When Seattle-based Candlebox released its self-titled debut album in 1993, the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden had already arrived on the scene. Critics slammed Candlebox for riding the coattails of other acts, when in fact the band was more of a contemporary of the others, with Northwest roots and many hours logged playing shows before finally breaking through.
"It was a blessing that we were in that place for that time," said Candlebox guitarist Peter Klett. "We all grew up there. So fortunately the bands before broke down that door and we owe them a debt of gratitude. We just happened to come after that, so people wanted to peg us as outsiders and we didn't earn it. Unfortunately, that's just not the case. Unfortunately, we got digged on, but ultimately it doesn't really matter."
Candlebox performs Monday at the Fillmore in Silver Spring.
|With Acidic and Honor by August|
|Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring|
|When: 8 p.m. Monday|
|Info: $20; fillmoresilverspring.com|
The band released an album earlier this month titled "Love Stories & Other Musings." It's the band's follow-up to 2008's "Into the Sun," which was the band's first release in 10 years.
Candlebox is best known for the hits "Far Behind" and "You." However, legal issues have hindered royalty payments to the band. In response, the group re-recorded five older tracks for inclusion in "Love Stories."
"It's just kind of cool to re-release classics and re-record them," Klett said. "It's not like a 'we want money' greed thing. The label makes so much money off of your music when you're in a deal. The band just doesn't get their just reward."
Like so many acts, Candlebox went on hiatus, from 2000 to 2008.
"I think it just needed to happen," Klett said. "Just took time to refresh, recharge the batteries. Lots of things that really helped our growth as people."
With a new album of fresh music that also includes reproductions of previous hits, Candlebox hopes to please old fans while making new ones.
"The fact that there's still something there that the core fans like, but you see a lot of younger people coming out excited to have discovered the band and it's fresh and new for them, that's really cool," Klett said.