Emerging from their coffins, the Hollywood Vampires are back with the release of their newest song, "Who's Laughing Now," from their upcoming second album, Rise.
The band — featuring shock-rock king Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, and Hollywood legend Johnny Depp — create modern hard rock to rival the classics. It has been four years since the supergroup released their self-titled debut album, and fans have been anxiously waiting for new music to sink their teeth into. With this hard-hitting foray back into the scene, the Hollywood Vampires make it clear they're back for blood.
"Who's Laughing Now" manages the difficult task of balancing an enjoyable song with poignant messages and sociopolitical commentary. In true Alice Cooper fashion, the lyrics are laced with anti-establishment commentary, offset by a catchy and snarky chorus of mock-laughter. The music video paints a portrait of a society in flames. No figurehead is safe from this band's venom as they call out the "Elite," the "Priest," the "Clergy," and whoever they think is apparently spending too much time tweeting and stumbling through speeches.
Even with some political shots fired between the lines, the Hollywood Vampires' newest track rings with an infectious rock-and-roll vibe. Johnny Depp's crooning vocals before the choruses are another dark-yet-catchy element that expands the group's sound. Their first album had a few original songs with mostly covers, but on the new album, they are flipping the ratio with mostly original material and a few covers. In a statement, Alice Cooper explained:
Rise is not only a totally different animal than the first Vampires album, it is unique to anything I’ve ever been a part of. I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album. Each of us; Joe, Johnny, Tommy and myself have written songs on this album. What is different though is that I didn’t try to change any songs to be more "Alice-like." Because each of us has different influences, the sound of this album is very cool. I think that with this album, we are establishing what the Vampires’ sound really is, whereas with the first album we were more tipping our hats to our fallen rock n roll brothers.
Rise is scheduled for release on June 21. Pick it up on Amazon.
For more, check out Hollywood Vampires' Artist Page