ARMY OF ANYONE: 'The CD Industry Is Struggling, But The Music Business Is Kickin' Ass'

ARMY OF ANYONE, the new band featuring FILTER's Richard Patrick (vocals), former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS members Dean (guitar) and his brother Robert DeLeo (bass), and ex-DAVID LEE ROTH drummer Ray Luzier, blame the delay of their debut, originally scheduled for early 2006, on family events (children, weddings, etc.) as well as their decision to remix producer Bob Ezrin's (PINK FLOYD, JANE'S ADDICTION) recordings with engineer Ken Andrews (PETE YORN).

"He has a little ProTools rig set up in his backyard, and we just went in there and did it that way, getting out of these big, huge ridiculous studios and going in and just doing it on the computer," Patrick told "It's pretty bold that we did that for our debut album, and if the technology wasn't absolutely right, we wouldn't do it. But it was really wonderful working like that."

The album will be the first release from Firm Music. The label is a new division of ARMY OF ANYONE's management company, the Firm, the powerhouse behind KELLY CLARKSON, SNOOP DOGG and KORN. And the record deal, which gives the band far more royalties than a typical record label would, could vastly change the music industry. (Mandy Moore has already signed a similar deal.)

"The CD industry is fighting and struggling, but the music business is kickin' ass," Patrick explained. "And the thing is, when there's this struggle of trying to maintain bottom lines and all the things that [labels are] trying to do, things get a little crazy. So we just said, 'Why not just have the managers go right to distribution and just put out the record that way,' because the managers are in charge of everything and they make money off of everything. It's easier and it's not so chaotic."

"Our biggest proponent is now our label," Dean added. "And that's a good place to be, man. The other side's been good to us and, you know, we've climbed that ladder. But I'm not so willing to climb ladders anymore."



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