ZZ Top are set to release ‘La Futura’, their first new album in nine years, on September 10.
The legendary guitar band’s new album is their 15th studio LP, and has been produced by Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons of the band. It is made up of 10 tracks and was recorded at Foam Box Recordings in Houston and at Shangri La Studios in Malibu.
Of the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Mescalero’, Gibbons says: “We thought long and hard about what this album should be. We wanted to recall the directness of our early stuff but not turn our backs on contemporary technology. The result of this melding of the past and the present is, of course, ‘La Futura’.”
Earlier this summer, Gibbons revealed that he and bandmate Dusty Hill once turned down an offer of $1million (£638,000) to shave off their beards. The singer, who has sported a lengthy beard since the group’s formation, told Brave Worlds that he and Hill were approached by Gillette, who offered them the staggering amount of money to shave.
Asked why he turned it down, Gibbons said: “No dice. Even adjusted for inflation, this isn’t going to fly. The prospect of seeing oneself in the mirror clean-shaven is too close to a Vincent Price film… a prospect not to be contemplated, no matter the compensation.”
ZZ Top are currently on tour in North America.
The ‘La Futura’ tracklisting is:
‘I Gotsta Get Paid’
‘Heartache In Blue’
‘I Don’t Wanna Lose, Lose, You’
‘It’s Too Easy Mañana’
‘Big Shiny Nine’
‘Have A Little Mercy’