For a while there recently, it looked there might be a full-on House Of Pain reunion album in the works, with the success of the old Tommy Boy outfit’s surprise comeback tour.
But mighty mouthpiece Everlast (nee Erik Schrody) is instead returning to his folk/bluesy solo career via “Songs Of The Ungrateful Living,” hitting streets on Oct. 18 on his own Martyr Inc. Records.
The first single, “I Get By,” will blast onto modern rock radio on Sept. 12. It features more of his customarily iconoclastic lyrics: “I voted for change and it’s kind of strange/That’s all I’ve got in my pocket.” More incisive commentary follows, in “Long Time” and “Little Miss America.”
“The music industry has changed tremendously over the years,” Everlast notes. “This album is particularly important to me to help express the current chaotic human condition we’re all dealing with.” And in truth, the man doesn’t need House Of Pain — he’s doing fine on his own.
His 1998 solo set “Whitey Ford Sings The Blues” sold over three million copies, and spawned the smash single “What It’s Like.” In 2000, his collaboration with Carlos Santana, “Put Your Lights On,” won him a Grammy, and the recent theme song he composed for TNT’s “Saving Grace” series earned him an Emmy nomination. And he also anchors another side project, La Coka Nostra, when he’s not strumming his forlorn guitar.
Keep up with his return at www.martyr-inc.com.