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"There's a lot of control that's been happening with government, and I feel I'm old enough to matter as an American citizen to say something," Jackson, 48, says. "We never really did that before. We always did covers of bands that we loved. But this album has all our own stuff, and it's really political in nature. There's a lot of injustice going on that makes us all pretty angry. What can you do about it? I don't know. You can't get on a soapbox and just scream about it because they'll put you away somewhere. So what better way to say something than with music?"
The album was actually recorded and produced more than a year ago by The Damned's Rat Scabies, who worked on the project for seven months. The final details were left to Jackson, who says various other projects — such as appearing in the film Queens of Country and the upcoming film about Hells Angels founder and Cave Creek resident Sonny Barger — got in the way.
"Rat came over and produced a fucking good album. It was almost finished but . . . we just fucking shelved it. We all had other things going on and just shelved it," Jackson says.
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Jackson adds that several Glass Heroes songs have been picked up for TV or movie soundtracks (including the Barger film), another reason to finally get the new album finished.
"We did get some songs on [soundtracks], so now the fire's under my ass to get this finished since people want it for their shows," he says. "I'm going to stay in the studio until it's done."
Once the album is wrapped up and on the streets, Jackson says the band will continue on its path exactly as envisioned 21 years ago.
"We just wanted to play the music, you know," Jackson says. "We weren't ever in this for fame or fortune."