Featured Artist: Fuel
Fuel broke out on the rock music scene in the late 90s/early 2000s. The band’s breakout debut album Sunburn launched them into the spotlight with hits like “Jesus or a Gun”, “Shimmer”, and “Bittersweet”. The band found more success with their following album Something More Than Human which contained other rock radio hits “Last Time”, “Bad Day”, and their massive mainstream hit “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)”.
The band has continued to find success over the years and are currently on tour and in the midst of producing new music. I recently sat down with frontman Brett Scallions to talk about the band’s upcoming plans as well as the future of Fuel.
M365: So tell us what has Fuel has been up to for the year?
Brett: We’ve just been playing shows and touring, touring. more touring. We’ve been out all year playing some cool shows and working on new music. I’m at home now getting my studio ready, it usually takes one or two days to get everything set up and ready to start recording again. We were out all summer touring so it’s nice to be home again and be able to do things in between shows.
We’re going to Australia in December and we’ll be there for a couple of weeks. From there we’re launching the 20th anniversary of Sunburn and we’ll out all next year touring that album
M365: Can fans expect to hear the album in its entirety?
Brett: We’ll play every song off that record and at some point during the show throw in some stuff from other albums and possibly some new material as well but the main focus is gonna be the Sunburn album
M365: I saw you guys recently finished the Rockin’ Road Trip Tour with Candlebox, Dishalla, and Marcy Playground how was that tour?
Brett: Great! Those guys are awesome. We had a blast together. It’s nice when everybody gets along and having fun and playing great rock and roll. There’s a lot of hits between the bands so the fans were getting their fair share too
M365: Was this your first time touring together? Did you guys play together before during the 90’s?
Brett: I mean we’ve done festivals together and things like that but we’ve never signed off on a tour together
M365: You mentioned that you guys were going into the studio soon. Would this be all new material you’re working on or previous songs leftover from the last album [Puppet Strings]?
Brett: Right now I have a whole bunch of new songs that I’m working on and I have no idea what’s gonna happen when it comes to the new material. There is a back catalog of stuff and it’s sitting there but my goal right now is to beat it and just work on new songs and get that all together for next year for sure.
Who knows if the songs from the last album will ever see the light of day, there’s great material there no doubt but my main focus right now is beating up those [new] songs
M365: Can fans expect to hear a taste of any new material this year?
Brett: Doubtful. Right now it’s in the embryo stage and I’m just now getting my rig together to flesh out some of the ideas I’ve come up with this past summer. So that’s where I’m at right now but there’ll be some stuff out next year for sure.
M365: I know it’s a bit early to tell but do you have an idea for you want the new album to sound? Will it be different than Puppet Strings or sort of in the same vain?
Brett: Who knows [laughs] the few songs that I’m working on right now are sort of in the same vain, a little country and blues and things like that. I’m a firm believer in punk rock and there’s always gonna be that element in what I do. I like things to be aggressive so who knows how it’s all gonna turn out.
You can have a song idea but until it’s actually recorded you don’t know what kind of song it’s gonna be, you know? It kinda morphs itself as you progress and as the ideas continue to flow in as you’re building the song. Some songs are heavier than I thought they would be or some are lighter than I thought they would be, you just don’t know.
Listen to the full interview below