UGLY KID JOE singer Whitfield Crane has joined forces with original GODSMACK guitarist Lee Richards in a new project called RICHARDS/CRANE. The new band's first single, "Black & White", is a duet with ALTER BRIDGE/SLASH singer Myles Kennedy. The track is taken from RICHARDS/CRANE's forthcoming debut album, "World Stands Still", which is due later in the year. The CD also features a collaboration with Indian musician Vishal Vaid, who's previously worked with the likes of Anoushka Shankar, Bill Laswell, Michael Franti and Karsh Kale.
The video for "Black & White" was filmed on the streets of London and backstage at the last year's Download festival, and features cameos from Kennedy, STEEL PANTHER, Benji Webbe (SKINDRED), Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) and Chris Jericho (FOZZY).
Crane and Richards previously collaborated in ANOTHER ANIMAL, which also featured GODSMACK bassist Robbie Merrill, guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin.
ANOTHER ANIMAL issued its first disc in late 2007, but despite a rock radio hit with "Broken Again", sales did not materialize for the set.
ANOTHER ANIMAL performed on the 2011 ShipRocked "music and lifestyle" cruise, which sailed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Mexico and back over the course of five days, and released a new single called "Fall Of Rome" that same year.