The Expendables are going soft on us, so to say. The quartet from Santa Cruz, CA has announced a full-length acoustic album titled Gone Soft to roll out in May of 2012.
This will mark their fifth since the dawn of the century all which pleasantly display different sounds and genres; it is not every day you will find the words metal and reggae in the same set of musical descriptors. With the addition of acoustic to the scandalous list of styles they present, no doubt it will seize the industry’s attention.
Through various outlets and as mentioned in our 2012 Most Anticipated Albums article, The Expendables have mentioned that their acoustic album is said to have fan favorites along with their own favorites, but it’s not simply the acoustic version of each song, but there will be melody changes. Atop of the unveiling of the first single Trying To Focus, there will be acoustic versions of previously hits such as Positive Mind and the stoney anthem, Bowl For Two.
Guitarist Raul and drummer Adam said during an interview late last year that they were planning on using violins, horns, and possibly acoustic percussion to intertwine into the music. They had plans to record from their home studio before possibly sending it to producer Paul Leary (Sublime, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid).
Listen to Trying To Focus here:
In addition to the release of Gone Soft, The Expendables have announced a string of west coast shows also featuring Unwritten Law and Josh Fischel (Bargain Music). Unwritten Law and The Expendables have decided to perform electric and acoustic sets as well. Here are the dates!
May 18 @ House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA.
May 19 @ Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ.
May 24 @ Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA.
May 25 @ Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA.
May 26 @ Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura Theater.
May 27 @ California Roots Festival, Monterey, CA.
Article By: Matt Emodi
Photo By: Bill Colbridge