Alabama Shakes reveal the influences on their forthcoming second album in the new Uncut, out now.

Alabama Shakes reveal the influences on their forthcoming second album in the new Uncut, out now.



The band are scheduled to release the follow-up to their 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, in April or May through Rough Trade.

“The album is all sorts of music,” explains singer and guitarist Brittany Howard. “I’ve been listening to Funkadelic, composers like David Axelrod. I really like when soul singers cover opera, like how does Aretha Franklin or Aaron Neville sing opera?

“I’ll always listen to Curtis Mayfield, but sometimes you wanna hear something that’s really far-out. I’ve been getting into soundtracks, like old spaghetti Westerns. There’s some punk tracks on the record I’m very excited about.”

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