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The Past Meets The Present With L.A. Guns New Record “The Missing Peace”
In their first effort since the 2012 release “Hollywood Forever” and first record with new music from Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns together since “Waking The Dead” in 2002, L.A. GUNS are back with a brand new album called “The Missing Peace”.
The album, which features Michael Grant (ENDEVERAFTER), Johnny Martin (ADLER), and Shane Fitzgibbon was released on October 13th via Frontier Records and is a shot in the ass of old school, sleazy, Sunset Strip rock n roll.
Tracii Guns revealed in a 2015 appearance on Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley that he and Phil Lewis were working on new material but at that time it was not known what it would be used for.
“There’s all kinds of possibilities. But the reality of any type of what Phil and I would call an L.A. GUNS ‘reunion,’ that probably won’t ever happen. But there’s a good chance that you’ll see even possibly new music from Phil and I. Certainly, at some point, as long as we’re living, we’ll definitely be on stage again at some point together.” Guns said.
What a difference a year makes because in 2016 the current lineup played at Sirius/XM’s Hair Nation Fest in Irvine, California, and a year out from that there have been months of touring as L.A. Guns and now a new L.A. Guns record featuring Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns.
The record itself is what you would expect from a effort between Lewis and Guns. Tracii’s tone and licks combined with Phil Lewis’ vocals is the true sound of L.A. Guns and combined with the prowess of Grant, Martin, and Fitzgibbon, you are left with a record that sounds like it could have followed up 1989’s “Cocked & Loaded”.
In a recent appearance on Another FN Podcast, Martin, the band’s bass player talked about what was then an upcoming release.
“It’s a fresh thing”, Martin replied, “You have Phil and Tracii together, you’re gonna get that sound regardless. But we have three new guys as kind of a fresh…we’re all songwriters.”
He continued, “We had our first official show with Phil at the Hair Nation Festival, that was September of last year. Everything went great. And then we waited, you know Tracii got some songs together, we all got songs together…everybody wrote something on this record, if not everything, together”.
As a fan, I highly recommend this record. As a critic? I highly recommend this record.
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JOHNNY MARTIN OF LA GUNS OPENS UP ABOUT RECORD AND THE ADRENALINE MOB ACCIDENT ON ANOTHER FN PODCAST
Johny Martin, bass player for LA Guns joined the Monday August 17th edition of Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley along with Barry Pointer of The Anatomy. They were talking The Anatomy and Soundcheck Live, the new LA Guns single, “Speed”, their upcoming record, touring with this version of the band, Michael Grant and TRACII GUNS complimenting either others playing, the Adrenaline Mob tragedy, and had a call in from Ace Von Johnson of Faster Pussycat who is currently out on the road.
Martin, who is close friends with Adrenaline Mob tour manager Janet Reigns said “One of my dear friends”, “she’s in critical condition. I heard that things are getting better, that they got the smoke out of her lungs- she’s also a singer, they said that she’d be able to sing again. I don’t know exactly what’s going on, I don’t know if she’s in a coma or what but things are getting progressively better within the past couple of days. So we’re just praying for her and everyone involved.”
He continued, “It was very vauge, the info that I got. I know everybody’s gotta be clamering to get information from people closest to her but what I heard was from the neck up she’s not badly burned but chest and back I believe is…it got the worst of it. That’s what I’ve heard.”
LA Guns have just gotten off the road and are amping up for another run to take them into August before they take a break leading into the release of the brand new record on October 13th. There may be some things here and there between then but they are trying not to oversaturate until the album drops. The first single, called “Speed” has just been released along with a video for it.
The album started being recorded in late 2016/early 2017 and was a true group effort with everybody contributing.
“What had happened was we had our first official show with Phil at the Hair Nation Festival, that was September of last year. Everything went great. And then we waited, you know Tracii got some songs together, we all got songs together…everybody wrote something on this record, if not everything, together. And the we, Tracii and Shane, the drummer, Shane Fitzgibbon, they laid down the basic tracks probably in I wanna say December/January. And then the rest of us went in and cut everything and then we finished it mid-March I believe. You know, a few tweaks here and there. Gave it to the label, see what they had to think and you know, had to say about it. Brought it back, we had a few things we wanted to change and yeah, it’s submitted to the label” Martin said.
Martin gave us a little preview of some other tracks (not on the show so don’t get all excited) but also played a couple tracks for Barry Pointer on the ride over.
“Johnny played a song for me in the car on the way over here and I totally hear this grinding punk thing underneath it, it’s cool”, Pointer commented.
““It’s a fresh thing”, Martin replied, “You have Phil and Tracii together, you’re gonna get that sound regardless. But we have three new guys as kind of a fresh…we’re all songwriters.”
When asked how it is playing with Tracii and Phil together, Martin said ““Since our first show in September, that love is still as genuine as it was back then- now”.
“They have a great chemistry together, it’s like a lot of people are like ‘I guess they’re doing it for the buck’- well yeah, we’ve gotta make a living. But Phil and Tracii are genuinely happy together. You see that on stage, you know. They look like Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, you know, sharing the mic at times. And with the chemistry of Mike and Tracii it’s just phenomenal. You have two different types of guitar players, but two amazing guitar players and it works.”
Martin also commented on the feeling of doing it now compared to that 1st show in September, “It still kind of feels the same. I know what to expect out of it a little bit more, out of a show, but still the audience doesn’t ‘cause they’re seeing this for the first time in years. So that excitement, I’m still feeding off that from everywhere that we play.”
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