Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has demoed two more songs for his upcoming solo album. He wrote on his Facebook page: "Well, we tracked two more demos with Jeremy Colson on the drums who we borrowed from the Steve Vai band, and I gotta tell ya, these two new tracks SMOKE. Looking forward to laying down the vocals on these ASAP we are on the way to making a badass new record!" He also posted a video of Jeremy "laying waste" to Bach's garage with a performance of SKID ROW's "Monkey Business" with Sebastian's band. "This mothertrucker is out of control!!!" the singer wrote.
This past June, Bach told Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station that he was about to sign a deal with a U.S.-based heavy metal record label that would help him make a "career-defining" new solo album.
Bach hasn't released a full-length disc since "Give 'Em Hell", which was criticized by some for sounding "too modern" and a departure from his '80s hard rock past. Like its predecessor, 2011's "Kicking & Screaming", the disc was released through Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian label which specializes in what's commonly called AOR, a term that once signified a popular radio format ("album-oriented rock") but nowadays applies to acts whose airplay is marginal.
Although Bach had said in some of his interviews that his next record would be less musically aggressive and it would be "more uplifting and fun," he appears to have had a change of heart.
"Well, before [the new record deal] happened, I was thinking of doing more of an acoustic-based record because I've done a lot of solo records," he explained to WRIF. "I've done 'Angel Down', which I'm very proud of that album, and I'm really hoping to get it out on vinyl sometime soon. Then 'Kicking & Screaming', which is a great album. 'Give 'Em Hell'… Not to mention 'ABachalypse Now', which is a three-record set. 'Forever Wild' DVD, 'Bring 'Em Bach Alive!'… I've put out a lot of records. And putting out the last one, when I put so much time and effort into it and it doesn't get the attention that it deserves, for me as an artist, I'm, like, 'Fuck!' So I was, like, you know what? If I'm gonna put out another heavy metal, hard rock album, I need help. I need a company around me that's gonna put the same kind of attention and time and effort into it as I am. So now that looks like it's happening. So now I'm changing the way I'm looking at things."
In July, Bach told Idaho's 94.9 & 104.5 The Rock radio station that his next album would include more songs from guitar players he had previously worked with. "Like the last three records, I've had John 5 [ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON] play on my records and write some tunes, and he's got a couple of [tracks] on this new [album] that I'm working on," he said. "And also Steve Stevens from the BILLY IDOL band — we did three songs on the last record, and he's got one crazy, really cool song on the new one."
Photo credit: Lizzy Gonzalez
Helping out my bud Sebastian Bach and his boys before they hit road next week. Playing a little Monkey Business
Posted by Jeremy Colson on Friday, September 21, 2018