Alice In Chains React To Layne Staley Being Called ‘Satanic’


Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell discussed he and Layne Staley being called ‘the Satanic Everly brothers’ in a new Vice interview.

“Layne was just an incomparable talent. He was like a fucking myna bird. Any accent or sound or voice, he could just immediately repeat it. He just had a gift. And I’d like to think that I have a bit of a gift myself. One of the funniest descriptions I’ve ever heard, and I don’t know that it’s true, but it just sounds fucking great, was we sound like ‘the satanic Everly Brothers.’ Together we were kind of a two-headed monster. It added a lot of depth to the material the way we worked together; and that would be later continued with the addition of William [DuVall].”

He also discussed how personal of a record that Dirt was.

“There’s a lot of personal stuff in there—not in any sort of celebratory way, but more as a testament, I guess. That record is super powerful.”

He also proudly said, “We were just excited, because we felt we’d grown as a band. We thought the material was stronger. That fucking record is just incredibly dense.”

Alice In Chains will release a new album later this summer.

  • Stone Gossardish

    Dirt is the best “grunge” record there’s ever been and it will remain as such. When you think of pure grunge, that’s the sound and the album. It’s been that way for decades now, and it will never change. They just captured it completely.


    Dirt was one of the greatest records ever recorded. Period. AiC
    was not “satanic” – anyone who could say that clearly was never a fan. AiC’s music spoke to my generation more than any group of the time, and that music is still relevant today – it doesn’t have an expiration date like other music recorded in the same era. My son, now the same age that AiC was in their prime, listens to music from Facelift, Dirt, Jar of Flies, and Sap. Satanic, all: Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, and my son. Not!!!

  • dakotablue

    Um, it wasn’t only Layne being called satanic but Jerry too.