For the past four months, Saliva's comeback single "Ladies & Gentlemen" has been perched near the top of Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Clearly, the exposure helped propel the group's new LP, Blood Stained Love Story, to #19, the band's highest debut on the albums chart. And that's all without the support of a video, which will finally surface next month.
"It's gonna be crazy," frontman Josey Scott said of the clip, which was shot by Steve Penta (The Killers) in New York in late February and features sexy former Suicide Girls boxing in a ring. "I think it will blow the song over the top, which is exactly what we wanted. We didn't want to hit people with everything at once. We wanted to put out the song first, then the album and now the video, and we're gonna work it until the wheels fall off."
While the ladies in the video flexed their muscles, Scott flexed his acting abilities, playing multiple roles including announcer, trainer and referee. "I got to stand there and watch these chicks beat the sh-- out of each other," he said. "It was great."
When "Ladies & Gentlemen" finally runs its course, Saliva will go to radio with Blood Stained Love Story's second single, which will likely be "Never Gonna Change." Scott wrote the melodic ballad about guitarist Wayne Swinny's divorce.
"When I started it, I asked Wayne, 'Is it OK if I write about this and your situation?' and he was like, 'Yeah, sure,' " Scott said. "It's the kind of song that anyone who has been through any hardship can relate to. I guess I really like stuff that's real, and over the two years we took off as a band, we had marriages, funerals, babies born and bandmember changes. So, there was a lot to write about for this record."
Saliva have shows scheduled through April 29, and there will surely be more gigs, singles and videos to hit in 2007. And, whenever he can find a window, Scott continues to work on music and acting projects outside of the band. In April, he plans to hook up with "American Idol" superstar Chris Daughtry to write a song for an upcoming soundtrack.
"We're really good friends and we thought it would be fun to do," Scott said. "Ever since he became famous, we've been talking on the phone. We're both Southern boys and he worked with my producer, Bob Marlette, on his new record. Bob gave him my number one day, and he called me out of the blue and we totally hit it off."
Scott is also making plans to act in an upcoming, yet-untitled film written and directed by Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") and produced by John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood," "Shaft"). Scott said he will have a supporting role in the movie but wouldn't reveal any more information. The Wichita Eagle has reported that the film will be loosely based on the life of country music star Gretchen Wilson, and that Scott will play her drummer.
"I'm real excited about it, but I didn't audition or anything," Scott told MTV News. "Craig just called me and said, 'We got this movie, and I want you to play this guy,' and I was like, 'All right, bring it on.' "
Scott first worked with Brewer on 2005's "Hustle & Flow," in which he played a storeowner. He also played officer Rodney Gronbeck in 13 episodes of the TV show "Wanted." Still, he has no aspirations of being the next Will Smith.
"I really don't want to do more in Hollywood," he said. "If think if I can do a movie once in a while and get that acting bug out of me, I'll be satisfied with that. I don't want to have a meteoric rise as an actor. I want to build a career slowly and steadily like I have with Saliva."