On May 5, Full Metal Rock conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti of veteran Californian rockers Y&T. You can now listen to the chat at this location.
"I'm Coming Home", the new video from Californian rockers Y&T, is available for viewing below. The song comes off the band's first studio album in 13 years, "Facemelter", which is scheduled for release in Europe on May 21 via Frontiers Records.
Y&T's current lineup features original members Dave Meniketti and Phil Kennemore (bass), along with longtime members John Nymann (guitar) and Mike Vanderhule (drums).
Regarding the "I'm Coming Home" track, Dave Meniketti recently said, "Everyone can identify with this song. That is why I think this song will be a strong contender live. At least I hope it does. It is probably one of those songs you can take four different ways. But it is all about the same basic idea, which is about finding a place where you consider home and how much that means to you in one way or another. Whether that means you have been traveling forever and you just can't wait to get home because you know how much that means to you. Or you are a service person that can't wait to get home or you are lost sort of in life and didn't realize the place that was going to offer you comfort that you needed was right in front of you. For me, personally, it was all of those things but also meant for another reason. It was sort of a thank-you to the great fans that we got that sort of make us feel that we are at home when we are away from home. In particular there was at least one show last year that personified that for me when I had gotten very ill from a flu-like kind of virus and I lost my voice. It was a very big show in Newcastle, England. Here we are with thousands of people and I couldn't sing a note but I tried my hardest but they knew I was sick and I couldn't do it. They sang every song for me out there in the crowd and they didn't give me hell. In fact, most of them posted online and said, 'We respect the hell out of you for showing up and not canceling the show and trying your hardest. It was fun just singing all of those songs and helping you out.' See, that is the kind of special we can say is something that we can be proud of. I felt that when I wrote that song that also was something that I was trying to say. Thank you for making it home for us when we go out there."
"Facemelter" track listing:
02. On With The Show
03. One Life
04. Shine On
05. Wild Child
06. I Want Your Money
07. I'm Coming Home
08. If You Want Me
09. Hot Shot
10. How Long
11. Gonna Go Blind
12. Don't Bring me Down
13. Blind Patriot
14. Losing My Mind (European bonus)
15. Deadly Deceiver (Japanese bonus)
As the title indicates, "Facemelter" is a hard-rockin', song-oriented album that lives up to its name: it captures the band's raw energy and tightness that they've become known for. Featuring heavy grooves, powerful guitars, and strong melodies, the band shows their versatility, delivering a range of high-energy rockers, mid-tempo head-bangers, modern rock grooves, majestic ballads, and signature Y&T rock anthems. To mark the return, the band engaged John Taylor Dismukes — the same artist who designed covers for Y&T's classic albums "Mean Streak", "Black Tiger" and "In Rock We Trust" — to create the amazing art of the new "Facemelter".
Face-melting is a term that has been with Y&T since the mid-'70s, when a rabid fan ran backstage and told the band, "you melted my face," which inspired the group's first publishing company: "Facemelting Music."
Dave Meniketti - Lead Vocals, Lead Guitars
Phil Kennemore - Bass Guitar, Vocals
John Nymann - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Vanderhule - Drums & Percussion, Vocals