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Tom Maxwell “never into” older Hellyeah albums

Posted by on January 2, 2015

Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell spoke with LoudWire about how a new line-up helped shaped their latest album, Blood for Blood, which came out in 2014 and debuted at #17 on the Billboard Charts.

Touching on the band’s recent line-up change, he spoke a bit on the band’s previous three albums, which he wasn’t to into:

“I got so sick and tired. I was never into the other albums. Chad and the others might disagree but I think we missed our mark completely on the second record. It’s not what I set out to do. When me and Chad formed this band, we never were going to write songs like ‘Hell of a Time’ or any of that Southern stuff. I don’t have any connection to that kind of stuff. I don’t know anything about it. It just felt dishonest for me.”

Maxwell didn’t really pull any punches later in the interview, having some choice words for the Hellyeah style over the years.

“Mind you, our past few records kind of missed that mark. It really pigeonholed us to a certain style and certain audience that weren’t useful. It was just that Southern hillbilly anthem bulls–t that I hated so much.”

In 2015 Hellyeah will be hitting the road on a headlining tour with support from Devour the Day and Like a Storm.

Hellyeah tour dates with Devour the Day and Like a Storm:

2/6 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
2/7 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
2/8 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
2/10 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/11 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
2/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Grand Room
2/14 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
2/15 – Wichita, KA @ The Cotillion
2/17 – Kansas City, MO — Arvest Bank Theatre / The Midland
2/18 – Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theatre
2/20 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
2/21 – Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/22 – Minneapolis, MN. @ Mill City Nights
2/24 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
2/25 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
2/27 – Philadelphia. PA @ Trocadero
2/28 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
3/1 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/3 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
3/4 – Knoxville, TN @ Concourse / The International
3/6 – Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By the Sea
3/7 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
3/8 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage

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