During a recent interview with Rock Sound, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale discussed the material that she has been working on amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to the extra downtime, the frontwoman says she has been able to write “some of the best songs [she’s] ever written.”
Hale said the following:
“I’ve been writing, honestly, some of the best songs I’ve ever written, because I’ve just had the time, and there isn’t any deadline and nobody’s breathing down my neck, saying, ‘Hey, where are those demos?’.
I haven’t been home without a gig for this long in probably over 15 years, so that’s a strange thing. I think in one way, I have the time, but in another way, I’m seeking that high out, I’m seeking that joy that I find from playing out live every night. I’m not writing for any other reason — I’m not writing for a deadline, I’m not writing for a record, even though technically I am; we are technically working on a new HALESTORM record. But I’m writing from such a position of joy right now, literally just getting excited about some small piece of music. And I’m taking more risks now, because I have the space and the time and I’ve settled into something. And I’m not even quite sure what that is, and I feel like it’s gonna reveal itself maybe later, but right now, I’m in it, and it’s exciting.
It’s funny, because I thought about these pros and cons. The cons of this pandemic have been I have to be home and I don’t get to do what I love to do, as in travel. I’m not with my road crew and my bandmates every day. But on the other hand, everything that I was writing before the pandemic hit I kind of put on the backburner and I just started fresh. The lyrics mean something different now, and the music means something different now. It’s not just this thing you do because it’s fun to play. It’s almost like you’re being your own ambassador of rock music. And what does that actually mean to you, besides just, like, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna rock out.’ Like, what is that? So it’s been fun to go down that rabbit hole.”
She also added the following when asked if any songs are fully tracked:
“I have a lot that’s fully tracked. It’s kind of been a relay sport, because we’re not all in the same room. So how it’s pretty much been going is that, obviously, I have a studio down here, but I have two writing stations upstairs — one by a piano and then one just a simple rock rig with a guitar. So basically, I’ve been writing the song in its entirety in how I see fit, and then I pass the baton to my guitar player, and then I pass the baton to our rhythm section, and then we discuss it later. It’s been really exciting. We have a lot that’s finished, which I think is awesome.
With this pandemic and the future kind of being unknown, at least for me, the way I’m feeling is that I’m living in the now. I’m, like, hey, if this is the last song I ever write right now, I’m gonna finish it and I’m gonna enjoy every bit of it. I’m not gonna settle. I’m not writing for radio or what I think the fans wanna hear or what I think our label wants to hear, our management — whatever it is — I’m writing from an element of my truth. And I’ve always done that, but I think it’s just peeling back another layer of that onion.”