KASC The Blaze 1330 AM (web site) recently conducted an interview with GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall. The chat is now available for streaming using the SoundCloud player below.
GREAT WHITE — Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals) — filmed a video for the song “(I’ve Got) Something For You” on April 27 in Tujunga, California. Photos from the video shoot can be found at this location.
“(I’ve Got) Something For You” comes off GREAT WHITE‘s new studio album, “Elation”, which is scheduled for a May 22 North American release (four days earlier in Europe) via Frontiers Records. The 12-song CD will mark GREAT WHITE‘s first effort with Ilous following the band’s split with founding singer Jack Russell.
“This is a new birth of the band,” Desbrow said. “I wanted to call the album ‘Tabula Rasa’, which means rebirth, but we went for ‘Elation’ because of the euphoria in the atmosphere. It’s a fresh and healthier start than ever before. I’m like a kid in a candy store.”
Kendall, one of rock’s most notable guitarists, echoed Desbrow‘s pure excitement. “The energy in the studio [was] amazing,” Kendall said. “This is the most excited I’ve been since I was nine years old and got my first guitar. It’s remarkable to be doing our third record with Frontiers Records and to feel the love and support from Serafino and his team. They are truly part of the GREAT WHITE family.”
Lardie, who also served as “Elation”‘s producer, applauded the band’s teamwork in the studio. He was struck by the group’s songwriting approach and enthusiasm, and is certain that fans will embrace the record.
“The difference in this studio experience was simple,” he said. “Everyone was completely present and contributed to the making of this album. As a producer, I feel my part is to get the best out of each of us and I got better than anyone’s best!”
“Elation” track listing:
01. (I’ve Got) Something For You
02. Feelin’ So Much Better
03. Love Train
04. Heart Of A Man
05. Hard To Say Goodbye
07. Shotgun Willie’s
08. Promise Land
09. Lowdown (bonus track)
10. Just For Tonight
11. Love Is Enough
This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, which features Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Matthew Johnson (DOCTOR M, JACK RUSSELL) on guitar, Dario Seixas (FIREHOUSE, STEPHEN PEARCY) on bass and Derrick Pontier (GREAT WHITE, SAMANTHA 7) on drums.
Russell filed a lawsuit against his estranged bandmates last month claiming that they fired him and stole the group’s name while he was recovering from surgery to repair a perforated bowel. Named in the complaint were Kendall, Desbrow, Lardie and talent agency Bigg Time Entertainment. Kendall, Desbrow and Lardie responded with a 30-page counterclaim, filed on April 24 in a federal court in Los Angeles, accusing their former frontman of, among other things, “miss[ing] 80 performances in 18 months” before leaving the band; “irreparably damag[ing]” their “market reputation” by putting on performances that “are not up to the standard of GREAT WHITE; and misleading the public by stating that the musicians in Jack‘s new band “were once full members of GREAT WHITE.” They also accuse Russell‘s new bandmates of “profit[ing] from their wrongful affiliation with the GREAT WHITE brand.”
GREAT WHITE‘s last studio album, “Rising” (featuring Russell on lead vocals), was released in North America in April 2009 via Shrapnel Records. The CD was issued in Europe in March 2009 through Frontiers Records.