The past few years have been rough on one Scott Weiland. First he was rejected by his old supergroup Velvet Revolver, and then he was fired from Stone Temple Pilots and replaced with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington just a few months later. But now, the singer has found himself a new supergroup and, once again, he’s teaming up with a member of Guns N’ Roses.
Weiland has joined GNR guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Disturbed bassist John Moyer, and twin brothers Jon (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums) to form Art of Anarchy. According to the band’s bio, Thal and the Votta boys have been friends for 18 years. When the twins came to the GNR guitarist “with the idea of putting together a unique new rock band that would have people talking,” they quickly added Weiland and Moyer. The band credits Vince Votta with coming up with the name, apparently coined because it had to be “extreme, uncompromising, and make a bold statement.”
In wonderfully hyperbolic prose, the PR says the band will deliver “over-the-top songs that break rock music boundaries with an all-or-nothing attitude.” Art of Anarchy’s self-titled debut album is set for release in spring of this year, and it “promises to transform a new generation into rock enthusiasts and die-hard ‘Anarchists’.” Jon Votta co-wrote the material with Bumblefoot, who also produced the record.
For a taste of the kind of anarchistic rock music this “mega group” (their words) is packing, take a listen to a two-song teaser below.
We’ll let Art of Anarchy send you off with the epic closing line from their press bio: “Rock was never dead — just dormant — and Art of Anarchy is planning to wake it up. They’ll break all the rules and leave you wanting more Anarchy!”
Update: It appears news of Art of Anarchy’s formation has caught Weiland somewhat off guard. “I just saw some press about a side project called Art of Anarchy that I worked on last year,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too; we had a lot of fun.” However, Weiland suggested obligations with his solo project the Wildabouts, will prevent further activities with Art of Anarchy. “When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out. In the meantime, if you want to check out where I’m at RIGHT NOW, check out my band, SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS.”