Injected photo by Danny Grady
We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Injected’s new song “Lie & Defy” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album The Truth About You, which is scheduled to be released on June 2nd through Slush Fund. You can pre-order the album here: Physical | iTunes
About the band:
In the mid 90s, Injected, a high-school metal trio, stormed out of the Atlanta underground destroying packed, sweaty clubs with intense and notoriously volatile live shows.
Frontman Danny Grady, exuding confidence, crushed Metallica-like and later Angus-worthy riffs with raw power and disarmingly melodic vocals. With rhythm section, Steve Slovisyky (bass) and Chris Wojtal (drums), they were joined by peerless lead guitarist Jade Lemons, whose bonafide charisma and drive brought the band to a new level.
Like a metal Jagger and Richards, Grady and Lemons feasted off of each other’s talent and unpredictability. They did what they wanted, fighting or confronting the audience, yet they somehow had each other’s back onstage. Gear paid the price—guitars were smashed, amps were kicked over—and shows were stopped mid performance. There were just no lines whatsoever. They would call people out or sling guitars across stage, showing a strange indifference to instruments they needed to perform, a freedom that somehow separated them from the rest of the world.
In 1996, Injected released their debut, Hammered & Enamored, a metal EP with songs “Bloodspoon,” “Face Down,” “Suffocate,” and “Methamphetamine.” After being wined and dined by major labels, and recording at the legendary Bearsville Studios, near Woodstock, New York, Island Def Jam released Burn It Black, their hard rock debut LP in February 2002.
Radio single “Faithless” ended up in heavy rotation on MTV and quickly became a Top 40 hit. They toured with stoner-rock pioneers Fu Manchu, contributed songs to Spiderman and other movie soundtracks, and co-headlined the MTV Campus Invasion Tour to tens of thousands a night. On the last night of that tour, Lemons, always unpredictable, shocked everyone taking Alice in Chains’ guitarist Jerry Cantrell up on a dare by streaking Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger off of the stage in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lemons, a genuine star, mysteriously passed away in 2016. Only after his death did Grady decide to release The Truth About You, perhaps the finest and most reflective album Grady has written, anchored by his sludgy but nimble, bone-crunching riffs. Grady’s guitar tones are instantly recognizable as classic Injected as are the angst of his lyrics and his vocal growl. With refreshing production and almost a live feel, The Truth About You fifteen years later, is a perfect follow up to Burn It Black.
Grady produced the The Truth About You in Athens, Georgia with engineer Kyle Spence, a thunderous drummer (Harvey Milk, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), who also played on the album. Its front cover features a photo entitled “Black Forrest” by the Australian photographer Samantha Everton. The rest of the package is black in memory of Lemons, who joined Grady in tracking The Truth About You.