Lostprophets - Liberation Transmission
On June 20, 2005, founding member Mike Chiplin left the group to "pursue other musical opportunities". The remaining members began working on material for the next album, with a view for a summer 2006 release.
Due to the lengthy gap between The Fake Sound of Progress and Start Something, and the backlash that grew against the band because of it, lostprophets have repeatedly stated in interviews that they want to release a third full-length album as quickly as possible. The band members worked with Bob Rock, famous for being Metallica's producer of choice, on their new record.
A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese drummed on the album, recording all his parts in two days. Travis Barker (Blink 182/Box Car Racer/Transplants/Plus 44) was originally going to be the session drummer for the lostprophets' album, but the producer Bob Rock had worked with Josh Freese before and wanted him to be the drummer.
A blog post on the band's MySpace profile stated that the band have chosen 3 singles from Liberation Transmission. Another blog indicated that the band had not completely forgotten their roots in The Fake Sound of Progress which many fans feel was a much stronger effort than Start Something. "When I say this album isn't as heavy, I don't mean its not as aggressive, 'cause trust me it is. It will blade you. I would go as far as to say that this new record has the most attitude we have ever put out on CD. The mindset is very similar to The Fake Sound of Progress. It's like a perfect mix of both records. The madness of the first, with the hugeness of the second. Full of attitude though, so don't worry too much. There's just not much cheesy heavy shit I guess. It's tough trying to sum it up in words.......really is......" The album is also said to be accompanied with "80 million" b-sides (Ian Watkins quote).
The first single to be taken from Liberation Transmission was "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)". The song's video was shot with Ryan Smith (Story Of The Year) and the band themselves both sharing the directorial duties. The video was filmed in the United States
lostprophets are well-known for recording cover versions of an eclectic array of songs and releasing them as B-sides. These have included songs from Duran Duran ("A View to a Kill"), Phil Collins ("In the Air Tonight"), Saves The Day ("Shoulder to the Wheel"), The Strokes ("Reptilia"), Justin Timberlake ("Cry Me a River") and Rachel Stevens ("Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex").
They often break into impromptu partial covers of popular songs during live performances. In the past these have included a fusion of Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious", Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance", The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and also there have been repeated instances of Ian singing the chorus to Nelly's hit single "Hot In Herre" during live performances.
In 2002, bored with playing a set filled with the same songs they'd been playing since the release of The Fake Sound of Progress, the band performed a new, untitled song live on several occasions, including an NME awards performance which was broadcast on MTV2. The song was eventually released on a free CD given away with Kerrang! magazine, and was titled Lately. The band also performed another untitled song during this period, most noticeably at the Glastonbury festival of that year. The song was then subsequently broadcast on Radio 1, and occasional rips of this performance have surfaced on peer-to-peer file sharing networks.
The band have also collaborated with other bands and artists on several occasions. These collaborations include:
Members of many other bands have performed gang vocals on "Burn Burn" during live performances, including members of Thursday.
"Secret", a song from Amazing Device, featured guest vocals from Ian Watkins.
"Out of Control", a song from Hoobastank, featured backing vocals from Ian Watkins and Jamie Oliver.
Release Date : 31 Aug 2006