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Live In Limbo conducted an interview with HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale and drummer Arejay Hale in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this past October. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked what their favorite thing is about staying connected to their fans online, Lzzy said: “For me, it’s therapeutic in both ways. Part of the reason that I’m a songwriter is because the only way that I can really understand myself is by getting it out and talking it through or writing it out. So by having all these cool conversations with all these people, it’s really, actually, entertaining for me, and it helps me kind of inadvertently figure out what I’m going through in my life by talking to them. They probably say the reverse, but it goes both ways.”

Added Arejay: “It kind of keeps you on point when you’re going in to write a record. For me, sitting down to write a song, it’s cool to hear another perspective and it kind of gives you a better idea of what you’re going for for your audience. That’s definitely a big part of it. The other big part is having one-on-one interactions with our fans — not to get off subject, but not only with social media, but we also do a lot of meet-and-greets. We go out after the shows and we interact with the fans. Like, if we’re doing big festivals, it’s just mind-blowing being in front of that many people, so when you’re going in to write a kick-ass rock song, then you kind of keep that in mind: ‘What would this crowd love to chant, or love to sing along to?’ You know what I’m saying? Not just the social media interaction, but the human interaction, I think, is a big part of it.”

HALESTORM will release its third covers EP, “ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP” on January 6, 2017 via Atlantic. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN), the effort is

available for pre-order now.

All pre-orders will receive an instant grat of the first track release, a reworking of WHITESNAKE’s hard rock classic “Still Of The Night”.

The Grammy Award-winning band’s take on JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS’ “I Hate Myself For Loving You” will follow as a second instant grat download from Friday, December 30.

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“ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP” follows HALESTORM’s previous covers EPs, 2011’s “ReAniMate” and 2013’s “ReAniMate 2.0”.

 

HALESTORM will release its third covers EP, “ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP” on January 6, 2017 via Atlantic. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN), the effort is

available for pre-order now.

All pre-orders will receive an instant grat of the first track release, a reworking of WHITESNAKE‘s hard rock classic “Still Of The Night”, available for streaming below.

The Grammy Award-winning band’s take on JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS“I Hate Myself For Loving You” will follow as a second instant grat download from Friday, December 30.

“We are so excited to finally unleash our latest cover EP, ‘ReAniMate 3’,” said Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM. “On this EP we were inspired to push the limits and challenge the ears of our fans. There are some surprises that you may not have expected from us, and there are also things that you’ve always wanted to hear from us. We were so incredibly honored to work alongside producer Nick Raskulinecz. He truly helped us bring these songs to life and find a way to make them HALESTORM‘s.”

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Still Of The Night (WHITESNAKE cover)
02. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (SOPHIE B. HAWKINS cover)
03. I Hate Myself For Loving You (JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS cover)
04. Heathens (TWENTY ONE PILOTS cover)
05. Fell On Black Days (SOUNDGARDEN cover)
06. Ride The Lightning (METALLICA cover)

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“ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP” follows HALESTORM‘s previous covers EPs, 2011’s “ReAniMate” and 2013’s “ReAniMate 2.0”.

Speaking about how HALESTORM goes about picking which songs to record for series of covers EPs, bassist Josh Smith told RingRocker.com: “We start out with basically everyone… Our team… Oh my God! My dad finds out that we’re doing a cover album, all I get is texts: ‘Oh, you should do this.’ But anyone… anyone who finds out we’re doing a covers album, all of a sudden you’re just getting this crazy list. So it literally starts out with e-mails of lists and lists, and somehow, over months, we kind of whittle down our list until we get to a short list of maybe ten songs or less. And then we record ’em and see what works and see what we like.”

He continued: “Now, after the first one, we sort of followed a similar formula with the second one in that it’s very generational — we have a song from ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, a contemporary pop song… So that was a nice way to pick our songs. Really, that has been the template.”

According to Josh, there is at least one added benefit to covering other people’s songs when it comes to HALESTORM working on original material. He explained: “What’s really cool is that when we do pick these songs, they really do influence us, because it’s Songwriting and Performing 101. Where you have to deconstruct a song — a legendary song, essentially — you deconstruct it, and then rebuild it to how it works for us. And it really influences us in a lot of ways. For example, that album certainly influenced a lot of songs and ideas and gears on our newest album.”

Added drummer Arejay Hale: “When we did ‘Slave To The Grind’ [from SKID ROW], we were, like, ‘Oh, man! We need a song like this.’ And then we wrote ‘Love Bites’, which is pretty much just off the feel of ‘Slave To The Grind’. It’s cool, ’cause we used to do that. We used to do three- or four-hour shows with covers and originals. And you’re right — it is like training. And I always recommend that for newer artists, younger artists that wanna learn how to play drums or guitar. I always say the best way to really get good and learn how to develop your own style is to learn the styles of other people and learn other songs that you like or that challenge you. And it kind of makes you think differently. It’s, like, ‘Oh, this guy did these chords,’ or, ‘This guy played this kind of groove.’ ‘I bet I can do that in an original song.’ So, yeah, it’s kind of like training.”

Lzzy Hale recently told Swedish outlet RockSverige that HALESTORM is continuing to write material for its next album, tentatively due next year. Hale revealed: “You have no idea the weird songs I’ve been writing, subject matter and musically. Musically, it’s kinda been a long journey to the beginning, so we’re kinda going back to our total roots. We’re gonna do a rock record this time. It’s like total balls to the wall, but lyrically, it’s been a little weird and that’s my fault.”

The new record will follow up 2015’s “Into The Wild Life”

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