Hard rock Christian band Skillet has just released "Back From the Dead," the latest single from Unleashed. The song is the followup to the group's first No. 1 Rock Airplay and Christian Songs single "Feel Invincible." The band is hoping that radio and fans would give this new single the same support they have had been receiving with "Feel Invincible."
Speaking to Billboard, band member John Cooper describes the new single as charting a new rock sound. "It's kind of new territory for Skillet," Cooper says. "It's reminiscent of classic rock, in my view anyway. It might even be slightly less unique than some of Skillet's other music, but it's new for us and that's why it feels fresh for our fans 'cause it's something they haven't really heard us do." Cooper references Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart" as an inspiration for the track, even using a similar drum beat during the song's first verse as "kind of an homage to them. It's just a fun song with no really deep message or meaning."
"You never know what's going to be a hit -- and, of course, 'hit' is relative," frontman John Cooper tells Billboard. "We haven't sold a million records on this thing or had a big pop single, but it's going really good and I'm really pleased because this record was a lot of fun to make and it was a lot of fun to write, and it's really fun to play live. So all those good vibes -- what the French call that certain 'I don't know what,' as Austin Powers says -- really connected. I want the fans to be really happy and give them the record they've been waiting for."
The band currently consists of husband John (lead vocals, bass) and wife Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar). The band has released nine albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and Comatose. Two of their albums, Awake and Comatose, are certified Platinum by RIAA while Rise, is certified Gold as of July 12, 2016.
Skillet went through several line-up changes early in their career, leaving founder John Cooper as the only original member remaining in the band. They are known for a relentless touring schedule, which garnered them a top five ranking in the Hardest Working Bands of 2010 by Songkick.com.