Kansas recently released their new song “Throwing Mountains,” the first single from their most anticipated upcoming album, “The Absence of Presence.”
The new release song’s video contains onstage and behind-the-scenes footage of Kansas on tour.
“’Throwing Mountains’ might be one of the heaviest songs Kansas has ever recorded,” told guitarist Zak Rizvi. “At over six minutes long, I like to consider it a bit of a Kansas mini-epic.”
“It’s very straightforward, ‘Get your confidence going, take on any obstacle, conquer the world’ song,” added keyboardist Tom Brislin. “It’s pretty timely in the world today.”
The new album, “The Absence of Presence” will be arriving on June 26 and marks the band’s 16th studio album. The band provided a teaser for fans of what to expect when they released a 25-second teaser last month featuring pieces of five songs from the LP, including “Throwing Mountains.”
“We are really proud of the album,” Rizvi said in a statement. “Making a new Kansas album sets a very high musical standard that is expected from our fans. From rockers to progressive epics to ballads, there is something on this recording for everybody.”
Drummer Phil Ehart credited Rizvi and Brislin — both are recent additions to the band’s lineup — for helping the band enter the new era.
“This sounds like Kansas,” Ehart declared. “Zak wrote the majority of [previous album] The Prelude Implicit and this album, and now having Tom Brislin add a couple of his songs and his keyboard prowess really pushes the band even more toward that original sound, which is not easy to do by any means. You’ve got to have the material. You’ve got to have the singer to sing it. You’ve got to have lyrics that are Kansas-type lyrics. These guys get it, and the other four of us who have been here for 20, 40, 50 years, we’re just sitting here grinning, going ‘This is great!'”
“I think people will really be surprised by the album,” added singer Ronnie Platt. “The Absence of Presence shows the band firing on all cylinders.”
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