The new Saliva album Back Into Your System isn't coming out until November 12, but in an effort to capitalize on the pre-release buzz, the band has already dropped the first single, "Always."
The track, which is receiving heavy airplay across the country, is more melodic than anything from the band's major-label debut, Every Six Seconds, taking a cue from "Hero," the song Saliva frontman Josey Scott and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger wrote and recorded for the "Spider-Man" soundtrack (see "Nickelback, Saliva, Pearl Jam Members Make 'Hero' Sandwich For Spidey").
"Always" starts with a delicate undistorted guitar line and Scott singing softly about a troubled relationship. After he croons, "Am I your one and only desire/ Am I the reason you breathe or am I the reason you cry," the song builds with moody drums and the song title repeated six times before Scott shouts, "I just can't live without you." Then distorted bursts of guitar kick in for the chorus, "I love you, I hate you, I can't get around you/ I breathe you, I taste you, I can't live without you."
"We wanted that song to have a strong buildup," Scott said Wednesday after band practice. "It takes you to different places and different levels of intensity. We worked hard to find those tones and sounds that really expressed all the different moods in the song. It starts out smooth and sweet and ends up being very violent."
The sonic flow mirrors the lyrics of the track, which is about a dysfunctional relationship worsened by domestic abuse. One reason the song impacts so strongly is because Scott based it on life experience.
"My girlfriend's sister Christie went through something pretty nasty with a young man she was involved with," he explained. "I just took it from her life and applied it to mine."
To really capture Christie's viewpoint, Scott put himself in her shoes and wrote in first person from a woman's perspective: "I've seen the blood all over your hands/ Does it make you feel more like a man?"
While the climax of the song, in which the victim shoots and kills her abuser, is fictional, Scott said he added it because it completes the story in a satisfying and vindicating fashion.
"She just gets sick and tired of being sick and tired and f---in' handles her business," he said. "She drops his ass and I love it."
Next week Saliva will shoot a video for "Always," though the band hasn't yet decided upon a director or a treatment.
Scott said the second single from Back Into Your System (see "Saliva Hide Away To Make LP About Returning To The Fans") will likely be "Weight of the World," a surging song that also see-saws between a brooding soft verse and a noisier harmony-laden chorus and ends in a brief, combustive rap.
Other track titles include "Separated Self," "Holding On," Raise Up," "Superstar II," the title track and the ballad "Rest in Pieces," which was written by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx (see "Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Writes For Backstreet, Meat Loaf").