Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE.
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE features ex-GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell alongside former GREAT WHITE bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), Dan McNay (MONTROSE) on bass, Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar and Dicki Fliszar (BRUCE DICKINSON) on drums.
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE's debut album, tentatively titled "The Gauntlet", is due in early 2017.
Said Jack in a statement: "I want to say how happy and excited I am about my band. I have so much respect for Serafino, Mario, Derek and their team and am so thankful to be working with them. The band and I are off the hook about the new material. You are going to love it!"
In 2014, JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE gave fans a taste of new music with the release of the single "Hard Habit" which received rave reviews from fans clamoring for the "classic" early sound of GREAT WHITE.
Jack Russell told the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast about whether "The Gauntlet" is a band effort or more of a "solo" album: "It's a band album, absolutely. Me and my guitarist have done most of the writing. It's definitely a band record. I wanted it have that sound. I didn't want it to be a mixed bag of tunes. I wanted it to have a cohesiveness."
Asked if "The Gauntlet" is a return to the classic GREAT WHITE sound of the '80s or if it features a more modern approach, Jack said: "You know, I think it's a little bit of both, really. To me, the stuff sounds heavier in some regards and more whimsical. It's a really powerful record. I mean, I've just dumped every emotion I have into it, and I went pretty deep on a lot of stuff. There's some dark stuff on there, but there's some dark realities. But it's also a fun record too; it's not like it's all, 'Here's a big ball of negativity.' I don't wanna go down that route. But it's just an honest record, and I try to do that; I try to keep my records honest."
Regarding why it's important for him to make new music and release "The Gauntlet" at a time when record sales are a fraction of what they used to be, Jack said: "Well, I mean, there's always new music in me. If you don't release it, the thing is just gonna fester in there. I mean, for me, being a musician is about being creative and making new music and continuing to strive for something more. It's, like, you could be an artist and you just have a gallery with a bunch of paintings in them, but one of these days, those paintings will either be all sold or people are gonna get tired of coming in and looking at 'em. I wanna keep releasing songs and music, because that's what I do. You never know what's gonna happen in this business, the way the record sales are these days, or aren't these days. But, you know, there's always a shot; you never know. And the thing is, if you don't take the shot, you'll never hit the target. So I never discount anything; I always think anything is possible. And, for me, the shows we're doing… We're doing good-sized shows; I mean, it's not just all bars. We do a lot of bigger shows, and when we do, we tear 'em up. This band is smoking. I've never played with more gifted musicians and just full of energy and life and fun. And there's no baggage and there's no secrets and hatreds and all this other stuff. It's great to not be in that situation, where there's a lot of negativity from years of stuff not being said."
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with the current touring and recording version of GREAT WHITE, which features Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals).