Aerosmith have continually reinvented themselves throughout their 42-year career. The band's new album, "Music From Another Dimension," is now out. Tom Hamilton recently stopped by to talk "Music."
"Music From Another Dimension" feels like an album for anybody that has ever been an Aerosmith fan. When you were writing and planning the album did you have a sound or vision in mind?
In my mind I was just doing what comes naturally to me, what I like to listen to. I think that coincided with what the band wanted to do. We never sat down and said, 'Let's contrive an album that sounds like 'Rocks' or does this or does that.' We wanted to do something that had a connection to our early days for sure, but most of what goes on with any Aerosmith album is based on how the song comes out. The album is sort of a summary or everything that we've learned and tried over these years. You can hear the seventies era, you can hear the Geffen 'Permanent Vacation' 'Pump' era. It's cool, it makes sense.
You brought Jack Douglas back to produce the album. How has your working relationship evolved from back in the seventies until now?
It was beautiful. It was very much the same sort of vibe, which was Jack setting a very demanding work schedule and work pace, but at the same time bringing a lot of humor and exploration into the vibe. Jack is beloved by everyone in the band because he encourages everyone's ideas and he encourages a situation where everybody's personality is respected and paid attention to and everybody likes him for that. It's a great thing for the band; it creates an atmosphere where more ideas come out and more interesting ideas come out.