Today Manson officially announced his 11th full length album, We are Chaos, is set for September 11th release. The David Bowie inspired title track is now available on all streaming platforms, along with a brand new music video.
The song is a massive departure from Manson’s seminal shock rock and industrial flair, though the dark-country infused pop style is exactly what you’d expect given that We are Chaos was written in collaboration with Outlaw Country singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings.
We are Chaos will be the first Marilyn Manson release to feature bassist Juan Alderete, formerly of Racer X, The Mars Volta, and former Ho99o9 drummer Brandon Pertzborn.
Pre-orders are available here.
WHEN SHOOTER AND I DECIDED TO START MAKING THIS ALBUM ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO, WE WERE BOTH DOING TOURS SO WE HAD TO WORK AROUND OUR SCHEDULES. SHOOTER AND I HAD A SHARED LOVE FOR BOWIE’S ERA WITH BRIAN ENO. AND I WASN’T AFRAID TO TRY NEW THINGS WITH HIM WRITING THE MUSIC. HE ALSO HELPED ME TO BE UNAFRAID TO TRY OLD THINGS. AS A PRODUCER, HE REALLY PUSHED ME TO BE BOTH NEW AND STILL TRUE TO WHAT THE CORE OF MARILYN MANSON IS. HIS PERSPECTIVE ADDED THE TRANS-DIMENSIONAL ELEMENT THAT I WAS ALWAYS LOOKING TO TAP INTO.
WHEN I LISTEN TO WE ARE CHAOS NOW, IT SEEMS LIKE JUST YESTERDAY OR AS IF THE WORLD REPEATED ITSELF, AS IT ALWAYS DOES, MAKING THE TITLE TRACK AND THE STORIES SEEM AS IF WE WROTE THEM TODAY.
THIS WAS RECORDED TO ITS COMPLETION WITHOUT ANYONE HEARING IT UNTIL IT WAS FINISHED. THERE IS MOST DEFINITELY A SIDE A AND SIDE B IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE. BUT JUST LIKE AN LP, IT IS A FLAT CIRCLE AND IT’S UP TO THE LISTENER TO PUT THE LAST PIECE OF THE PUZZLE INTO THE PICTURE OF SONGS.
THIS CONCEPT ALBUM IS THE MIRROR SHOOTER AND I BUILT FOR THE LISTENER- IT’S THE ONE WE WON’T STARE INTO. THERE ARE SO MANY ROOMS, CLOSETS, SAFES AND DRAWERS. BUT IN THE SOUL OR YOUR MUSEUM OF MEMORIES, THE WORST ARE ALWAYS THE MIRRORS. SHARDS AND SLIVERS OF GHOSTS HAUNTED MY HANDS WHEN I WROTE MOST OF THESE LYRICS.
I EXPLORE IDEAS ON THE ALBUM, SUCH AS PERFUME. SOMETHING SO BEAUTIFUL, THE SCENT CAN BE REMEMBERED FOREVER. BUT IT IS ALSO FLAMMABLE ENOUGH TO BURN DOWN A HOUSE. IT’S THE FRAGILE BALANCE OF POWER AND THE ONES WHO HOLD THE MATCH OR SMELL THE LOVELIEST. THE PAINTING I DID SPECIFICALLY TO ACCOMPANY THE MUSIC…THOSE ARE MY REFLECTIONS.
MAKING THIS RECORD, I HAD TO THINK TO MYSELF: ‘TAME YOUR CRAZY, STITCH YOUR SUIT. AND TRY TO PRETEND THAT YOU ARE NOT AN ANIMAL’ BUT I KNEW THAT MANKIND IS THE WORST OF THEM ALL. MAKING MERCY IS LIKE MAKING MURDER. TEARS ARE THE HUMAN BODY’S LARGEST EXPORT.
– MARILYN MANSON