BLACK STONE CHERRY are set to release their seventh studio album, The Human Condition on October 30th via
Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. The collection will be available on Red Transparent Vinyl, Limited Edition CD
Boxset and Digitally.
The Human Condition was completed mere days before the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed and as events
progressed, it became apparent that the album the Kentucky band were completing featured lyrics that were eerily
“There was a real urgency and fear of the unknown during those sessions - it was a scary time,” recalls drummer,
John Fred Young. “Every song on this album tells a story of the experiences we all go through - our happiness, our
struggles, and how we have to adapt.” The album’s opening lyrics are: “People, people, your attention please, I
need to tell you about a new disease” (from ‘Ringin’ In My Head). The song was written 4 years ago, but powerfully
captures the hysteria around the COVID-19 outbreak. On “Push Down & Turn,” BSC masterfully use space to achieve
crushing swamp-metal dynamics. The stirring track talks about mental health, boldly advocating getting treatment if
you’re struggling. “I suffer from manic depression and I have severe anxiety. I want to convey it’s okay to go to a
doctor and talk about these issues. There is no shame or stigma there,” Chris Robertson shares.
The Human Condition was self-produced and tracked in bassist Jon Lawhon's recording facility, Monocle Studios. The
guys went in with 4 songs, wrote some new ones and recorded a few beloved, unreleased favourites. For the first
time, the band opted to not record basics live and instead meticulously multi tracked. Each member endured
grueling sessions to ensure the collective studio mindset of achieving “epic performances.” The results are stunning;
the grooves feel organic, the riffs are mountainous, the performances are urgent and the hooks shine gloriously.
Sonically, The Human Condition is one of BSC’s most visceral and hooky releases. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Wells
explains, “With this one, we cranked up the amps, the drums are in your face, and there are some really heavy riffs.
After 19 years and 7 albums, we wanted to prove that we still kick ass. This album feels like a rebirth.”
“When I listen back to this record, I feel all these different emotions,” Jon Lawhon says. “We started when we were
teens, and life has taken its course, especially now. Through it all, your heart and your perspectives change, but one
thing that hasn’t changed is our connection as friends.” Chris affirms: “This is a brotherhood. It’s been amazing to
stick around with all four original members and still be inspired. Here’s to 7 more albums and another 19 years!”