Enzo Mazzeo conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach on March 17 in downtown Los Angeles. You can now watch a clip from the chat below (photo and video by Federico Janni).
Said Bach in the video: "Some musicians say, 'Oh, yeah, I wanna play a little, tiny club, 'cause it's so intimate.' I wanna play a fuckin' stadium, 'cause I'm Sebastian Bach. [Laughs]"
He continued: "When I tell you I don't like playing clubs, the reason is, if I'm singing, I don't want to be one foot away from the drum kit… I don't wanna yell, I don't wanna shout. I know I'm a diva. [Laughs]"
In a 2012 interview with ChicagoNow.com, Bach said: "I don't like playing clubs, really. I like playing arenas because I'm six-foot-four [193 cm]. Basically, it's the sound that bothers me in clubs. It's very hard to have really good sound in some of these smaller rooms where I'm on stage and standing five inches from the drum kit. It's very hard to sing in those situations when you're used to having great sound in the room and you can hear everything. So that's very frustrating." He added: "I don't know what to say. Promoters are all about the reunion tour and the nostalgia and that's the way they think. And for a guy like me, it's frustrating to have to deal with that. But that's just the way it goes. At six-foout-four, I feel like I'm too big for a club stage… in more ways than one. [Chuckles]"
Bach's new solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", was released on April 22 via Frontiers Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Kicking & Screaming" was once again produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, BLACK SABBATH and SHINEDOWN, among others.
Of the new album, Sebastian Bach enthused: "I could not be more proud of the new CD, 'Give 'Em Hell'. As a rock music fan myself, I listen to it every single day. As a musician, I honestly feel like I have reached a new level of album recording. As an audiophile, I could not be more blown away by the sound! The production and mastering sound so good that it's perfect to show off your high-end stereo system.
"Ever since my first record, 'Skid Row', on through 'Slave To The Grind' up to 'Kicking & Screaming' and 'Angel Down', I have always been concerned, first and foremost, with making quality records for my fans. And I can honestly say that 'Give 'Em Hell' meets or even exceeds the standards set by some of the records I have put out in the past."
"Give 'Em Hell" was mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles with Tom Baker.
Sebastian managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES), and not one but two top-class guitar players: John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE) and Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL). Rounding out the lineup on the CD are Devin Bronson (AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK) on guitar and Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING) on drums. Duff and Sebastian previously collaborated on Duff's solo album "Believe In Me".
The cover for "Give 'Em Hell" was once again handled by Richard Villa, who worked on "Kicking & Screaming". Incorporated into the album design is one of the paintings by Sebastian's late father David Bierk, who painted the artwork for SKID ROW's "Slave To The Grind", inside artwork for SKID ROW's "Subhuman Race", and Bach's solo albums "Angel Down" and "Bring 'Em Bach Alive!".
The video for the CD's first single, "Temptation", was directed by Patrick Fogarty, who has previously worked with BLACK VEIL BRIDES, PICTURE ME BROKEN and THE BURNING OF ROME.
Bach previously stated about "Give 'Em Hell": "We have captured some kick-ass rock and roll magic and producer par excellence Bob Marlette is the wizard behind the board.
"It is such an awesome feeling to be able to say to the planet if you like the music I have put out before, I can guarantee you will dig this one! I cannot stop listening to it and that is the whole intention.
"For those of you who dig my high crazy-ass screams of the other records, well, I am proud to say this new disc features all the ranges and textures I have been known for, clean soaring melodic ballads and blood-curdling death screams from hell."
Photo and video credit: Federico Janni