The Skinny: The Almost – the acclaimed rock group fronted by lead vocalist/guitarist Aaron Gillespie – will return April 9 with their third album Fear Inside Our Bones for Tooth & Nail/EMI/Universal. The album’s preview track is “Ghost,” which echoes with unbridled blues intensity before converging on a divinely heavy refrain. Listen to the song just below now!
To cut Fear Inside Our Bones, The Almost retreated to Nashville’s Omni Studios with producer Marshall Altman (Tom Morello, Ingrid Michaelson, William Fitzsimmons). All the songs were recorded together in a single room completely live. “It wasn’t a piecemeal process as the majority of modern records are,” explains Gillespie. “The album was born at that moment from our collective blood, sweat and tears.” In those five days, the musicians tapped into elegantly visceral energy built from a blues-rock vibe that they modernized. Other album highlights include the relentless rocker “Fight Song,” the powerful and complicated anthem “I Won’t Let Go,” and “I’m Down” which streams ahead like a Southern freight train before the singer soulfully proclaims in the chorus, “Don’t count me out.”
Across the entire album, Gillespie continues to wear his heart on his sleeve. He doesn’t hold anything back within the lyrics or music. Amidst all of the thundering rhythms and massive riffs, The Almost’s honesty re-sounds the loudest. “There’s hope,” Gillespie concludes. “People are free to feel the way they feel and go through what they are going through. Music is the great communicator. This is my soundtrack, heartbeat and who I want to be. I hope everyone feels like this record belongs to them.”