TWISTED SISTER’S DEE SNIDER LOOKS FORWARD WITH AN ECLECTIC NEW SOLO ALBUM, “WE ARE THE ONES,” DUE IN OCTOBER
One thing you won’t ever catch Dee Snider doing is being complacent. “I’ve never been about living in the past,” Snider says. “The past is wonderful to reflect on and enjoy, but for me, I’d rather show you the latest thing I’ve been working on. I’m all about looking ahead, and this new record is very much about me moving forward.”
Dee’s vibrant new solo album, We Are The Ones, is due out in October on Red River Records (Distributed by BFD/RED). The album crackles with modern energy, from the call-to-arms manifesto of Rule the World, to the anthemic bonding of So What (complete with, yes, a string section) to the intensely synth driven Close to You, to the thematically soaring Superhero (a song tailor-made for running over the end credits of the next Marvel or DC movie blockbuster if ever there was one). Another significant highlight of the album is a newly re-recorded acoustic version of We’re Not Gonna Take It which has also been tapped the official anthem for The Recording Academy’s advocacy efforts, including the “Fair Play Fair Pay” Act. Recently performed in Washington D.C. at the annual GRAMMYs On The Hill event, a video of the song premiered earlier today on Entertainment Weekly’s website and can now be viewed below.
Also featured is an explosive cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Head Like A Hole.
“I always thought it was a great song, a powerful song,” Dee explains, “I can’t wait to do that one live. Like We’re Not Gonna Take It is iconic, Head Like a Hole is iconic for that era.”
With Twisted Sister effectively entering the rearview mirror, Dee now has his sights dead-set on his new musical direction.
“You can’t expect others to embrace what you do if you don’t embrace it yourself,” he admits. “I have to believe it first before I can expect anybody else to believe it. When you’re creating a new record, you want to make a statement, and you want to have music you can stand behind and feel strongly about. So it was a little unnerving when I started heading down this path. After Damon and I cut the first four tracks, I said, ‘Oh yeah, there is a place for me here.’ This is music I feel excited about, and I also look forward to playing it live.”
In April 2016, the singer was called to Capitol Hill for the second time—the first at the infamous 1985 Senate hearing instigated by Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC)–to speak on behalf of The Recording Academy’s “Fair Play Fair Pay” initiative. On September 18th, he will be presenting his new music at Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.
Snider is unapologetically energized about where he’s going as an artist. “Music inspires that genuine enthusiasm. I’m not anti the past — I’m just not one of those guys sitting there singing about the glory days. To me, these are the glory days, and the days to come are the glory days. And this new record is the part of my next glory days.”
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