With their tenth studio album, the aptly titled Love, Lies & Therapy, released June 10, 2016, on Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) – and second with lead vocalist Bobby Amaru joining co-founding member, lead guitarist Wayne Swinny, drummer Paul Crosby and newest member bassist Brad Stewart Saliva has been reenergized. “It’s time to ignite/I refuse to lose/Cause I’ve come alive,” insists Amaru in “Refuse To Lose,” as he sets the template for Love, Lies & Therapy, which lives up to its name as a penetrating glimpse into the horrors of addiction – to either another person or drugs. “I’m addicted to the pain/It was all for you,” he sings in “Tragic Kind Of Love,” while in “Bitch Like You,” he confronts the issue straight-on. “Starving your addiction leave you/Leaves you wanting more.” In “Unshatter Me,” Amaru cries out, “Kneel down and put me back together fix me like before/You crush me when you touch me then I spill out on the floor” and in the explicit “Rx,” he leaves no doubt what he’s singing about: “I’ve got a loaded gun but can’t pull the trigger/You’re the poison in my veins you’re the cancer/I can’t fight it off/I can’t fight this disease.”
Think about it; the American Rock band, Saliva, has entertained crowds of multi-cultured human beings at sporting events, parties, monster truck rallies, Nascar races, and WWE events for twenty years now. With classic hits such as “Click, Click, Boom”, “Ladies and Gentlemen”, and “Always”, the ever-changing band has become a staple in the hearts and minds of rock and roll fans all around the world. Lead vocalist, Bobby Amaru, has lent his raw vocals ever since the release of Saliva’s eighth studio album release, ‘In It to Win It’, and has added an unearthly and majestic touch while maintaining the raw, emotive feel that Saliva has built a reputation for. I touched base with Bobby to further discuss the recent release of the gang’s ninth studio album, ‘Love, Lies & Therapy’, and also discuss the fire up their asses to remain relevant in the ever-evolving world of rock and roll.
“At the end of the day, people like real songs that are not forced” – Bobby Amaru
First and foremost, let’s talk tattoos. Bobby has a full sleeve on his right arm, has the tenth studio album’s name, ‘Love, Lies and Therapy’, tattooed on him along with sketches that his son drew up for him of a werewolf and dinosaur on a skateboard; and the dad of the year award goes to?!!
- Believe in yourself.
- Believe in what you’re doing.
An attempt to create an extraordinary album proves auspicious for Saliva as ‘Love, Lies and Therapy’ is striking for its emotive calibration. The instruments are perfectly balanced, as the sound is clear and crisp. The guitar riffs are ridiculously intense and the drums are seriously hard-hitting. The record boasts many songs that demonstrate how Saliva has evolved yet has not strayed far from the sound and display of raw, passionate emotions that they have perfected. The one song that truly epitomizes this perception for me is the fifth track, “Broken Wings”, which has just the right amount of what I’d expect from Saliva and just enough novelty to impress die-hard fans that have stuck with the band since day one. Saliva is staying very true to its past without becoming stagnant. For an album that was knocked out, written, and produced in six weeks, this musical delivery is standout material.
Life isn’t all fun and games on the road, but I asked Bobby to share a standout moment that the guys have experienced on the road. The gang pranked their bus driver with a fake lottery ticket that they made to look realistic stating that the bus driver had won five thousand dollars. The bus driver was let down after nearly jumping out of his seat with glee once the guys dropped the bomb that they were full of sh*t and the ticket was pure bogus.
If you could metaphorically compare Saliva’s characteristics as a band to an animal’s characteristics, Bobby shared that he would compare Saliva to a tiger. “Saliva is sneaky and can pounce on you at any moment. You’re either going to get hit smack dab in the face or the album is slowly going to creep up on you.” I cannot emphasize how many times in which Bobby expressed his gratitude for the support from loyal fans worldwide. Bobby surely acknowledges that he wouldn’t be able to live the life that he is living without y’all showing up night in and night out. Saliva is gearing up to hit the road on their ‘Love, Lies and Therapy’ tour kicking off on July 9th, 2016 in Spanaway, Washington and rocking out all the way to October 7th, 2016 in Dodge City, Kansas. Until then, get your copy of Love, Lies & Therapy on iTunes.