In a brand new interview with Sweden's RockSverige, ALTER BRIDGE frontman Myles Kennedy confirmed that the band's new song "Native Son" was inspired by his love of the French metal act GOJIRA. "When I wrote that riff, I had certainly been listening to a lot of GOJIRA, so it was something that I could see was totally rubbing off on what I was feeling at the moment," he said. "I think that they're, in my opinion, the most important metal band out there right now. They're moving the needle as far as newer bands go — bands within the last two decades. They blow my mind. And the cool thing about GOJIRA is that they're also incredibly cool guys, for as talented as they are. They're really just stand-up, great individuals, so I'm definitely rooting for them. They're special."
Asked what is it about GOJIRA's music that he finds so special and interesting, Myles said: "I think it's just that it's smart. It's not just pure cookie-cutter metal riffs. To me, it's not status quo. They're trying to do something unique between the way Joe [Duplantier, guitar, vocals] approaches things with his guitar parts and his brother [Mario Duplantier], who's a genius drummer… I think a lot of the rhythms that take place under a lot of the riffs really help establish their sound and that's part of what makes them so unique. I mean, I could just go on and on. There are just so many elements, and the visual elements are great too. Their production is amazing, and they've just got all the boxes checked. They're really a groundbreaking band and they're going to be around for a long time."
"Native Son" appears on ALTER BRIDGE's latest album, "Walk The Sky", which was released on October 18 via Napalm Records.
ALTER BRIDGE just completed a co-headining tour with SKILLET. The "Victorious Sky" trek kicked off on September 22 in Baltimore and ran through October 25 in Orlando.