As I see it the plan is to release the follower to the Final Warning and then maybe have a tour to follow up with, depending on how that album will be received. The primary goal for us is of course to play in front of a live audience.
I play many different guitars, mostly older or vintage style Strats or Les Pauls, some PRS too .But since one year ago I’m working together with a new Japanese brand named FGN and they are really building amazing guitars. I’m getting my own signature model in a few weeks and I’m looking forward to have it in my hands – I’m really curious!
Yes each album has its own sound but one thing we did never loose, was our catchy hook lines as it has become our trademark. The debut album “One Way to Heaven” has more a rough sound; “Thousand Miles Away” is very smooth and catchy with Irish influences.
Many of my songs do come from a particular incident or experience but that one was just a simple idea. What if you got down on your knees and pledged your heart, your body, your soul and everything else in undying love to someone and she said “Yeah? So? What else you got?” I just couldn’t resist the idea.
I think once I saw Kiss as a child I knew Rock N Roll was where my soul was. As far as influences I have many of the usual shredder influences like Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen ETC but I was also very influenced by bands and guitar player in those bands – Manowar (Ross the boss), Judas priest (KK and Glenn), Thin Lizzy (Gorham and Moore) ETC.
Matt: We were asked to write and be part of ‘Pride’ by Ivan Gunn ( ex Balance of Power ). ofcourse we had been writing together for a while and thought it a good idea. Also the kind of songs we were writing for the band were easy going AOR and seemed easy for us to do. we did enjoy it.
I did map out how many rockers I needed, how many AOR cuts, etc., but in the end I had more than I bargained for in which it was more about what was better for the completion of it. Thankfully I have such a long history with Frontiers who instead of sticking to the contract and standing their ground about ONLY having 11 songs on the final album, they gave me the respect of releasing the ‘directors cut’ with all 14 songs I felt were the true vision of it.
JLT: I think that after being bombarded with so many artists that do not stand the test of time or are not really good singers/musicians that people are finally starting to realize that there is no substitute for authentic, REAL music. Everything goes in cycles.
” I feel the scene has no mystique or soul the way it did in the 70′ and 80’s. Maybe it’s because I was so young and excited about music as a kid. I think things took a turn in the early -mid 90’s and spiraling downward since. The internet has desensitized people on one hand, yet allowed people to access music more easily. “
But yes I’m definitely not opposed to the idea and as a matter of fact I’ve always stated that i would love to take part in such a reunion if it ever came to be, most definitely. And the organization knows this so my position is no surprise to anyone by now of course. Like a lot of bands that have had reunions, it’s the fans that ultimately can make things happen more than they probably know.