In April, rockers Taproot released their sixth studio album, The Episodes, which was six years in the making. It’s described as a concept album. So, what’s the concept?
Phillip Lipscomb isn’t telling. He and his bandmates are leaving that question for fans to figure out for themselves.
“With what we’ve always done, we don’t like to give too much away,” the bass player said during a phone interview.
“Our fans are hardcore, and they try to interpret for themselves. We like that idea.”
Taproot is bringing its steady rock anthems to Sky City, 1157 Broad St., at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, with Hurt and Otherwise supporting.
The first single on The Episodes, No Surrender, wasn’t written as a single. In fact, none of the tracks were, Lipscomb said.
No Surrender is described as setting the tone and feeling for the record, “melding their frustration into the perfect rock anthem.”
“It is very much a concept record. The music fit the story,” he said.
“When we did the album this time, it kind of came out. It had a big chorus and had the catchy verses that bring you in, nodding your head along with it.
“It’s just part of the story,” he continued. “It’s not like it was going to be our first single. It’s just one piece of the puzzle.”
The Episodes is a product of a time when the band decided to try a different approach besides developing a riff and throwing lyrics onto it, Lipscomb said.
“This time, to see what else would come out, we’d write a story first – a concept like a soundtrack for a TV episode … running away, a chase scene kind of thing, with very much of a driving feel to it,” he said.
However, the band had just left Atlantic Records and signed with Victory – and they faced a critical question.
“Do we do a concept album for the first one out on our own?” Lipscomb said. “It’s already scary to be out there. We were just not ready for it. So we signed with Victory, and we decided to do Plead the Fifth.”
Touring is energizing, Lipscomb said.
“No matter how crappy you’re feeling that day … once you get on stage and in front of that crowd, nothing beats that feeling to share that moment from beginning to end,” Lipscomb said.