Communique July 30th SKILLET
Watch now Skillet’s new video ‘Feel Invincible’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzw6A2WC5Qo
The might of Skillet’s colossal hit 'Monster' was once again vindicated in December 2015, when the RIAA certified it for sales of 2 million copies. It also had a great run on Billboard’s rock charts, topping out at No. 20 on Rock Airplay, No. 4 on Mainstream Rock Songs and No. 8 on Rock Streaming Songs.
In the face of such an accomplishment, you’d think vocalist/bassist John Cooper would be brimming with confidence when it came to writing the band’s next album, Unleashed. But not quite.
“Quite honestly, after doing music for 20 years, it's easy to feel like you are outdated, too old or irrelevant to culture to keep writing ‘on-point’ songs,” he admits. “I love touring and playing music. But sometimes the ebb and flow of this business can make you want to give up before you even try. Specifically, when I was writing this record, there were times when I wondered if I should even try.”
Cooper observes that repeatedly hearing the mantra of “rock is dead” and feeling the pressure to shy away from making such music can be hard to deal with. “But in the end, I know who I am. I know I couldn't really stop playing music, and I certainly cannot try to be something that I am not. Therefore, I wanted to make a hard-rocking album that I believe in. If it's ‘too rock’ or outdated, then so be it. This is who I am. I'd rather fall down swinging than not show up for the fight.”
John Cooper Says Skillet Is Making Progress on New Album: 'I Feel Really Inspired'
Thus, Cooper penned “Feel Invincible,” the first single from Unleashed (due Aug. 5 on Atlantic Records). He says the track “represents the album in one facet really well: [Unleashed] is full of crowd-chanting anthems. The album is very exciting to listen to. Driving beats and melodic choruses, whether it's hard rock or leaning toward pop.” He also notes that Unleashed is “quite diverse -- there are more extreme songs on both sides of the spectrum, meaning harder rock and even metal, but also pop and atmospheric tunes/sounds.”
"Feel Invincible" has already scored a synch victory for Skillet: The track has been chosen as the theme for TBS' E-League, an eight-week live video-gaming competition that will be broadcast in more than 80 countries. The fight song's chorus chants, “You make me brave/ You're my titanium/ Fight song, raising up/ Like a roar of victory in a stadium,” making its pick for a tournament a no-brainer.
In real life, Cooper says he gets a sense of strength from “a deep-rooted belief in God, and I find strength in reading the Bible. It helps me remember who I am. I also find strength in my wife. We share everything. We are partners. We tour together, rock together, raise kids together, pray together. And yes, we argue together at times. But she is a rock for me.”
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Communique May 20th SKILLET
New Studio Album Now Available For Pre-Order Via All Digital Retailers
Grammy-nominated rockers Skillet will release Unleashed, their new studio album and follow up to their 2013 release Rise, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The 12-track album, a year in the making, is currently available for pre-order via all digital retailers including iTunes at: www.smarturl.it/SkilletUnleashed and Amazon.com at: www.smarturl.it/SkilletUnleashed_A. Pre-orders will include an instant download of the debut single “Feel Invincible,” a lyric video for which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmk_cTMqF58&feature=youtu.be .Skillet can also be found on Google Play at: www.smarturl.it/SkilletUnleashed_GP and streaming on Spotify: www.smarturl.it/StreamSkillet.
From the bombastic opening riff of “Feel Invincible” to the memorable closing of the album finale “The Resistance,” it is clear the band has created an album that lets their music speak loudest, while still delivering some of their most personal and heartfelt collections of songs to date. “I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music,” said Skillet’s John Cooper. “I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they’d connect musically.”
Songs like “Back From The Dead,” “Stars” and “Out Of Hell” showcase the musicianship and songwriting that has garnered the band a rabid worldwide fan base, a platinum selling album and multiple Grammy nominations. Comprised of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals), Seth Morrison (lead guitar) and Jen Ledger (drums, vocals), the band collaborated with Brian Howes, (Daughtry, Halestorm, Nickelback), as well as, Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch), Neal Avron (Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, TobyMac) to create Unleashed.
The track listing for Unleashed is:
Back From The Dead
I Want To Live
Out Of Hell
Burn It Down
Watching For Comets
Saviors Of The World
Skillet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling more than 11 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” is “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” with a total of 57 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.” 2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA Today, New York Times, Revolver Loudwire, and more.
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September 23rd communique posted.....
Exclusive European Album
On October 14th Grammy nominated rock band SKILLET will release a career encompassing album, ‘Vital Signs’ to celebrate their first ever European headline tour.
‘Vital Signs’ is exclusive to Europe only and is not meant to be a ‘Best Of ‘ nor is it by any means a ‘Greatest Hits’. The track listing was put together by the band to commemorate 10 years of recording and performing. It includes many Skillet classics and is designed to show the versatility and uniqueness of a band who over the course of the past few years have sold more than two million units in the U.S., racked up more than 150 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following (dubbed Panheads) whose members number in the millions.
‘Vital Signs’ opens with the explosive ‘Rebirthing’, followed by mighty ‘Monster,' which became a Skillet breakthrough single in the US, selling over 1 million copies and gaining over 76 million views on Youtube. Here is the Monster video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mjlM_RnsVE
‘Vital Signs’ continues with numerous fan and live concert favorites and closes with a hat trick of huge songs - ‘Hero’ with over 42 million views on youtube with its hard grove and vocal tradeoff between John Cooper and Jen Ledger is followed by unbearable tension of the lacerating “Sick of It”, suddenly giving way to the ecstatic release of “Rise”
Skillet are without doubt one of the most important bands to come out of the US for a while and “Vital Signs’ is a perfect introduction to an extraordinary and important band.
‘Vital Signs’ Track listing
Awake and Alive
The Last Night
Whispers In The Dark
Not Gonna Die
Sick Of It
UPC: CD: 075678671425 / Digital: 075679934604
To pre-order ‘Vital Signs’ go to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/vital-signs/id920582396
John Cooper vocalist / bassist
Korey Cooper guitarist/keyboardist
Jen Ledger drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger
Seth Morrison guitarist
The Vital Signs European Tour 2014‘ dates