Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will release their followup tow 2010's Mojo sometime this summer. During a chat with Rolling Stone, Petty talked in depth about the new album, titled Hypnotic Eye, and revealed that even bandmate and chief collaborator, guitarist Mike Campbell, couldn't ignore the album's similarities to the band's late-'70s work, recalling, "Mike said, 'You sing like you did on the first two albums.' Maybe this album does sound like that. But it’s that band 30 years later. . . I knew I wanted to do a rock n' roll record. We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record from beginning to end in a long time."
Petty explained that after so may years together, the Heartbreakers let their feelings be known pretty quickly if his new material is hitting the mark or falling short: "The can’t hide it. If they’re not lightening up, something’s wrong. It would be very hard to make this record without a band that has been together this long, with those kind of instincts. I’m relieved to have that."
Petty, who's now 63 and has spent the majority of his life as a working musician is still bowled over that his career is going just as strong as ever, admitting, "I never thought I’d be this busy at this point in my life. I never expected to be at this point, doing stuff and figuring it out how to get it to people. The band just grows and grows, and treat’s an incredible gift. I can’t see us calling it off. They’re still the guys I want to play with -- and the guys who understand my songs the best."
Tom Petty said that his main mission when hitting the studio is that he and the Heartbreakers make honest, original, and authentic music: "We just wanted to make an album. It sounds like a novel idea, but just where it's all human beings playing the music, y'know? Where guys actually play a drum and play the guitar and sing with each other and all stand there together and do it. And that's really what I know best and enjoy the most."
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