According to The Pulse Of Radio, two never-before-released songs from late ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley appear on the soundtrack of a new film. The movie, called “Grassroots”, is based on the true story of two Seattle music journalists who tried to shake up the local political scene despite having no experience in it. It is not clear whether the two songs were recorded before or during Staley‘s time with ALICE IN CHAINS, or during the long, six-year period in which he virtually disappeared from public view until his death in 2002 from an overdose of drugs.
The titles of the songs have not been announced yet, nor whether they will be just heard in the film or on a soundtrack album.
The movie, due out June 22 in limited release, stars Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore as Seattle music journalists who both decide to run for office.
The film is based on the book “Zioncheck For President: A True Story Of Idealism And Madness In American Politics”, which was written by the man Biggs is playing, Phil Campbell.
Meanwhile, some other Staley-related material may soon see the light of day as well: as previously reported, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready is looking for singers to lay vocals down for some uncompleted tracks by MAD SEASON, the band he and Staley formed in the mid-’90s and recorded one album with.
ALICE IN CHAINS is also about to get to work recording the follow-up to its 2009 “comeback” album, “Black Gives Way To Blue”. The new disc will be the second with William DuVall on vocals and guitar.
ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that artists like Staley didn’t come around very often. “Layne was a very unique, one-of-a-kind guy,” he said. “There’s, like, a handful of those guys in music, for every generation, that are that unique and that hard to cop, but a lot of people try. [Laughs] But there’s a lot of people that feel the weight of what that guy brought to music and have been influenced by it.”