Longtime Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has just spent the last 2 years writing and recording his new album, Andro, and it is about to challenge virtually everything you thought you knew about him and his musical proclivities.
Having given us a taste of his creativity with Methods Of Mayhem, Andro has been described as a true representation of the music that he was meant to make. Exploring the depth and range of his musical fascinations, the album also represents the male and female sides of music, thus the name of the album, Andro.
As a taster for the album, Lee has released two new singles. The album opens with the first of his two singles “Knock Me Down”. Described as “a paint-stripping industrial-metal stormer” the track features the up-and-coming rapper Killvein, who gives a scorching performance. “I heard his shit on the internet,” Lee recalls, “and I thought, this dude is badass, ‘Knock Me Down’ had his name all over it. He raps like a beast, is super-talented, and actually says something. He’s gonna blow up.”
Another singularly fierce pairing on the second of his two singles, is with female South African rapper Push Push, who raps like lightning in her unique accent over a cool Afrobeat groove on “Tops.” She comes off as someone who you probably don’t want to cross. “She’s a total troublemaker,” Lee jokes, “a maniac!” Push Push has worked on a recent Pussy Riot single and has performed alongside the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf and Ryan Hemsworth. Her tracks have also been featured on Comedy Central’s Broad City.
Both artists’ videos were directed by Lee’s longtime friend, Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit). As alike as the sets are for the videos, that is how different, sonically, both songs are. “Working with Tommy was an incredible opportunity, he made sure that I was in a comfortable space, free to express myself fully and without limits. The video shoot was a dream come true. I felt empowered to show all my true colors without judgement. Honestly that team could’ve made anyone feel like a star,” says Push Push.
“It was great working with Tommy! It’s crazy because I grew up listening to Mötley Crüe so I never imagined I’d end up working with Tommy fucking Lee,” enthuses Killvein. “I was surprised he’d even heard of me but that’s all thanks to our mutual friend, Danny Lohner. Danny showed Tommy my music last year and that’s when Tommy sent me the beat. I recorded half the song in my garage in Sacramento and the other half in his studio in Calabasas. I was like a kid in a candy shop in there – he has everything. The video shoot was surreal. Getting to work with both Tommy and Fred Durst on that was a dream.”
Other features on the record include a Prince cover from Lukas Rossi (Rockstar Supernova), Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Brooke Candy and Mickey Avalon.
Andro will see release on October 16, 2020 and you can pre-order your copy here.