Fuel will be touring the US in 2014 in support of their forthcoming album Puppet Strings (March 4th / MRI), including an album release party March 4th at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Tour dates are listed on tour page. Puppet Strings marks the first album in 10 years with frontman Brett Scallions.
“Rock and roll is very much alive and well on this album,” says Scallions. The sound is pure, anthemic rock inspired by the punk records of the band’s youth (the heavy, driving “Yeah” and first single, “Soul to Preach To”) and the Memphis blues sound that taps into Brett’s Tennessee roots (“Hey Mama”). “We were simply trying to write the best songs we possibly could, ” adds Brett, who wrote the album with guitarist Andy Andersson and bassist Brad Stewart, formerly of Shinedown. “With Andy and Brad, I found the unity I’d always craved.”
During his time away from Fuel, Brett continued to write music and toured with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors. “When I left Fuel I was miserable. It didnt feel much like a band anymore. Unity was nonexistent. Singing with Ray and Robby opened a whole new perspective on music and life for me. I realized how much music is truly all about freedom and not being confined to formats or singles.”
Brett, Andy, Brad and drummer Shannon Boone will be on the road throughout 2014 in support of Puppet Strings.
Fuel formed in 1993 while playing the club circuit in and around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The band signed to Sony and in 1998, released their well-received debut album Sunburn and massive single “Shimmer”. Their second album Something Like Human hit multi-platinum status with the singles “Innocent” and “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)”, followed by 2003’s Natural Selection (“Falls on Me”). The band has been selling out dates since 2010 with the current lineup and return of Scallions.