Eight previously unreleased songs from late Alice In Chains vocalist Layne Staley are currently being restored and mixed by Seattle-based audio designer Jesse Holt.
It seems that the songs all have vocal tracks from Staley on them and Holt has asked Staley’s Mad Season bandmate, and current Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, to step in to complete them.
According to The Pulse of Radio, the song “Things You Do”, is included in the set, which is a track that has surfaced online in various forms since Staley’s passing in April 2002.
According to Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, there was more to Staley than his death of a drug overdose. He says: “It’s unfortunate that that seems to be the only headline that gets equated with him, because there was so much more to him than that. Not taking away the fact of the reality of what that is, and how it ended, everybody knows that too. But there’s a whole lot more to the story.”
Prior to the singer’s death, Staley had planned to work on a solo album and was also in the process of recording vocals for a song for the band Taproot, in which the demo for said song was found in Staley’s CD player when he was found dead.
As of this point, the source of the unreleased songs has not been made public, and it’s also unclear whether these songs will ever actually be released.
Alice In Chains are currently working on the follow up to their last album ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ with singer William DuVall, who has sang with the band for their last two records.