“’Derelict Palace’ is about watching someone that you care about disappear into drug addiction,” guitarist Rich Jones explains. Musically, the track takes on a melodic, somber tone. “I had been listening to a lot of post-punk when I wrote it – Echo & The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, The Church – and I wanted to see if we could push the band in that kind of musical direction” adds Jones.
The single is aptly accompanied with an eerie, yet mesmerizing, video showing the band performing in a desolate, gothic, manor house, including scenes of Monroe flicking a switchblade knife gifted to him recently in Milan by none other than Alice Cooper himself.
Michael Monroe adds, “the song was written about people who get a little too into drugs and before you know it, they kind of disappear from all of the people and things that they used to love. Of course, that’s sad, but that said, there’s something cool about being an outcast and not fitting in… This is one of my favorite songs off the ‘I Live Too Fast To Die Young’ album and it adds a nice new dimension to my band’s sound and style. Plus, we found the perfect place to film the video for it!”
At a time when it seems increasingly hard to remain positive, ‘I Live Too Fast To Die Young’ encompasses eleven lean, mean, raw slices of rock ‘n’ roll joy. Even when the key goes minor, Monroe’s music always seems to retain at the very least a hopeful edge, something he ascribes to a specific Finnish quality.
“Finnish people are experts in melancholia,” Monroe affirms, “and a lot of that melancholia – certain chords and sounds, even though they’re minor keys – is not necessarily sad. It’s just kind of a melancholic feeling that feels good in the end.”
Michael Monroe and gang will be joining Black Star Riders on their 2023 UK tour along with Motörhead’s Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons. The tour will kick-off on February 13 at Nottingham’s Rock City and conclude at London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on February 26.
For tickets and more information please visit: www.michaelmonroe.com
Michael Monroe – lead vocals, harmonica
Steve Conte – guitars, vocals
Rich Jones – guitars, vocals
Karl Rockfist – drums
Sami Yaffa – bass, vocals
Recorded and mixed by Erno “Error” Laitinen at Inkfish Studios, Helsinki, Finland
Produced by Erno “Error” Laitinen, Michael Monroe, Rich Jones, Sami Yaffa, Steve Conte & Karl Rockfist
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers
Slash – guitar solo & additional guitars on “I Live Too Fast To Die Young”
Lenni-Kalle Taipale – Piano on “Antisocialite” & “Can’t Stop Falling Apart”
Suvi Aalto & Astrid Nicole – Additional backing vocals on “Can’t Stop Falling Apart” & “Murder The Summer Of Love”
Neil Leyton – Additional backing vocals on “Everybody’s Nobody”, “Murder the Summer of Love” & “All Fighter”