"Hypnotic Eye," the new album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, hits stores today (July 29).
The set features songs recorded between August 2011 and November 2013 and, Petty has said, is designed to recapture the raw, energetic feel of his earliest albums.
Keyboardist Benmont Tench -- who played with Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell in the pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch -- tells us there was a lot of material to choose from for the album, and that playing in the Heartbreakers remains a joy more than three and half decades after the group started:
"What's the really fun thing to do is to play with the guys. I first sat in with Tom and Mike, I was 17. I'm 60, so to come in again and have Tom break a song out and sit there and figure it out with Mike, not to mention Ron (Blair), Steve (Ferrone) and Scott (Asheton), it's really fantastic. I’m in my favorite band with one of my favorite songwriters in the world, and the guy just shows up and shows me a song and I get to play it with these guys."
"Hypnotic Eye" is the Heartbreakers' first releases since 2010's "Mojo." Petty and company hit the road, with Steve Winwood opening, on August 3 in San Diego.