For the better part of the past two-plus years, Josh Klinghoffer has been creating. He released his first solo album, To Be One With You, under the Pluralone moniker in late 2019 to plaudits and landed an opening slot on the first leg of Pearl Jam’s Gigaton world tour. Then the pandemic struck. Instead of wondering and wallowing about missed opportunities, Klinghoffer did what he does best: write music. For the first time in years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (he was inducted as a member of Red Hot Chili Peppers) had time to himself to ruminate, write and record. He released an EP, a 7” single, and another solo full-length with I Don’t Feel Well. Now, he returns with yet another release and an expansive step forward: This Is the Show.
A student of history, Klinghoffer channeled the thematic anxieties of modern times and the tension of the post-World War II era, dotting references to interpersonal relationships throughout. Yet, at its core, the album is the mark of the friendship and creative chemistry between Klinghoffer and his Dot Hacker bandmate Clint Walsh, who he initially met while playing in Gnarls Barkley. Klinghoffer sent the ten new songs that make up This Is the Show to Walsh, who worked on the tracks whenever he could. Bouncing between respective projects allowed the time necessary for the songs and partnership to gestate and allowed for Klinghoffer to let go of the songs while Walsh enhanced them musically. As an artist who’s yearning for closeness and connection, Klinghoffer found the perfect collaborator with Walsh, allowing him to see his songs bloom in a new way. For Klinghoffer, This Is the Show is his most successful project he’s ever done, as it serves as a document of his personal growth. The album’s first single “Claw Your Way Out” features former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery and Dot Hacker’s Eric Gardner on drums. With its dreamy synths over a steady beat, the song is snappy and instantly melodic.
RIYL: Atoms For Peace, John Frusciante, Warpaint, Bob Forrest, Bicycle Thief, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Label: ORG Music