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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Release New Album This Summer

Mar 31, 2014 at 3:09 PM | Music News | By Rock Square

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who have been logging time in the studio since 2011, will finally release a new album, Hypnotic Eye, this summer. The record is Petty’s first album with the Heartbreakers since 2010’s bluesy Mojo, and it will find Tom and his crew returning to their no-frills rock ‘n’ roll roots. 

“I knew I wanted to do a rock ‘n’ roll record,” Petty explained in a recent interview. “We hadn’t made a straight hard rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.”

According to Petty, the recording process took a while due in part to early missteps. Petty and the Heartbreakers ditched their first batch of songs back in 2011 because the new tunes hewed too closely to the blues-based sound of Mojo. And according to Petty, if something’s not working, his band will let him know.

“They can’t hide it,” explained Petty. “If they’re not lighting up, something’s wrong. It would be very hard to make this record without a band that has been together this long, with those kinds of instincts. I’m relieved to have that.”

And while it remains to be seen whether Petty has successfully captured the energy and verve of his early work, one thing is for sure: the man still loves his job.

“I never thought I’d be this busy at this point in my life,” Petty said. “I never expected to be at this point, doing stuff and figuring out how to get it to people. This band just grows and grows, and that’s an incredible gift. I can’t see us calling it off. They’re still the guys I want to play with--and the guys who understand my songs the best.”

In addition to a tour in support of Hypnotic Eye, Petty plans to release a two-disc reissue of his 1994 album Wildflowers, which will come packaged with ten previously unreleased songs.

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