Wednesday, March 23, 2016
– Kenny Chesney will release a new single, "Noise," on Thursday afternoon.
Chesney has spread the word via Twitter for several days that new music was coming. This will be the first single from his forthcoming album. No details were released about his new album.
Chesney had gone into a marketing meeting late while on the phone recently with songwriter Shane McAnally. The two were talking about "Noise," which would be finished that day. Chesney hit the studio two days later.
"Sometimes you know you've got something so timely, so right then, you have to grab it," Chesney said. "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."
"When Shane and I started talking the next morning, the topic came up, then the song fell out with a real meter and the sense 'This is a lyric.' We got started, and I knew I had to get to that meeting - and was literally writing in the car as I was driving into town. 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."
By the time Chesney was done with his meetings to set-up his tour and talk about his next album, McAnally, Ross Copperman and Jon Nite had finished the song and had a working demo in place.
"Wrecking balls, downtown construction/ Bottles breaking, jukebox buzzing/ Cardboard sign says 'The Lord is Coming'/ Tick tick tock..." begins the song. As the tempo builds and the electric guitars rise, the song continues, "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 said. "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."
The song is the follow-up to his last single, "Save It For a Rainy Day" from "The Big Revival."