Karen Bliss of AOL‘s Noisecreep recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Noisecreep: When you signed the deal with Frontiers, did you have the demos done and knew you would be working with Bob Marlette?
Bach: I’m always working on new songs. With the technology these days, any idiot can record on Pro Tools on your laptop. All you have to do is plug a microphone into the input jack and anybody can have their own recording studio. So I’m always down in my basement, singing along to riffs or whoever I’m collaborating with. I actually had a bunch of songs that I worked on with Jamey Jasta from HATEBREED, but they were too heavy for me because my voice sounds good when I sing clean. It sounds good dirty too, but when I hear my voice sing really clean, that’s a special sound.
Noisecreep: That was the project you were also doing with John 5?
Bach: The song that I wrote with John 5 made the record. It’s cut number three on the record.
Noisecreep: What is it called?
Bach: I don’t want to tell you song titles, only because it’s not coming out ’til September. I remember that as a kid, there would be a new KISS record and I would ride my bike down to AA Records in Peterborough Square and I didn’t know any of the titles or anything. It was that feeling of surprise picking it up, and turning around and seeing all the song titles. It’s hard to have mystery and surprise with the internet and the way the music industry is these days, but I’m just trying to keep something for when the kid goes to the store. [The album is] called “Kicking Screaming”.
Noisecreep: And you also said in an earlier press release that you’re laying down the craziest screams you’ve ever recorded.
Bach: My voice, listening back – how do I say this without bragging? – it just sounds better than it ever fuckin’ sounded. My voice has a life of its own.
Noisecreep: Tell me about cutting the album. Is your whole band on it?
Bach: No, this is the first album I’ve ever made cut as a three-piece. I think on the back we’re going to be wearing kimonos [laughs] like RUSH. Nick Sterling, guitar] plays bass and guitar on the record; Bobby‘s [Jarzombek] on the drums and I do all the vocals. I’m the only singer on the whole record. I also play a mean cowbell. And I was very lucky to come to California to record and I met this girl, named Minnie [Gupta; a 26-year-old model], who I fell in love with. That made it very easy for me to concentrate on the record. She’s lying next to me right now. I’m kind of distracted. . . If you saw how beautiful she is, it’s just unbelievable. I was in love making this record. I was going through breaking up and I fell in love again and a lot of these emotions are on the record. Love. That’s the most important thing in life really, as I get older — love. God, I sound like John Lennon or some shit [laughs]. THE BEATLES said it, “All you need is love.” And you do need love. Life without love is impossible to think of.
Read the entire interview from Noisecreep.