In a recent interview, Candlebox front man Kevin Martin told Columbus, GA radio station why he decided to form the new super group The Gracious Few with Live guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Pat Dalheimer, and drummer Chad Gracey.
"I think a lot of bands are looking to play some different types of music that they are influenced by," Martin told WVRK radio personality Chris Chaos. "I also think audiences tend to get a little bored of the same thing over and over. With The Gracious Few, it brings something new to the audience, and a revived love for music to the musicians."
Martin said the band working on recording their debut album now in Sausalito, CA with producer Jerry Harrison, and plans to have the album out in late spring 2010, with the first single from the album due to hit radio in late January.
As for the sound of the new band, Martin says it sounds nothing like Live or Candlebox.
"Other than the voice, it doesnít really sound like Candlebox," explained Martin. "We really stretched ourselves on these songs; they are dark but very rock. There is a lot of blues and a lot of Punk influence in these songs, but its still rock and I think people are going to love it."
As for Candlebox, Martin says the band will enter the studio in 2010 to begin working on their next album. Following the conclusion of their tour in support of their 2006 release Into the Sun, Martin said the band had 8 songs written, but were hesitant to immediately head back to the studio.
"We are just taking some time [off,] everybody wanted to do some different things, weíd been touring since 2006, and we just decided we really needed a break."
Martin says that his time spent recording with The Gracious Few has rejuvenated him musically, which is exactly what he needed before diving into another Candlebox record.
"Itís really exciting and refreshing to get to play with other musicians when youíve been in a band for a long time," said Martin. "Itís kind of like cheating on your wife except itís totally legal."Members The Gracious Few recently announced they will be donating an Epiphone Les Paul guitar autographed by the band for a fundraiser on November 28th to support POAC, a foundation to support children and families who are struggling with autism. More details are available at www.poac.net