With the release of his first solo album just two months away, Dave Navarro is faced with a situation he's not had to deal with in bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction he'll be in the spotlight, thrust to the forefront, "exposed," he says.
"At this point I've kind of had to develop a thick skin to some of my thoughts on the record," Navarro said of Trust No One, due June 19.
"Here's the one thing about opening your guts: it's very easy to do when you're sitting in your living room with an acoustic guitar. I write stuff that's really personal because in essence I'm trying to communicate with myself. ... I think if I expose enough there's really nothing to hide from ultimately that's my goal."
Navarro's solo debut was a long time coming. He had an album completed in 1998, which he planned to release under the name Spread. "What I started with and what I ended up with are two different things," he said. He's releasing Trust No One, on which he sings and plays most of the instruments, under his own name because Spread was already taken by another band.
Navarro wasn't at a particularly happy place in his life when he wrote the material on the album, he said. On the first single, "Rexall," he sings: "I hate my life/ I hate my life/ I never want another wife/ I want the life you think I have." He shot a video for the song earlier this month in Los Angeles a clip about "a celebration of the end of the world," he said.
"Rexall" is named after the Los Angeles drug store where Navarro's parents met. But the title was also inspired by his superstitions about the photo booth inside the store. "Everyone I've ever taken a picture with in that photo booth I am no longer friends with," he said. "I had this weird concept that if you take a picture with someone in that booth you eventually won't have them in your life."
The Rexall booth also inspired Navarro to set up his own photo booth in his house, which in turn served as the catalyst for his upcoming book, "Don't Try This at Home." The book features photos of everyone who visited his house over the course of a year and the stories behind their visits, which Navarro retold with the help of New York Times writer Neil Strauss.
Among Navarro's favorite parts in the book are the shots of Angelyne, who has become an icon simply by promoting herself on Hollywood billboards.
"There's the [Mann's] Chinese Theatre, there's the Capitol Records building, there's the Hollywood sign and there's Angelyne billboards she is one of those icons of L.A.," he said. "Her images are so enormous over L.A. that I wanted to do the opposite with these tiny little [photo] strips of her."
Navarro said the album and book "go hand in hand in terms of expression. The record is more figurative because it's music and soundscapes and metaphorical lyrics, whereas the book is literal a literal translation, hard facts and hard stories."
Navarro said he'll tour with a band in support of Trust No One after he finishes a road trip as part of the mostly reunited Jane's Addiction lineup. Jane's may tour on their own, as part of the Jubilee festival frontman Perry Farrell is organizing, or both, the band's management said.