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“It’s the small things in life, it’s about loving people who hate you, it’s about choosing not to believe the worst about situations”
Rock band Skillet celebrates the release of their new album “Rise” featuring the hit single “Sick of It.” The platinum-selling band’s 9th studio album, “Rise” mixes heavy hard rock with catchy lyrics inspired by current events. Go behind the scenes as the band reveals the inspiring message of the album and discusses just what it takes to mix things up after so many years. Catch the exclusive interview here and be sure to pick up “Rise” online and in Walmart stores nationwide!
-The Crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On What Inspired The Album:
"The idea for the album rise came from everyday events that all of us watched on TV. There’s always another tragic thing happening but I wanted to make a record that people could rock out to but would also say yes, all these terrible things are happening but let’s find that we can rise above all of this stuff that is holding us captive and all the darkness that we see."
On Their Sound:
"We are a hard rock band. What Skillet does is we combine the very aggressive sounds and aggressive performances with… almost like pop song structures."
"We wrote 72 songs for the record, which is double what I’ve ever written for anything else. So I will say this, we tried everything, you know. People are like, “what are you writing about?” and I was like “anything I’ve ever felt, I wrote about for this record.”"
On Finding A Balance:
"As we brought the songs together we tried to find that middle ground of this what Skillet sounds like, we need to give that to the fans and then this is stuff that we want to experiment with – just try to mix it up."
On How The Band Got It's Name:
"It was actually my pastor funny enough… He said, “You know what, [the band is] like taking all these different ingredients out from other bands and throwing it all in a big skillet. You should call the band Skillet, that would be funny.”"
On The Message Of The Record:
"I want to encourage young people to get out there and do something for someone else and see how you feel because it will change you, and maybe that can help them rise from the ashes."
• Skillet was formed in 1996 in Nashville, Tennessee.
• The band’s members consist of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar).
• Their ninth album, "Rise" was released on June 25, 2013, debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on both the Rock Albums and Christian Albums charts, selling 60,000 copies in the US in its first week of release.
• The band has already released four single off the album: “Sick of It,” “American Noise,” “Rise,” and “Not Gonna Die”.
2. Sick Of It
3. Good To Be Alive
4. Not Gonna Die
5. Circus For A Psycho
6. American Noise
7. Madness In Me
9. Fire And Fury
10. My Religion
11. Hard To Find
12. What I Believe