FINALLY...today (06/18) is the day...Jerry Cantrell, Degradation Trip...in stores now...your wait is indeed over. So, what sort of special feature do we have for you? We sat down with our Controller, Neil, for his view on Jerry's debut Roadrunner release: Roadrunner: The song most people have heard first on this release is the track currently at radio, "Anger Rising". Your thoughts? Neil: When I first got a copy of Degradation Trip I listened to the singles, "ANGER RISING" and "ANGEL EYES", and thought "Yeah, sounds good." But the more I listened to the entire album, I realized there's some great stuff on here that goes well beyond the songs slated for radio play. Particularly lyrically, as Jerry has a real eloquence when it comes to relating his experiences. Roadrunner: And one of those songs where the lyrics hit you? Neil: The first song that caught my attention was "SOLITUDE". While Jerry insists that this album is all about his own experiences, it's hard not to be reminded of Layne Staley when listening to this one. It paints a beautiful, haunting picture of someone who's lost the battle against his own demons, leaving oneself "downside up for good...long gone the will to fight". Listen to this one and consider that Staley was found alone in his apartment, having passed away some time earlier. Roadrunner: Perhaps. Another song which sticks out? Neil: Another good one is "GIVE IT A NAME". It's the most upbeat track and the closest to anything on Jerry's solo debut Boggy Depot - "Alice In Chains" fan alert: this album is a lot closer to AIC than Boggy. It's got an almost country twang to it, which sounds pretty neat coming from one of the founding fathers of grunge. Roadrunner: Best chorus on the album? Neil: There's a great chorus in "CHEMICAL TRIBE", track 11...it's a chorus that will stick in your head like an errant fish hook. I've been singing it in the office for weeks. It has my favorite lyric on the album - "No last supper rites..Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table ...". Damn that's cold! Roadrunner: Song you don't understand? Neil: One title I can't decipher is "MOTHER'S SPINNING IN HER GRAVE (GLASS DICK JONES)". If anyone knows what the expression "Glass Dick Jones" means please drop me a line - (answer here) Roadrunner: Any disappointment? Neil: The only thing I've been disappointed by is that there are no lepers in the video for "ANGER RISING". You'd think for all the money these videos cost - hey, remember, I am the Controller - you could at least get some lepers when the song calls for it. Lepers aside, I think Jerry's really put together some good stuff. Roadrunner: Last words? Neil: Yes, one last thing - I read that Jerry rarely bathed during the recording process. Gotta love that! The whole bathing thing is so overrated. To honor this, I will not be bathing on release day, June 18th. we thank Neil for his time...and true to his word, in honor of the Cantrell release today, Neil did not bath...when asked if he wore deodorant today, "Just a little bit. I do have to go into the management meeting." Jerry Cantrell Degradation Trip in stores now...