Cheap Trick has dropped its latest single, “Light Up The Fire,” and announced its new album, In Another Word will be released on April 9th. According to the announcement, the album will be available “digitally as well as on standard black vinyl and CD. Limited-edition blue and white splattered vinyl will be available at independent record stores nationwide. In addition, a limited-edition picture disc will be available exclusively via Target.”
In Another World, which was produced by Julian Raymond, includes the band's recent cover of John Lennon's 1971 Imagine classic, “Gimme Some Truth.” Cheap Trick's version was originally issued on vinyl in 2019 as a Black Friday Record Store Day release, and features the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones on guitar.
Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander said in a statement announcing the album, “This band is held together by music. It's the super glue that keeps us writing and putting records out. The reason we started the band in the first place was to tour and write songs and put records out. If all that went away, there would be no point then, would there?”
Bassist Tom Petersson told us that the music has always come first for Cheap Trick: “What we try to do is make great records. That’s our main concern, and, y'know, we always pretty much do what we like, and if people like it — that’s great. If they don’t, it’s still great ‘cause we still like it.”
Cheap Trick guitarist and main songwriter, Rick Nielsen told us that in the simplest terms, Cheap Trick was built to write, record, and perform: “When there's a project, there a reason to do stuff. Y'know, we don't really do many things for other groups — y'know, they don't call us and say — 'you want this or that?' I mean, I've done — or we've done some stuff for, y'know, TV shows, and movie soundtracks, and commercials, and we're not huge stars. Makin' records is, like, one of the ambitions we always had. I don't think that desire has never gone away.”