(New York, NY) – Y2K rock icons FUEL today released their anthemic, urgent single “HÅRD” exclusively via LoudWire. “HÅRD” is the first single from their highly anticipated album, ÅNOMÅLY due to be released in October, 2021. The energetic, visceral sound synonymous with the band is evident in this first song and on the other 10 tracks that make up ÅNOMÅLY.
Chad Childers for Loudwire said, “Fuel are giving us rock radio’s next earworm with “HÅRD”. Capturing the spirit of their late ‘90s / early 2000s heyday with returning guitarist-songwriter Carl Bell and drummer Kevin Miller, the band is hitting on all cylinders showcasing the vocal dexterity of new singer John Corsale with a driving rock anthem that’s guaranteed to stick in your head for days. ‘Hard to shake it now?’ Why would you want to?”
“HÅRD” is an instinctive alt-rock shot to the gut. The song finds FUEL aptly looking back as the impassioned vocalist belts “…staring at a photograph of everything we used to have and memories of long ago.” However, the cutting tune proves that the legendary Pennsylvania band is as potent as ever. The infectious track features a searing guitar solo by Carl, the familiar drum fills by Kevin and the inspired vocals of new addition John Corsale, who effortlessly blends with his new band.
Carl says, “My brain just clicked back into full songwriting mode. “HÅRD” is one of those songs that came to me and I just sang the idea into my phone. I hear songs in full form in my mind: I know what the bass is going to do, what the drums are going to do, the groove, the guitars, vocal melody, and for this song, I sang the complete chorus lyrics into my phone as well. I even sang the guitar solo idea. Sometimes it works that way. I still have the phone recording and date.”
After an emotional reunion, FUEL founder and songwriter/guitarist Carl Bell and original drummer Kevin Miller became the major inspiration for the writing of the songs on ÅNOMÅLY.
Carl, responsible for the anthology of all previous FUEL hits, returns as the principal songwriter, music producer and on this new record, mixer. The venerable songsmith wrote and recorded the record in his Las Vegas studio with vocals recorded by John Corsale at Soundmine Recording Studio and King Studios in Pennsylvania.
Just before the turn-of-the-century, FUEL quietly emerged with a melodic brand of hard rock rooted in stellar songwriting and heavy guitars. 1998’s Sunburn not only went platinum, but it also yielded enduring anthems such as “Shimmer” and “Bittersweet.” Its 2001 follow-up, Something Like Human, earned a double-platinum certification and elevated them to arenas. The lead single “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” landed at the top of the charts and stayed #1 for 13 weeks and became the No. 6 Alternative Rock song of the past 25 years according to Billboard’s Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs, making it “one of the Top Ten most-listened to alternative rock songs for the past 30 years.” Their music appeared everywhere from Prison Break, Daredevil, and Scream 3 to WWE Pay-Per-View events. 2003’s Natural Selection bowed in the Top 15 of the Billboard Top 200 and garnered a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Engineered Album. Non-Classical.” Their catalog continued to resound throughout popular culture as well. Daughtry made headlines covering “Hemorrhage” on American Idol, while modern platinum rock juggernaut Red also released their own version, and Hands Like Houses earned notice performing “Shimmer” on Triple J in Australia.