Stabbing Westward will release “Chasing Ghosts,” its first album in more than 20 years, on March 18, 2022, via COP International Records. The album, the band’s first since its self-titled effort in 2001, will feature 10 tracks that have the industrial rock band’s characteristic sound with a modern sheen that picks up right where it left off.
In celebration of the news, Stabbing Westward is giving a taste of the upcoming material by sharing the single “I Am Nothing” alongside a new lyric video. A number of limited-edition physical copies for “I Am Nothing” are available for sale at https://stabbingwestward.bandcamp.com/album/i-am-nothing.
“Chasing Ghosts” will feature new songs, as well as re-workings of the band’s 2020 reunion EP, “Dead and Gone.” Original founding members Christopher Hall (vocals/guitar) and Walter Flakus (keyboards/programming) hone in on the partnership that produced a string of hits that dominated alternative radio and film soundtracks in the 1990s, including “Shame,” “Save Yourself” and “What Do I Have to Do?,” and resulted in two Gold records.
To recreate that original chemistry, the band recruited producer John Fryer to again helm “Chasing Ghosts.” Fryer, whose production credits include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, 4AD, Cocteau Twins and Love and Rockets, originally worked with Stabbing Westward on its best-selling early releases “Ungod” (1994) and “Wither Blister Burn + Peel” (1996). “Chasing Ghosts” was mastered by Tom Baker, who, like Fryer, worked with Stabbing Westward on the early releases. The current Stabbing Westward band lineup includes Carlton Bost (guitars and programming) and Bobby Amaro (drums).
“It seems like we’ve been working on this album for a long time, trying to get it just right,” Flakus said. “With the help of John Fryer and COP International, everything fell into place. We are so excited for the world to finally hear the album. The single ‘I Am Nothing’ is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Hall said: “It’s great to be back, and working with John Fryer and Tom Baker again was awesome and felt like making a pure old-school Stabbing Westward album. I am excited to see how people will receive the new songs.”
Presales for “Chasing Ghosts” will begin in early January and fans are encouraged to sign up for email reminders here. The album, featuring artwork by David Seidman (an artist who has worked with Coheed and Cambria and is known for his ethereal and surrealistic imagery) will be available in digital, CD and vinyl formats, with full details and exclusive, limited-edition merch to be announced soon.
The full track listing for “Chasing Ghosts” is as follows:
- I Am Nothing
- Damaged Goods
- Ctrl Z
- Dead & Gone
- The End