Guitarist Cory Wong has announced a new record, titled The Striped Album, which is due out on Oct. 23. The record marks Wong’s eighth album of 2020. In addition to the album announcement, Wong also shared a new single, titled “Massive,” which features guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.
“Joe’s one of the nicest and greatest guitar players I’ve ever worked with,” said Wong via press release. “I had been working on putting together material for my upcoming album and had a song that was perfect for him. Most of my music is pretty upbeat and happier major key songs. This song has a heavy minor key groove that feels like watching George Clinton wearing a pair of wet jeans walking through a knee high mud pit. It’s not really my vibe, but I thought it was still really cool and could fit on my album with the right collaborator. Someone who can bring the heavy rock vibe.”
“Joe and I have never met in person. As a matter of fact, we met over Zoom towards the beginning of the lockdown,” Wong continued. “We stayed in touch and he sent me what has become the most exciting remote tracks anyone has sent over. I loaded his guitar tracks into my ProTools session and just started cracking up. He went SO HARD. I told him the sort of thing I was looking for, and a temp track of me playing some lead guitar lines to outline the melody for him. He came back with the most aggressive and heavy guitar that I’ve ever had on an album. It’s the exact Joe Satriani people think of, and oddly enough, the track ended up being a Cory Wong song that people could expect, but with the heaviest of twists. I had been sitting on this song idea for a couple of years, but couldn’t quite solve the puzzle. As I immediately found out, Joe Satriani was the missing puzzle piece.”
The new record is set to feature a variety of guests in addition to Satriani. Kimbra, Tom Misch and David T. Walker are just some of the musicians who contributed to the album. Check out the full setlist below!
The Striped Album Tracklist
Design (feat. Kimbra)
Prototype (feat. Kimbra)
Clickbait (feat. Hornheads)
Synchronicity (feat. Phoebe Katis)
Smooth Move (feat. Tom Misch)
The Pinky Harp (feat. David T. Walker)
MASSIVE (feat. Joe Satriani)
Livin’ It Up (feat. Mr. Talkbox)