The traditionally silent STP drummer Eric Kretz spoke with Songfacts about the current state of STP and their plans for the futre.
Songfacts: The project that you’re supporting is kind of an EP, right? It’s not a full-length. Is this just a sample of what’s to come?
Eric: Yeah, that’s exactly what it is. We had so little time, from the time that Chester joined the band. We got the first song out, “Out Of Time,” in correlation with doing the KROQ Weenie Roast – we were surprise guests on that bill. We wanted to launch the song on radio that night, which was really putting two exciting aspects into one night. At this point we’re, like, “Okay, we need to try and make an album,” but Chester was going on tour with Linkin Park to Asia through the month of June. So it was, “Okay, we’ve got so little time here.”
So because of time restraints, we agreed upon doing a 5-song EP. We went on a month-long tour in September, so it was a lot of work to get everything in place, to get all the studio time together. Chester was also working on Linkin Park’s new album in the mornings, and then in the afternoon, he’d come and sing with us all night long, and never complain. He never blew his voice out. He’s a complete professional all the way across. It’s just a timing thing.
We’re definitely going to have an album out, and we’re going to keep touring now. The plan now is to do the Soundwave tour with Green Day over in Australia, and that’s in February. Linkin Park’s going to fire up their machine at some point next year, so I would say we would complete a full-length LP next year while Linkin Park is out touring the record they’re working on right now.