Alice in Chains’ William DuVall Posts New Song “White Hot”
William DuVall has been doing it for more than three decades, first in the hardcore band Neon Christ as a teenager in the early ’80s, with Jerry Cantrell’s solo band in the early ’00s (which would eventually lead to his gig in Alice in Chains), his long-running band Comes with the Fall, the supergroup collaboration Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (with members of Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan), and several other projects along the way. And yet Duvall has never released a solo album… until now!
On “White Hot,” his latest single, we hear a different side of the man who’s been fronting one of rock’s most legendary bands for the past decade-plus. First and foremost: his voice! With Alice, Duvall’s character takes a backseat to Jerry’s, serving as part co-vocalist and part Layne Staley tribute but rarely truly himself. On “White Hot,” DuVall’s voice is front and center in a way we haven’t heard it before, powerful, clear and full of its own character. We forget, too, in Cantrell’s shadow, that DuVall is an accomplished guitar player, and his chops, understanding of composition and songwriting skills are all on display here. Finally, it’s just a great fucking song… you’ll wanna play it again, and when you do, you’ll be singing along.
One Alone comes out today, October 4; order it here.