Semi Precious Weapons are one of the few bands honoring the glam rock mentality with their glittery, garage sound, dramatic stage show and fearlessly fierce fashion. But that doesn't mean Lady Gaga's former tour mates can't serve fans a quick, sonic change-up. That comes in the form of "Brando," a racing, rhythmic-rock track that kicks off the band's new album being executive produced by R&B-pop hitmaker Tricky Stewart.
On paper, it might be an odd pairing to mix the producer (responsible for Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Justin Bieber's "Baby," Rihanna's "Umbrella") with the glam rockers, but it ultimately Tricky's guidance has helped create one of the most distinctive rock tracks out there today. "Brando" brings a groovin' percussion line embellished with grungy guitars and breathy belts from lead singer Justin Tranter. It's the musical equivalent of the '80s getting a modern-day facelift.
"Brando" leads off SPW's new album coming this fall. The quartet just dropped their third LP Aviation in April, but are already back with new material.
"We decided to release a brand new single and album so quickly because we were inspired by the 'Golden Age of Rock and Roll,'" Tranter said in a press release. "There was a period in his career when Elton John put out six albums in two-and-a-half years. We have songs that we love, songs that we just wrote, and we don't want to wait to share them."
With rock 'n' roll this cool, we don't mind one bit. Rock on, guys.