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THE BROTHERHOOD: George Lynch Talks Lynch Mob’s New Album and More!

THE BROTHERHOOD: George Lynch Talks Lynch Mob’s New Album and More!

George Lynch’s captivating playing style and rock ‘n’ roll attitude have established himself as one of the music electrifying guitar players in the music business. This guitar legend rose to prominence back in the 80s as lead shredder for Dokken. His story did end there as Lynch remained determined to continue to mold his blossoming career by working outside the box. His latest musical project is no exception to that rule. This September, Lynch Mob returns with a powerful new album, “The Brotherhood,” via Rat Pak Records.

Produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Lynch Mob; Flotsam And Jetsam; Prong; KXM), “The Brotherhood” features eleven brand new hard rock tracks from Lynch Mob, which are sure to resonate with long time fans of the band, as well as those longing for that good ol’ hard rock sound and feel. “The Brotherhood” once again highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan and George Lynch, and along with Sean McNabb (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums), the band has created a solid offering from start to finish. From the heavy guitar riffs of the opening track “Main Offender” to the melodic album finale “Miles Away”, Lynch Mob have once again proven they remain on top of their game and unafraid to explore undiscovered musical territory!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with the legendary George Lynch to discuss finding his creative voice as a young player, breathing life into Lynch Mob’s “The Brotherhood,” and the challenges artists face in the ever-tumultuous music industry. 

What went into finding your creative voice as a young musician?

As silly as it might sound, it all started with playing along to records. That was the thing that helped me learn and develop my own style. In playing along, I was trying to emulate guys like Hendrix, Clapton and so forth. I wasn’t really learning what they were doing note for note but I was mimicking what they were doing and, by osmosis, absorbing the character of where they were coming from. I was trying to anticipate it through playing along versus learning it note for note. In doing that, it sort of made it my own thing. I did that forever with Hendrix, Cream, Beck and all these guys who were around when I was growing up as a guitar player. I just assumed all of this stuff but without playing it note for note and did it my own way. Through that process, I unconsciously synthesized all of these different influences into my style and started developing my own chops that were born out of the things that I learned. That’s the way I believe my style developed.

You look very comfortable on stage but I imagine that wasn’t always the case. When do you feel you came into your own as a performer?

I probably got to a point of pretty consistent self-confidence in who I was as a player and my abilities sometime in the 90s. I think in the 80s I was still very unsure and still kind of finding my way. I was much less consistent back then. It’s like anything else and it’s a learning process. I didn’t come quickly for me!

Here you are all these years later and your passion for music is alive and well. What keeps your creative fire stoked?

There are a couple of things. The first is not being rich, so it’s out on necessity. I’m sort of half-kidding but, more importantly, it’s just what I do. I feel compelled to do it. All of my life I have felt compelled to create music and I just picked up the guitar as the vehicle to do that. I guess it comes down to chasing the dragon or the idea that has been circulating in my head forever, which is to write that one song. It’s that one song, the greatest song in the world, that has been rattling around in my head but I’m never quite able to reach out and grasp. That holds true for the greatest guitar solo that I imagine but is also just out of reach! [laughs]

What does rock ‘n’ roll mean to you after all these years in the game?

For me, my perception of the state of rock ‘n’ roll is that it’s come full circle. In the beginning, meaning in the mid-to-late 60s and even the early 70s, it was an evolving thing. It was a mystery. It was like a wilderness of ideas and then it started to coalesce in the 70s through art rock, commercial rock, and other tangents. It began to coalesce, solidify and calcify. For me, it’s just been kind of blown apart and is like “Pick and choose anything you want.” So, again, it’s sort of a mystery as to where it’s going. I think we are in an amorphous, transitory, fluid state, at least from my perception. I think that is disconcerting but, at the same time, very liberating because it allows you a lot of freedom, which is why I do so many projects.

You certainly have a lot of irons in the fire. Lynch Mob has a brand-new album, “The Brotherhood,” on the way. How did the ball get rolling there?

Lynch Mob is my core band and the band I predominately tour with. I do a lot of projects outside of it, obviously, but I consider this my family and the foundation of my musical experience. The band has been the same guys for going on five years and we have a previous history beyond that with not only Oni [Logan], but with Jimmy [D’Anda] and Sean [McNabb]. We were in and out of Lynch Mob together in previous years in the 1990s and early 2000s. Collectively, we have a lot more time together as Lynch Mob as any other incarnation of the band. We keep growing and evolving as a brotherhood. “The Brotherhood” fits it so apt in the sense that it defines and describes the band so well, and how we feel about each other and the experience of being in this group. This record came as the result of a backlash of the last record, “Rebel,” which was also a great record. This time around, we decided we were going to approach this one differently. We wanted to do it as a band, in a room and with all of us writing together, which is what we did. The “Rebel” record was basically just Oni, myself and an engineer, writing in the confines of a studio. That’s not a bad way to work either but we thought this time around, we would make it more of a collective, communal band effort. I think that obviously paid off but the problem with that way of writing is that it can get messier. If you are locked in a laboratory situation with fewer people, there is less that can go wrong because you are in more of a controlled environment. In a situation with a full band where you are coming up with ideas live, it’s messier and a lot more complicated. It definitely took more time. There was a low point actually in the process. I remember we were on tour and we were listening to all of the stuff we had written with our rough demos. We were stuck on some 5-hour drive and listened to this thing back to front. No one said anything and we were all just bumming! [laughs] We rolled up our sleeves and went back to work and rebuilt the record!

You mentioned the recording process for this album being very organic. Did you have a particular vision for the record before entering into the process?

Well, we always have “Wicked Sensation” in the back of our mind as a benchmark but we are never going to recreate that record or beat it. It’s kind of it’s own thing. We had a 1/2 a million-dollar budget and a year and a half to make that record with 2 producers and 9 studios or whatever it was. There was no limit to the resources. That was a different day and a different animal. These days we run a lot leaner and meaner. We try to do things quicker, work smarter and more efficiently when it comes to time and money. I’m very proud that we are able to do that. We usually start with “Wicked Sensation” as a benchmark and go from there. Like I said, “Wicked” was done a long time ago and we were different people in a different world. We’re not going to recreate that record and we couldn’t if we wanted to; it would be silly. I think it’s undeniable that the basic chemistry that ran through that record is still alive and well in the interaction between Oni and myself. It just happens because of who we are.

“The Brotherhood” is chocked full of killer material. Which songs came easy and which were harder to nail down?

This record was a bit of a challenge but in a good, healthy way. We really had to roll up our sleeves, as I said earlier, and work on stuff and re-work stuff. We had to wrestle with it. It was like wrestling with an alligator to get it in the box! [laughs] I would say that the first two videos, “Main Offender” and “Mr. Jekyll and Hyde,” which are the first two singles, are very strong. Maybe that is the fact that we just did videos for them, so they are in the forefront of my mind. We are thinking of doing a third video for another song, which I think is absolutely beautiful. The song is called “Miles Away.” It’s somewhat Pink Floyd-ish. No apologies there! We are obviously biting that a little bit. The song came out of an idea that we had when we were on the road for a period of time and we kept reworking this idea at sound check. We would keep bringing it up and became enamored with this idea. It was only one part and it would keep going around and around. We didn’t even have a second part for it but Oni fell right in and started coming up with these lines for it that were beautiful. It had a dynamic to it that was wonderful and it would pick you up, carry you and drop you back down with this sweeping crescendo and over the top thing at the end. It was very emotional and powerful. It’s such a beautiful song and we started doing it live, even though it wasn’t recorded and wasn’t officially a song. It was just a jam essentially and it was different every night. I loved doing that and all the guys dug it, so it eventually turned into a song. That song to me, “Miles Away,” was a profoundness because it has that history. It developed so organically out of the band being on the road. People actually heard the song before it was ever a song! [laughs] People who buy the record, who knows, maybe they were at one of those shows and will remember it! It’s changed a little bit by me adding a part but it’s a really beautiful tune. So yeah, we might do a video for that and it sticks out in my head. “Dr. Jekyll and Hyde,” I don’t know if you’ve seen the video, but I really enjoyed that song because it also came out of that same kind of thing. It was the product of being on the road and coming up with some ideas. Then we finished developing it in the studio. I also have to say that “Main Offender” is mostly Jimmy D’Anda. It’s a song that he fostered and brought to the band, which is sort of unique for me because I’m used to doing all the music stuff myself with input from everybody else. We all chimed in on it and added some parts, but that is his baby! I think that was very healthy for us because we got some music on the record that came from a completely fresh perspective. I mean, you don’t want me coming up with everything! [laughs] It’s like incest and you end up with a weak gene pool! You want to have as much input from as many locations as possible. We want all of these different influences. We are like a mutt! I have to give Jimmy props for that one! Some of my least favorite stuff on the record, not that I truly dislike anything on the record, is some of the lighter stuff that is a little more tongue-in-cheek and kind of “Good time rock ‘n’ roll-y.” I don’t know, personally, I like the darker stuff. Songs like “I’ll Take Miami” and stuff like that seems like they would be more at home in the 80s or early 90s, so it’s more of a throwback to that era. I guess there are people who will dig it but, personally, it’s not my thing.

Lynch Mob’s Oni Logan and George Lynch

As you said, you have a lot of projects happening at any given time. Be it Lynch Mob or one of your other creative outlets, what are the keys to successful collaborations?

Well, there are a lot of ways to define success. I mean, I’ve always thought throughout the years that Dokken was one of the least interesting musical endeavors I’ve ever been involved with in some ways, although I have more appreciation for it now than I did maybe at the time. That had the most success and resonated with the most amount of people of any project I’ve ever been involved in. [laughs] That’s my take on things. From a personal standpoint, you really know right away if you are getting off on something or not. I know when I write a part and I give it to Oni that he is going to do his thing by writing his magic poetry, awesome dark lyrics, very unique melodies and adding his trademark voice. His is one of the greatest voices in the history of rock. I think he is right up there with Paul Rodgers and the rest of them. When Oni is firing on all cylinders and does his thing on top of what I do, it’s undeniable. Whether or not it sells the record or whether or not people appreciate it or hear it is another thing but, on a personal level, I’m saying, “That’s what I hear in my head!” Dokken is never what I heard in my head, ya know! [laughs] When you have commercial success, that could trump everything else, ya know! I hate to use the word trumped! [laughs]

Yeah, it could bring a lot of unwanted attention your way these days! [laughs]

Yeah!

We have all seen the record industry change exponentially throughout the years and is very challenging sea for artists to navigate. What does it take to keep a project like Lynch Mob on the rails and thriving?

You’re right, it is challenging, a bit. Lynch Mob is a viable band. We are viable economically. We’re not a huge band like Poison, The Scorpions or Van Halen but we are able to provide ourselves with an income which justifies us moving forward continually. That’s OK and we are all good with that! We try to be honest about where we are coming from and we’re not pretending to be big rock stars with all the accouterments. We appreciate the limelight and the exposure of our music to the people because we like to feel our music is important. It’s not even our music. The music we are involved in making is something that has to be done for a certain segment of the population. In a world of 7 1/2 billion people, there has got to be X amount of people who are yearning for this kind of music. I don’t feel like I need to be a salesman and try to shove something down someone’s throat that they are reluctant to want to listen to. I feel that if enough people realize this existed, they would gravitate towards it. That is why we continue to work, tour and put out records because we feel, at some point, it will justify itself if we do good work.

Lynch Mob — A musical brotherhood.

Where do you see yourself headed in the future musically? Are you already charting a course for a future record with Lynch Mob?

Well, I don’t know about that. I mean, this one is just coming out and it was a long road getting this one done. I do have quite a few records from other projects coming out. They are in various stages of completion and a lot of them are done. For instance, the next one coming out is the Sweet & Lynch album. Right after that, we have the Ultra Phonics record with Corey Glover [of Living Colour], which is sort of a continuation of a project within a project. That’s a great record and it’s coming out early next year! I also have the Dokken live album and DVD coming out. It’s got a couple new studio tracks on it that we wrote. It’s the first new Dokken songs we have written since 1994. That’s kind of a big deal! Lynch Mob does have a live album and live DVD coming out next year as well. Then I have a project called The Banishment with Tommy Victor, which is an industrial project. Then…sorry to lay this all on you at once… [laughs] but then I have another project with the guys from Dokken with the singer from Warrant, Robert Mason, who used to be in Lynch Mob. That’s called Super Stroke and that’s coming out next year as well!

I have to say that I love that about you, George. You keep it eclectic!

Yeah, I do! [laughs]

What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

For fledgling musicians, there is always that advice of “Stick to your dreams.” I think in reality, everything is grey area and everything is about balance. I know this is common sense stuff but you do need to stick to your dreams but you also need to be practical. You need to diversify. I wouldn’t have survived this long in this business and be able to support and raise a family of 7 kids without diversifying and being flexible! As you get older, you tend to become less flexible both physically and mentally. With that said, you need to force yourself into areas that are uncomfortable for you. For me, that meant taking up building my own guitars and starting my own guitar company and delving into other projects. I don’t just record my songs, my records and go on tour. I’m heavily involved with my endorsers and designing, developing and marketing different kinds of equipment like pickups for guitars, amplifiers and so forth. That’s another income stream as well. There are lot of other things that you can do within the realm of music other than just striving to be a rock star! In short, diversity is the key.

Thanks for your time today, George! I appreciate it!

Thank you, Jason. Take care!

Lynch Mob’s “The Brotherhood” will be released on Friday, September 8 via Rat Pak Records. For the latest on all of George Lynch’s projects, visit his official website at www.georgelynch.com.

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Metal Church Announce First Tour Since The Return Of Mike Howe

Metal Church Announce First Tour Since The Return Of Mike Howe

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Hard rock titans Metal Church are hitting the road in the United States and Europe in support of their latest Rat Pak Records release XI. The band will be playing two warm-up shows in the state of Washington before heading out on the Monsters Of Rock cruise this month. The first leg of the United States tour kicks off on March 24th in Portland, ME and runs through April 9th wrapping up in Rochester, NY at the Montage Music Hall. The record release party for XI will be the show on March 25th in Manchester, NH at the Jewel Nightclub. Admission to that show is free and is on a first come first served basis. Metal Church will be heading over to Europe in May and then return back to Europe for more dates in July and August. More tour dates to be announced in the near future. For more information on all upcoming tour dates, go to http://metalchurchofficial.com.

XI, the band’s 11th studio album available worldwide on March 25th, marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The album has been getting critical and fan praise alike with Decibel Magazine recently stating in a review: “On XI, Howe croon-roars like a man possessed, delivering a varied, vital, almost unbelievably pitch-perfect performance. As for the riffs, Vanderhoof remains a master crafter of speed-metal mayhem – a faithful keeper of the once-bustling aural bridge connecting NWOBHM and thrash metal proper.”

Metal Church just released a new video trailer for XI that features a sample of the album opener “Reset.” The trailer can be seen here: https://youtu.be/QfG0vw19RJMThe new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/metal-church. A limited number of the Deluxe International Version are available on the website and features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself. The album is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play and via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/MCXIiTunes and fans that order the digital version will receive an instant download of “Killing Your Time” from the new album. XI was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

From the first guitar riff of album opener “Reset” through the driving outro of album closer “Suffer Fools,” it is clear Metal Church is back and better than ever. “Needle and Suture” and “Soul Eating Machine” showcase the songwriting that made the early Mike Howe albums The Human Factor, Blessing In Disguise and Hanging In The Balance such fan favorites. Musical opuses “Signal Path” and “Sky Falls In” clock in at over 7-minutes each and put the musicianship that Metal Church was known for on full display in 2016.

Metal Church recently released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow.” The video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/ary17dRnC3o and was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films and features a unique visual that ties in to the location. A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the video for “No Tomorrow” was also recently released and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Rr0bHRjfhmU.

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Metal Church Reveal Tracklisting and Cover Art for Upcoming Album ‘XI’

Metal Church Reveal Tracklisting and Cover Art for Upcoming Album ‘XI’

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Hard rock titans Metal Church have announced the track listing and unveiled the cover for their latest album XI, slated for release on March 25th via Rat Pak Records. The band’s 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/metal-church. A limited number of the Deluxe International Version are available on the website and features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself. The album is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play and via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/MCXIiTunes and fans that order the digital version will receive an instant download of “Killing Your Time” from the new album. XI was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

From the first guitar riff of album opener “Reset” through the driving outro of album closer “Suffer Fools,” it is clear Metal Church is back and better than ever. “Needle and Suture” and “Soul Eating Machine” showcase the songwriting that made the early Mike Howe albums The Human Factor, Blessing In Disguise and Hanging In The Balance such fan favorites. Musical opuses “Signal Path” and “Sky Falls In” clock in at over 7-minutes each and put the musicianship that Metal Church was known for on full display in 2016.

Metal Church recently released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow.” The video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/ary17dRnC3o and was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films and features a unique visual that ties in to the location. A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the video for “No Tomorrow” was also recently released and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Rr0bHRjfhmU.

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The track listing for XI is:        

1)     Reset

2)     Killing Your Time

3)     No Tomorrow

4)     Signal Path

5)     Sky Falls In

6)     Needle & Suture

7)     Shadow

8)     Blow Your Mind

9)     Soul Eating Machine

10)   It Waits

11)   Suffer Fools

Metal Church Official Website: http://metalchurchofficial.com

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Metal Church Return With Legendary Vocalist Mike Howe, New Album Slated For March 2016

Metal Church Return With Legendary Vocalist Mike Howe, New Album Slated For March 2016

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Hard rock titans Metal Church return with their latest album XI slated for release on March 25th via Rat Pak Records. The band’s 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The reunion between Mike and Metal Church started in July of 2014 when Mike started working with Kurdt Vanderhoof on a side project he was forming with Nigel Glockler from Saxon. Through these initial conversations, Kurdt convinced Mike to ultimately return to Metal Church. The idea was to see if they could recapture some of the magic from the 3 albums Metal Church released in the late 80’s: The Human Factor, Blessing In Disguise and Hanging In The Balance. Out of those sessions, XI was born and captures the sound that made the band fan-favorites in the 80‘s and mixes it with a new, invigorated sound for 2016.

“Sometimes I still can’t believe it myself, no one would have ever thought Mike would return after his departure almost 2 decades ago” says guitarist and founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof.

“At first I struggled with the decision to come back, but after hearing the riffs that Kurdt was writing, I just couldn’t resist, the music called to me and I wanted to be part of it!” says returning vocalist Mike Howe.

Metal Church has also released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow.” The video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/ary17dRnC3o and was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films and features a unique visual that ties in to the location. A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the video for “No Tomorrow” was also recently released and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Rr0bHRjfhmU. XI was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

Rat Pak Records has also teamed up with Nuclear Blast Europe through a worldwide licensing agreement for distribution of XI in all territories outside of North America, South America and Japan. “We here at Rat Pak Records were very excited to receive a licensing request from Markus Staiger and his amazing team at Nuclear Blast Europe to release this new Metal Church XI into their international territories, ultimately insuring that this album will reach every corner of the globe,” states Rat Pak Records President Joe O’Brien. Markus Staiger adds: “We are happy and proud to welcome Metal Church, an absolute metal legend, to the Nuclear Blast Europe family! When the self-titled debut album was released in 1984, it was a revelation to me – that this was how heavy metal had to sound like – with killer riffs and plenty of speed! We will do our utmost to help re-establish Metal Church here in Europe and get them back where they belong – in the ‘Champions League’ once again!“ King Records will be overseeing the new Metal Church release throughout Japan. “We are very excited to be releasing the new album by Metal Church,” adds “Ryo” Saito of King Records.

Check out Metal Church’s Official Website at www.metalchurchofficial.com

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REBEL SPIRIT: Lynch Mob’s Oni Logan His Life In Music And Powerful New Album

REBEL SPIRIT: Lynch Mob’s Oni Logan His Life In Music And Powerful New Album

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In 1989, legendary guitarist George Lynch parted ways with his former band Dokken. In the days to follow, he would go on for the Lynch Mob and join forces with one of rock’s most unique voices, Oni Logan. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Lynch Mob’s debut release “Wicked Sensation,” which is the band’s most popular work to date achieving gold-selling status. However, it isn’t like Lynch and Logan to rest on their laurels. Lynch Mob is back once more and stand ready to unleash their eighth studio album, “Rebel”, on August 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. 

From the blistering album opener “Automatic Fix” to the album closer “War,” Lynch Mob is back to show fans why they are one of the most-loved rock bands. The Lynch Mob line-up on “Rebel” is comprised of namesake George Lynch on guitars, Oni Logan on vocals, Jeff Pilson on bass and Brian Tichy on drums. Songs like “Testify,” “Sanctuary,” and “Dirty Money” showcase Oni Logan’s trademark vocal ability while putting his diverse lyrical content on full display. The album was produced by George Lynch collaborator Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Oni Logan to discuss his life in music, his early memories of joining forces with guitar legend George Lynch and the rise of the Lynch Mob, the main of their new album, ‘Rebel,’ and what the future may hold for him musically.

Music has been a huge part of your life. What are your first memories of music and what drove you to make your passion a career?

Oni Logan

Oni Logan

Music is such a powerful thing. There were several things that impacted me musically as a kid. There were albums like “Frampton Comes Alive” to Led Zeppelin’s first two or three albums to Rush’s “2112.” For me, music was a way of relating to my friends. It was something we all shared together. Looking at the album art and listening to them were an amazing experience. I can remember looking at the album art for Van Halen’s first record and hearing it for the first time and being blown away. At a very age, I felt the bug and caught the bug, which led to me starting to play drums at 9 years old. I continued doing that until I was 17, when I was asked by my brother to start singing. I got up to the microphone and I got to singing the blues. I loved stuff like Robert Plant and Steve Marriott. All I can say is that music just consumed me and it was all I thought about day in and day out. I had this perception of possibly doing music for real, coming out to California, being a recording artist and being up on stage. It was tunnelvision! I just didn’t stop and eventually it came into fruition by me getting the right opportunities and the right contacts. The next thing I knew, I got the opportunity to come out to LA and I am in front of 9,000 people playing alongside George Lynch in his new band, the Lynch Mob. For me, there are so many great influences but it is more the classic rock people who had an impact on me. I still love those people very much! I don’t know what else to tell you other than I am a lucky guy who got a lucky break! I just managed to be at the right place at the right time and was lucky enough to be able to hold a tune together!

Building on that, what are your first recollections of meeting George Lynch and the early days of Lynch Mob?

My first recollection of meeting George? It was a bit of a slow build. He was like the president at the time. [laughs] He was sending out people to talk to me at different places in Hollywood. For instance, I would be at The Roxy or The Rainbow and a certain person would come up to me and give me the line, “Hey. I just heard George is looking at you to be his new singer.” This all built up over a months time and finally he showed up with Mick Brown at The Whisky. That was my first look at George being naughty! I say that because he did have a nasty reputation of doing that sometimes back in the day. We were all younger and a bit mischievous! [laughs] They were just rock ‘n’ roll guys with attitudes at the top of their game. They came in and said, “We’re going to take your singer and that is all there is to it.” That was my first impression of him as a badass! The dude with the horns! That was my first impression of him!

It has been 25 years since the release of Lynch Mob’s first album, “Wicked Sensation.” What are some of your fondest memories of bringing it to the masses?

Lynch and Logan together on stage.

Lynch and Logan together on stage.

I can tell you one highlight. Those guys had flown me out to Arizona and put me up in an apartment. I was still without a car and I was borrowing George’s old 1965 Corvair, which was a rag top. I remember driving along the highway and I was listening to 98 KUPD, which was a great rock station. That is when I heard “Wicked Sensation” for the first time on the radio! I was shaking in my seat, man! I couldn’t believe I was hearing myself on the radio. It was one of the richest times of my life. I was by myself and it just happened to come on. I pulled over on the side of that desert road and screamed because it was so fuckin’ cool! That was one of the great experiences. There were so many others! We toured with Queensryche in Europe a month-and-a-half. Going around Europe with those guys, we were playing big arenas in front of 13,000 people. I believe it was the Operation: Mindcrime Tour. We also toured around with Cinderella back in the day and played Hershey Park, Pennsylvania in front of 10,000 people. I wish I could really have cherished it back then and bottled it up so I could savor it every once and awhile. Those moments go by so quickly and you wish you could have them back sometimes. However, we have experienced some special moments these days as well. For example, I hit the road with ol’ George Lynch again and we realized it was still fun! It was fun to be up on stage together again, play our songs that everybody loves and see the smiling faces of the fans enjoying their time. Some of the fans even bring their sons and daughters to introduce them to what could possibly be a new sound to them. Those are special moments that I definitely cherish and will take with me! As you get older, we all start realizing you have to take time to really enjoy it because it goes by so quick!

Lynch Mob has a brand new album on the way titled “Rebel.” That is certainly worth celebrating. What changed and what stayed the same when it comes to creating a Lynch Mob record?

Lynch Mob's 'Rebel'

Lynch Mob’s ‘Rebel’

Nothing has really changed. The basic formula is still us doing what we do. George comes up with riffs and then I come up with the melodies and the lyrics. We don’t force it and we don’t think about it too much. What you have is a natural progression when it comes to writing. On the recording end of it, the tones of a record are pretty natural when it comes to the drum, bass, guitar and voice tones. That means it still sounds like a rock band and isn’t oversaturated with plug-ins people are using these days to make things sound better. We like to keep it organic. What I hope people recognize is that we still care about what we do. We care very deeply about what we do. We don’t throw shit together just to put something out there to collect some bread! We honestly get involved and connected with it because, as artists, we always want to keep evolving. When I listen to our songs, I want to be able to sit back at the end of the day and say, “That is a damn good song!” I want to be able to pat myself on the back and that is the payoff for me. We only hope that people will give this record a chance. Sit back and listen to it a few times. Have a little patience! Don’t do it for just me but for all the other rock ‘n’ roll acts out there. Give these releases some time and really listen to them, as we used to do in the past. Then you truly know what songs work on you and which ones didn’t. I think in today’s world, we don’t have the attention spans to give things a chance. Instead, we just act on impulse and immediately say, “This song works on me. This one doesn’t. Next!” I hope people will give all creative people a chance and the time to understand their craft and what they are trying to do.

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How have you most evolved as an artist through the years?

I think I have become a better listener along the way and have become more motivated with my decisions and reactions. I feel I am now a person with deeper thoughts in regard to songwriting and anything else in life. I love writing music, going into the studio and performing, now more than ever. I think what I have taken from all these years gone by is a sense of maturity, a sense of depth and the ability to be comfortable in my own skin. I really love what I do and I consider it an honor and a blessing to still be able to do this. I am still kicking out the jams, the voice feels good and I am healthy! I am a lucky guy to be able to say all those things!

Where do you see yourself headed in the future when it comes to music? Is there anything you are still anxious to take on?

You know, I love all sorts of music and I am open to experimentation. I grew up in South Florida, so I was a big fan of the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and classic rock. I would love to do a classic rock album some day with some classic rock players who really understand that type of music. I would also love to work with different people and co-write songs. I hope to perform until I am much older but at some point you have to call it a day. I don’t see myself slowing down for a long time but I certainly love to branch off and work with different writers, singers and guitar players. That is where I see myself in the future, being a songsmith. You never know, I might write something good that ends up on the radio!

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What can you tell us about your songwriting process at this point in your career?

Well, let’s see. I light a bunch of candles … [laughs] I’m just kidding! In the past I used to do that and the whole mood had to be right for the recording and everything else and it does help with the vibrations. There really is no sequence. What I do is almost like chipping away at stone and carve something out. That process of chipping away is where I find words or melodies that I haven’t used or heard before and really putting a spin on the lyrics that no one has done before. It is all about sitting down and focusing because you have to dig deep and find something to say. Sometimes it isn’t there and you have to settle down and say, “Listen, don’t take your shit so seriously and write the song the way it wants to be written. Let it be what it wants to be.” That holds true for any song, even if it is just a hip shaker kind of song. I have learned through the years to focus, try to do my best work and not to take myself as seriously as I did in the past. I spent a lot of years trying to take myself too seriously! I wanted to be Pink Floyd but it didn’t work out! [laughs] I am Oni Logan and that is all I can expect, ya know?! We all want to be brilliant but sometimes it just doesn’t work out!

That is a great perspective to have! I want to thank you for your time today, Oni! The new record is really great and we wish you continued success!

Thank you, man! I appreciate your continued support! Do play the record, man! It’s a good one and I hope everyone out there enjoys it!

Lynch Mob’s “Rebel” will be released on August 21st via Frontiers Music Srl. Pre-order the new Lynch Mob album “Rebel” from Frontiers Records at this location.

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