ECOTONIC, the band featuring former AC/DC/THE FIRM drummer Chris Slade and ex-PETER CRISS guitarist/vocalist Jason Ebs, will release its new album, "When Sparks Fly", on April 13. According to a press release, the CD — which is described as "a collection of songs that range from 'slammin' pop' to 'modern rock'" — was recorded and produced entirely at Ebsworthy Sounds studio in Burbank, California. The band had been writing and recording the CD over the last three years and is finally ready to get on the road in support of the new release.
"The actual process of writing and recording went rather quickly," says Ebs. "The hardest part was working around life and everyone's crazy schedules — and having a member change mid-stream also delayed the process" he adds. "But in the end, we are extremely excited about the way the record came out and are looking forward to hitting the road!"
The title "When Sparks Fly" is a double entendre, signifying both the electricity that the band feels when they play together and the experience of witnessing The Station Fire rip through the hills of Glendale, California last summer. "It was crazy," says Ebs. "We even got automated evacuation calls from the City of Glendale. We tried not to panic and held our ground as we watched the fire burn for seven days. In fact, the picture on the back of the CD is was taken at night from the backyard of our studio."
After hearing the final mix of the opening track "I'm In A Rock Band", Slade exclaimed, "I have one thing to say about the CD and production... it's fucking brilliant! Brilliant by anyone's standards..."
The songs "Live" and "I'm So Ready" will appear in the upcoming thriller "Chain Letter" starring Nicki Reed ("Twilight: New Moon"), Betsy Russell ("The Saw"), Brad Dourif ("Child's Play"), and Bai Ling. The movie also features the track "Chains" off Jason Ebs' 2005 CD release "Twisted Roots", which works perfectly as the end credits roll.
Though appearing in a slasher film, the CD has an overall positive theme at a time when things are so crazy in the world. "Anything is possible when you put your mind to it," says Ebs, "and we wanted to write songs that would both inspire and motivate people to follow their dreams."