Candlebox Disappearing In Airports on LP
Sixth Studio Effort & First Since 2012
In a storied rock ‘n' roll career of multi-platinum albums and timeless, ubiquitous radio smashes, Candlebox's sixth studio album, Disappearing In Airports, finds the renowned lineup infused with a new energy and openness. With songs ranging from the pissed and urgent "God's Gift" to the edgy unease of "I've Got a Gun" to the amorous romp of "Supernova," Disappearing In Airports is a bold musical statement from a revitalized band.
The amicable departure of original members Scott Mercado and Peter Klett allowed Candlebox the opportunity to shake things up, and that newfound energy and impetus is evident in the dozen tracks on Disappearing In Airports. Guitarists Mike Leslie and Brian Quinn bring freshness to the both band's mega hits like "Far Behind" and "You," as well as different angles to the new material.
For Disappearing in Airports, the band worked with producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Everclear, Rivers of Nihl), cutting the record at Think Loud Studios in York, PA. Post-Love Stories, Martin worked up about seven songs, but a split with their record label postponed recording. So with a new deal with Pavement Entertainment in place and renewed creativity, Candlebox completed and finished four songs in a day, wrote a couple more in the studio, then revisited and reworked previously unfinished songs that fit into the direction Disappearing in Airports was heading.
Songs like the first track to radio, the left-of-center "Vexatious" hooks you in immediate with the drums and irresistible chorus. It is Martin at his editorial best – poignant, lyrical driving the message of the perils of a digitally-connected yet emotionally disconnected world in a powerful rock song. "God's Gift" was even inspired by Kanye West while another controversial subject is tackled in "I've Got A Gun."
Musically, Disappearing in Airports is as heady as it is lyrically. And visually: the album cover is by an artist-friend of Martin's, Scott Fisher, who passed away during the album process.