Today, Billy Talent is roughly two years removed from their fourth studio album, Dead Silence, and are in the midst of readying the aforementioned greatest hits album, as well as material for a fifth release.
Of the new album, Solowoniuk finds it too tough at the moment to reveal what type of direction it’s taking. What’s for certain, however, is that complacency isn’t intact.
Says Solowoniuk: “I think it’s very healthy to take risks. It’s scary. It’s comfortable to do the same thing and there’s nothing wrong with that at all. But for us four guys, we just want to see what we could come up with. We’ve been through a lot together. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, and you can hear that in the [new] songs.”
The first dose of new music that we can expect from Billy Talent will be a pair of fresh tracks that’ll appear on a singles-focused
greatest hits album. Solowoniuk – who notes that a shift in management teams has helped the band “flip things upside down”
in their world – describes one track as having that “classic” Billy Talent feel, while the other is “completely different from anything we’ve ever done.”
“My brother passed away two years ago,” confides Solowoniuk. “It was really hard for me…and a difficult time. This song that’s coming out is about me having a hard time losing somebody…anyone who has had a hard time losing somebody close [should relate.]
He continues: “It was really weird, because six months before my brother died, I was having a conversation with my wife about how I’d never lost anyone close to me before. Ben, Ian, and Jon all saw me go through this difficult time and this song came out of it.”
Solowoniuk stopped short of passing along titles for these tracks, but exercised an excitement for them that felt encouraging. Let’s just say the word “badass” came up a lot.
“We’re trying branch out and have fun,” he adds. “We’re all turning 40 in the next year, and with us getting into our forties, I’m excited to see where things go as a band. We just want to make better records as we get older.”