Stabbing Westward is back with chasing ghosts, their brand new album, which is out today (March 18), and is their first since 2001. To commemorate the release of the album, frontman Christopher Hall joined Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez to chat, and he explained why the band initially broke up back in 2002.
“I think a bunch of things happened simultaneously. The music industry was collapsing, it was true – 2000 is just when Napster and music downloads were just at an all-time high, and the record labels They were hemorrhaging money They weren’t selling For a while they had a monopoly on $15 CD’s so first they made money and then when people found out about MP3s they got said, ‘Oh, we can have all the recorded songs for free if I just want to spend 72 hours straight drinking Mountain Dew and downloading songs,'” Hall recalled.
Due to the lack of revenue the labels were getting, they started dropping bands, and Stabbing Westward was one of the victims dropped by Columbia. They found out about the news before the release of their fourth album, which Hall said put a lot of stress on himself and his bandmates.
Nevertheless, the band persisted and landed another recording contract on an independent label, which the singer identifies as when the dynamic within the band really started to get messy.
“There were people outside the band who were whispering in our ears, saying things like, ‘If you changed your sound, you could be a lot bigger than you are now. You should have been a lot bigger than you are not.’ The people in the band were kind of okay with that, so there was a lot of pressure to try and reinvent the band, and then a couple of us were like, ‘No, we think we should just be who we are, we’ve got a good, solid fan base. Let’s hang on to them, let’s not want more of them, “and that kind of pulled the bands in two different directions,” Hall continued.
Stabbing Westward released their self-titled fourth album through Koch Entertainment, which was acquired by Entertainment One in 2005. Hall noted that the album, indeed, sounded different, and that it was not successful for them. This only heightened the tensions between the band members, as some of them had pushed for a new sound, while others had not.
The band reunited for a tour in 2016 to celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band, but they had no plans to make the reunion permanent at that time. However, at the end of 2019, they announced that a new EP titled dead and gone would be released in early 2020. In the fall of 2021, they performed a handful of shows, then dropped the song “I Am Nothing”.
Now, chasing ghosts is available everywhere. Stream the album below and tune into Loudwire Nights tonight at 7 p.m. ET to hear more reunion and album details.
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