiled the new song “Fill My World,” from their forthcoming album, 4, due February 11, 2022, on Gibson Records, in partnership with BMG. The new song follows the release of first single “The River Is Rising,” now the fastest rising debut of Slash’s career cracking the Top 20 at rock radio, at No. 15 this week and climbing.
“Musically, I came up with it at my studio. It was just the opening riff, and then the underlying chord changes started to come out in my mind. I wasn’t sure if I was going to pursue it or not, but I had to record it and make a demo. I thought, I don’t know what the guys are going to think… Because it has a certain sentimental kind of feel to it. But I sent it to Myles, and he came back with these heartfelt lyrics,” Slash says about the track. “I thought it was about the loss we’ve all been suffering during this dark period, and then he told me it was about his dog. [laughs] I said, ‘Well, you know, everybody has had somebody that they love affected by this, so…’”
“So, I have this little Shih Tzu named Mozart – he tries to act all tough, but he’s really not,” adds Myles Kennedy. “And on one occasion we couldn’t get home, our flight was delayed and there was a really intense storm over our house. We have one of those little camera systems to keep an eye on the dog when we can’t be there, and we saw him just freaking out. It was heartbreaking to watch. It terrified the little guy. So, the narrative of the song is inspired by what I imagined he might have been thinking as it all went down. And his plea to us to come home. When you listen to it, it could apply to a relationship between humans. But I thought it was interesting, at least for me, to sing it from Mozart’s perspective. And to be really honest, as I was singing the song in the studio, at one point you can hear my voice crack a little bit. It was getting to me. So, it’s definitely sung from the heart. And I’m man enough to admit it!”
For 4, each of the members traveled across the country together to Nashville, TN, and recorded the new album at the historic RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile), revealing a stunning new sound and style all captured live in the studio. Cobb shared the band’s desire to lay down the tracks live, in the studio including guitar solos and vocals — a first for the group.
4 will be available in a deluxe vinyl box set featuring a vinyl gatefold jacket in four colors (black, red, blue, and purple), randomly distributed inside a mirrored O-card. Each vinyl is 140-gram black vinyl and comes with a guitar pick, an Axe Heaven Custom Limited Edition 4 Slash Les Paul Mini-Guitar, CD softpack in one of the four colors above (also random), the O-card and a guitar pick, a cassette featuring an exclusive four song live rehearsal titled Live Rehearsal Tape 5/28/21, a 36-page photobook including an SMKC interview and handwritten lyrics, an embroidered sew-on patch, a signed lithograph (limited to the first 500 copies) and a pick tin with four custom Slash guitar picks. A deluxe CD box set, a full album cassette, and standard vinyl and CD packages are also available.
The new album has the added history-making distinction of being the first-ever album to be released on the new Gibson Records label, which is headquartered in the iconic American instrument brand Gibson’s hometown of Music City, Nashville, TN. In light of the 30-year partnership between Gibson and the GRAMMY Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Slash, it makes sense the new album will be released via Gibson Records, in partnership with BMG.
Gibson will also commemorate the project with a first-ever limited edition Slash Les Paul Standard 4 Album Edition guitar package that will be released the same day as the album. Only 250 Slash Les Paul Standard 4 Album Edition guitars will be made available for global release on gibson.com and at select authorized Gibson dealers, and the unique guitar package also features the new SMKC album 4 on vinyl with an exclusive case inside that houses the vinyl, a 4 album guitar pick tin containing a variety of pick colors (eight count), a signed SMKC band portrait, and a 4 album decal sticker.
The band will kick off a North American headlining tour on February 8th in Portland, OR, and hit 28 major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Nashville with an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry House, Dallas, Austin, Houston, and more, before wrapping-up March 26th in Orlando, FL.