Gene Simmons on New Kiss Album: "All The Songs Are Arranged and Written"

In a new interview with QMI Agency's Darryl Sterdan, Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons revealed that the band's latest album is nearing completion. You can read an excerpt from the conversation below:

Q: What can you tell me about the new Kiss album?

A: "We have all the songs arranged and written and all that. Like Sonic Boom, all the songs were written by the band. Paul (Stanley - vocals, rhythm guitar) is producing this one too. The first day in the studio, we cut two songs. So we're steaming ahead, not thinking too much about it."

Q: Are you aiming for the same late-'70s vibe as Sonic Boom?

A: "It's not just late-'70s, it's the classic sound of all time. Styles come and go; the only thing that sticks is the Rolling Stones and AC/DC, meat and potatoes stuff. That stuff is forever. When was the last time you listened to Men Without Hats? I personally would like to find the guy who came up with the name of that band. It's the stupidest name. You will never get laid with a name like that. Men Without Hats. Oh my fucking god. Kill me now. You might as well wear a T-shirt that says, 'Please beat me up'."

Read the full interview here.

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.