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ADLER: "Back from the Dead"
ADLER - features drummer Steven Adler of GUNS N ROSES, the former frontman of Mars Electric , Jacob Bunton (lead vocals, guitars), Lonny Paul (guitars) and Johnny Martin (Bass) which formed in early 2012 when they released the single, THE ONE THAT YOU HATED, which spurred a video that received good attention and followed by the full length at the tail end of last year. The band laid down 11 tracks produced by Jeff Pilson (of Dokken and Foreigner fame) and mixed by Jay Ruston (of Anthrax fame). Jeff actually plays bass on the album as Martin joined right afterward as a permanent member. Released late last year in the states - internationally distribution coming soon. A review here at RockUnited.com is online already. For now, find out more about the album, here's a couple of quick Q's with the wild (and-kind) man behind the drums: Steven Adler...
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
It's been amazing! Fortunately, the fans and critics really seem to like it. We only spent about 3 weeks of actual recording time. It was spread out over a couple months because of every one's schedules, but it really didn't take long once we were together. There is such variety on our record, that I'm sure there is at least one song that everyone will enjoy.
What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
Pilson was incredible to work with. He had great ideas and made us all feel comfortable so we could concentrate on performance. Jeff Pilson (Dokken) was responsible for the production. He was the producer and Jay Ruston (Of Anthrax fame) mixed. Pleased with the outcome? Absolutely, it's my favorite record to listen to. The production is slamming!
Did the producer (or you) use any (weird) experimental miking and/or recording techniques?
Jacob and Lonny experimented with different guitar amps, pedals and they used different guitars for different parts of each song. I even banged on a shovel in the breakdown of "The One That You Hated". That didn't make the final mixed version. But yes, we obviously tried different things. I just started beating the hell out of my drums when Jeff told me to go. He was responsible for capturing the magic moments.
Please inform us about your favourite songs off the album
I really like all the songs for different reasons. Jacob and Lonny wrote incredible lyrics and arrangements. They all have their own feel and sound. I just asked them to give me variety. For example, I asked Jacob to write a Journey type song and he came up with "Your Diamonds". I am so lucky to have such incredible writers.
Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
No, we actually turned in the finished record to "New Ocean Media" and they have been amazingly supportive.
Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
Every day was a blast! Imagine hanging out with your favorite people doing your favorite thing. The whole team was open to changes and very supportive of each other.
Any chance that we'd catch you live at the Summer festivals in Europe?
We've got booking agents working on our touring schedule now... stay tuned.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
Queen is one of my favorite bands. But I am a lover of all music... anything with a cool beat.
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Thank you so much for all
the love and support, and for not giving up on me.
Interview by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,