FUEL return August 7 with ANGELS AND DEVILS, which opens up an exciting new chapter for a band that has sold over 3.5 million albums in the U.S. and scored a trio of top 5 singles--“Shimmer,” “Innocent” and “Hemorrhage (In My Hands”), the latter of which remained at #1 for 12 weeks--and toured with Aerosmith, Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down. For the new Epic CD, featuring the first single “Wasted Time,” founding members CARL BELL (guitarist and primary songwriter) and JEFF ABERCROMBIE (bass) welcome new singer TORYN GREEN to the group. In addition to Green, FUEL has a powerhouse new drummer, Tommy Stewart, formerly of Godsmack.
The #1 most-added song on rock radio its first week, “Wasted Time” starts with acoustic guitars, evocative strings and weary vocals before blossoming into a beautifully melancholy song driven by strong hooks and an undeniable chorus. “I don’t have the most optimistic view of relationships,” Bell admits. “On a planetary scale, divorce rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and it just seems inevitable, almost. Maybe men and women aren’t supposed to live together, I don’t know?”
A live concert and rock radio staple since their 1998 full-length debut, FUEL are primed to build on their already formidable list of achievements with ANGELS AND DEVILS, which showcases the powerful vocals of Green, whom the band found via an open internet search. “When we heard his stuff and met him, we knew he was everything we were looking for,” says Bell.
With producer Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee), FUEL began recording the CD last August and quickly had 30 songs to choose from. “Toryn picked up the vibe of what we were doing so quickly,” says Bell, known for his driving guitars and subtly poignant lyrics. “After just a few practices, it was like he’s always been with us.”
Stepping into his new role as lead singer of FUEL, Toryn says: “Having the opportunity to get in there and work with these guys who are pros and have done such great records--I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. They pushed me, but that’s where I feel the most comfortable. I wanted to take myself to the limit…”
Look for FUEL to perform at the following radio festivals in July before announcing their further tour plans in connection with ANGELS AND DEVILS. Catch up with them at www.FUELweb.com.
w/Godsmack, Daughtry, Gov’t Mule
Fri 7/20 Cadott, WI Chippewa Valley Music Festival
w/Incubus, Simon Daws, Papa Roach, Hinder, Buckcherry, The Exies
Sat 7/21 Council Bluffs, IA WestFair Amphitheatre
Fri 8/31 Charleston, WV Charleston Sternwheel Regatta
w/Hinder, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Tesla
Sat 9/15 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach
w/Hinder, Papa Roach, Revelation Theory
Sun 9/16 Winston-Salem, NC Lawrence Joel Vet. Memorial Coliseum