Kenny Chesney Reveals New Single, ‘Noise’ [LISTEN]
After teasing the release of “Noise” on Facebook on March 16, Chesney officially announced the track on Thursday afternoon (March 24). The singer feels that “Noise” is an incredibly relatable tune; that’s what attracted him to the song in the first place.
“Sometimes you know you’ve got something so timely, so right then, you have to grab it,” Chesney says in a press release. “It seemed like everywhere I turn, everywhere I go, there is so much stuff coming at you. Your phone, your car, on the streets, on TV. Everywhere it’s just so loud, so much, so many different things — all pushing buttons, being sensational, shouting for attention. You can’t escape it, and you can’t turn it down.”
Chesney dreamed the song up while on the phone with Nashville songwriter Shane McAnally; he says, “… The topic came up, then the song fell out.” The artist was on his way to a marketing meeting and was writing in the car while driving into Nashville.
“I actually sat in my manager’s parking lot, still working on the lines, the phrasing, the rhythms … Until finally I had to go in,” Chesney recalls.
When Chesney was finished with his meeting, McAnally, Ross Copperman and Jon Nite had completed the song — and they had a working demo in place. Two days later, Chesney went into the studio to record “Noise.”
“Wrecking balls, downtown construction / Bottles breaking, jukebox buzzing / Cardboard sign says ‘The Lord Is Coming’ / Tick tick tock …” the song begins. “Rumors turn the mills back home / Parking lot kids with the speakers blown / We didn’t turn it on, but we can’t turn it off, off, off …”
“The chorus is very orderly, very much a staccato press,” Chesney explains. “If there’s anything that sums up both the state of the world and the reality of what it costs us and feels like, it’s that. It’s all right there: ‘We scream, we shout ’til we don’t have a voice / In the streets, in the crowds, it ain’t nothing but noise … Drowning out all the dreams of this Tennessee boy / Just trying to be heard … in all this noise’ says it all.”
In addition to getting “Noise” ready for release, Chesney’s been hard at work on his new record. He has spent the past several months writing songs in Austin, Texas, the islands and on the road, and he’s worked with songwriters including David Lee Murphy, Josh Osborne and McAnally, as well as Matraca Berg, Allison Moorer and Hayes Carll.
“There’s a moment you feel a record grab hold and take shape,” Chesney says. “You can have great songs and not have an album. You can have a killer record that won’t move people on the radio. The idea is to balance both, then hopefully create something that does both, that also says something as a whole. I think we’re on our way.”
“Noise” is at radio now and will be available online soon.
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