Out of Time

Album: High Rise (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the first Stone Temple Pilots song to be released that featured vocals by Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park frontman stepped in following the sacking of vocalist and founder member Scott Weiland in early 2013. Weiland issued a public letter to fans calling the band's new incarnation, "not Stone Temple Pilots," adding. "To tell you the truth, it hurt."

    Weiland went on to say that the remaining STP members, "don't have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it's misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years."
  • The song was released as a free download on May 21, 2013 and was the band's first to chart on Alternative Songs since "Take A Load Off" three years previously.
  • Stone Temple Pilots Guitarist Dean DeLeo told Artist Direct how the song was formulated. "It came together like no other we've ever done in the sense that it was pretty much conceived on bass," he explained. "Robert (DeLeo) was in the market for a new old P Bass. He was looking at some early sixties P Basses. He had like three or four of them sent to his house. He picked this one up, and it was one of those 'antenna moments' where the guitar just spoke. He basically wrote those riffs on bass. That's why the song is so riff-oriented because it was written on bass. We got together to do the song, and we all threw our two cents in and came up with the tune. Like no other song we've ever done, it was conceived on bass."
  • Chester Bennington explained the song's meaning to Kerrang!: "It's about changing your perspective for the better. So much energy is invested in short-term goals, and so many people want to feel happy all the time, and that's unrealistic. If you have the right perspective you can have joy all the time."

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