Alice In Chains has set Rainier Fog as the title of its sixth studio album, with the LP slated to arrive on August 24th. The band has also shared a second single from the record, called “So Far Under.” This follows “The One You Know,” which arrived earlier this spring.
Singer/guitarist William DuVall said about “So Far Under,” “It’s about feeling completely up against it — outnumbered, surrounded, facing seemingly unbeatable odds and being really pissed off about it. It was inspired by personal circumstances, as well as events in the wider world. But it’s not as resigned to defeat as it may seem . . . There’s still room to flip the script.”
Guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell told Rolling Stone that the album’s title track is a tribute to the Seattle music scene that launched his band, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and others. He explained, “This song is a little homage to all of that: where we come from, who we are, all of the triumphs, all of the tragedies, lives lived.”
Speaking about the deaths of Seattle musicians like Kurt Cobain, Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley and, more recently, Chris Cornell, Cantrell said, “It’s a small town and we all knew each other . . . It gets really difficult to be the guy that has to talk about your dead friends all the time.” He added, “After 15 years of talking about my friends dying, you just really want to focus on life and moving forward because that’s really all I can control. I miss the hell out of all of them.”
Rainier Fog is named after Seattle’s Mount Rainer and is the first album the band has recorded in its hometown in more than 20 years.