"If there was a channel that showed nothing but hysteria and panic, it would be the highest-rated channel on TV," says guitarist Dave Navarro. "We like to think of creating music as a way to channel the panic into something tangible."
The "we" refers to Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, bassist Chris Chaney and lead singer Steve Isaacs. The four comprise THE PANIC CHANNEL. "(ONe)", the band's debut album, isn't due out until September 12, but they'll be previewing songs from it on their upcoming spring tour. And on May 16, the day the tour launches, a two-song digital-only release will become available featuring "Why Cry", the lead single from the forthcoming CD, and "Tea House Of The Spirits", another album track.
Fans may be surprised by the sound of "(ONe)", given the former JANE'S ADDICTION members' previous endeavors — Navarro's solo material and work with the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, Perkins' with PORNO FOR PYROS and BANYAN, and Chaney's with ALANIS MORISSETTE, TOMMY LEE and TAYLOR HAWKINS.
Collaborating with Isaacs has catapulted them into fresh terrain. "When a new person comes in, you can't help but evolve," says Navarro, who will soon begin shooting another season of CBS' "Rock Star". "Steve comes from a singer/songwriter background, whereas Perkins and I come from more of a jamming and experimental background, and I think what we came up with is a great combination of songs and musicianship."
An inevitable question arises when considering the album's title: what precisely is "(ONe)"? Is it a typo? Leetspeek? All of the above, none of the above? (ONe) signifies many things. (ONe) = one, as in the first record, 1. (ONe) = on as in the channel is on. There is nothing more than ONE, spiritually speaking. And the parentheses? They hold everything together. And in this age of panic, that's critical.
THE PANIC CHANNEL spring tour dates:
May 16 - San Diego, CA - Canes
May 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Martini Ranch
May 19 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
May 20 - Houston, TX - Red Room @ Meridan
May 22 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy
May 24 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
May 25 - New York, NY - Avalon
May 26 - Boston, MA - Paradise
May 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
May 28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Music Box
May 30 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
May 31 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
Jun. 01 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Café
Jun. 03 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
Jun. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Jun. 06 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
Jun. 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy
Check out the song "Go On" at this location.