SEBASTIAN BACH: ‘This Is The Easiest Record I Have Ever Made’ recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. How was the songwriting process [for your new album, “Kicking Screaming”] with [your new guitarist] Nick [Sterling]?

Bach: They say you have your whole life to write your first album and he came in with all these incredible ideas that he had. This is first worldwide, big-time record release. He’s had all his life to get riffs and stuff. He just came in and crushed me with ideas — incredible new ideas. This is the easiest record I have ever made. It was very simple to make this record. We wrote some songs together, “Lost In The Light” and “One Good Reason”. Then we wrote some other songs with [producer] Bob Marlette, like “Dirty Power” and “Kicking Screaming”. And I wrote “TunnelVision” with John 5. I had a lot of different people contributing ideas to the record and this is the result. I think it came out incredible. Can you compare the sound to “Angel Down”, which I thought was one of the best albums released that year?

Bach: Thank you, buddy. I think with [former guitarist] Metal Mike [HALFORD] in the band, I mean, his name is “Metal”, so you know it’s going to be a metal record. [laughs] I love that record; it came out really amazing. Those guys, Metal Mike, Steve DiGiorgio, Bobby [Jarzombek] and Johnny Chromatic, I’d say our favorite band was JUDAS PRIEST. On “Kicking Screaming” with Nick, our favorite music that we listened to is CHEAP TRICK, JEFF BUCKLEY, SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE. He listens to a lot of melodic stuff. A song like “Lost In The Light”, the chorus is Jeff Buckley sounding, but still heavy as fuck. But we have different influences, I’d say. How did the John 5 [ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON] collaboration come about?

Bach: John 5 has always been a big fan of me and old SKID ROW. He said, “Sebastian, I’d love to write a song that gets your voice back on the radio in 2011.” So he sent me the music for “TunnelVision”. I don’t know if it’s going to get on the radio. I don’t really care; I don’t listen to the radio. But I love the song and it came out amazing. He’s a really talented guy and I [was] lucky to jam with him. The cover art for “Kicking Screaming” is awesome. It is a window into my brain. What was the inspiration for that art for Richard Villa?

Bach: I wanted a cover that would reflect the lyrics. A lot of the lyrics on this record are about losing love and finding new love. It is the goddess Kali, who is pulling me kicking and screaming into hell. She’s cutting me with knives and she has eight arms! I am kicking and screaming to not be drug into hell. I have been called the bad boy of rock so maybe she is dragging me into hell for my sins. It is fun to come up with a concept and then execute it artistically. The cover looks like it is moving to me almost animated. It’s fucking heavy and I love it.

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