Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen and Rob Caggiano on chasing away pandemic anxiety with a Boss HM-2 and the rush of a new album

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In March 2020, when it became clear that Volbeat (and every other artist) would be off tour for months due to the Covid outbreak, frontman Michael Poulsen started writing the follow-up to the band’s 2019 album, Rewind, Replay, Rebound

As a gift preview for fans, Volbeat released two songs from the album – Wait a Minute My Girl and Dagen Før – on June 2, 2021. The former is a ramped-up slab of psychobilly that sounds like the Misfits crossed with the Cramps (replete with piano and sax solo). The latter is a passionate rock ballad with female vocals, light arpeggios and long, slow guitar hooks.

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Jon Wiederhorn

Jon is an author, journalist, and podcaster who recently wrote and hosted the first 12-episode season of the acclaimed Backstaged: The Devil in Metal, an exclusive from Diversion Podcasts/iHeart. He is also the primary author of the popular Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and the sole author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends. In addition, he co-wrote I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax (with Scott Ian), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen), and My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret). Wiederhorn has worked on staff as an associate editor for Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Guitar Magazine, and senior writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo.com, Revolver, Inked, Loudwire.com and other publications and websites.