Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots
Scott Weiland has always been a complicated frontman. For years his addictions prevented Stone Temple Pilots from soaring as high as they could have. And while his lunkheaded bandmates grind out a familiar backwash of alt-rock grunge riffs, Weiland’s tastes gravitate toward more glammy heroes. On their first album in nine years, STP tackle the roots of their problems at the very start: “You always were my favorite drug/Even when we used to take drugs,” Weiland sings in opener “Between the Lines.” But Stone Temple Pilots is more about celebration and looking forward than regret and offering contrition. It’s an occasionally motivated and, yes, glammy work that sounds charged at times (“Cinnamon,” “Maver”). But STP has never been a very inspired band. They jumped into the ’90s alt-rock revolution sounding like a lab-concocted experiment in “grunge.” Not much has changed. Eighteen years later, the reunited Pilots are still grounded by their complex past. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.