Jerry Cantrell Likens His Collab With Layne Staley To The Beatles And Pink Floyd


Jerry Cantrell was recently interviewed by Metal Hammer, during which he talked about the natural connection between him and Layne Staley. According to the musician, their cooperation was similar to the Beatles and Pink Floyd’s approach to making music.

Alice In Chains rose to worldwide fame in the early 1990s when Seattle’s grunge movement peaked. They came to the forefront mainly with the harmonized vocals between Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley. The duo was the creative mastermind behind the band’s success, and apart from singing the songs together, they also shared the songwriting duties.

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Jerry Cantrell touched upon his successful cooperation with Layne Staley and their unique connection. He stated that the way they wrote songs blended so that they felt like a natural fit. Moreover, Cantrell praised Staley’s talent and said he was more powerful than him, but they had something that the others didn’t.

According to the musician, he and Staley shared the band’s songwriting duties similar to how the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the Eagles shared responsibilities. Considering these bands’ success, it shouldn’t be surprising that Alice In Chains also became a prominent act in the rock scene.

In the interview, Metal Hammer’s Stephen Hill asked Jerry Cantrell the following:

“Your connection with Layne, the way your voices melded together, was such a huge part of Alice In Chains. How natural and easy a connection was that?”

In response to this, Cantrell said:

“Layne was just an amazing talent. He had a really unique and powerful voice, but he had a sensitivity and touch to it as well. The way that I wrote and the way that he wrote blended together so well. We felt like a natural fit.

He had more horsepower than me, I’m not going to be able to do the Brian Johnson gargled razor blades, but together we had something that the other didn’t.

Think of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Eagles… that attitude of, ‘You take this line, and I’ll take that one’ – it adds more color to the canvas. Someone reviewed us once and called us ‘The Satanic Everly Brothers’, which I thought was pretty cool.”

According to Jerry Cantrell, the way he worked with Layne Staley added more color to Alice In Chains’ music. He also revealed that they had the nickname ‘The Satanic Everly Brothers,’ which he considered pretty cool.