New Lynch Mob

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Sound Mountain Sessions EP All Access Magazine talk with George Lynch about new EP, video and other tidy bits of information

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All Access Magazine (AAM) Craig Newman- Regarding the new EP why release it and why recorded at Sound Mountain studios?

GL- I like to produce a lot of material and I do produce a lot of material and sometimes I don’t have a record to produce it for. That doesn’t stop the creative flow and Lynch Mob hasn’t put out and record in a few years.  Smoke and Mirrors is the last record we put out and ensuing years we have been writing, demoing some stuff and coming up with creative ideas and the band really evolved by leaps and bounds.  And wanted to document that and so we thought we do something relatively tame less and has become world less about albums and more of world of singles.  Well who cares how many songs we put out; let’s just put some music out.  So people know where we are at and have been touring a bit and though we needed product out there to support, add some songs to the set and sell some cd’s.  And let people know we are in the game as we evolve.

AAM- These are good songs, sounding songs!

GL- Yeah, It is an interesting way the record went down.  We went and tour different studios and a lot of different engineers.  Just happen to fall into this guy name Chris Collier we call him the wizard by the way he magically the way he treats the band.  We have been working in a more traditional setting down in Burbank at a larger studio. It was wonderful but can be expensive and a little stifling, creatively, arguably could be when the clock is ticking and money is going out the door.  It defiantly affects the way you think to create and is not a great thing to be creative with a timer. Not that you can’t, we worked very quickly actually at this EP will attest too. We wrote everything from scratch in a few days and recorded it and headed out the door in about week’s time.  We are very proud how we managed ourselves and how prolific were as a band creating and getting work done.  It was a wonderful environment and we have a friend who has friend who has a studio basically in a house in the mountains at the extreme of northern part of LA (Los Angeles) county at Green Valley. It is a trenches drive through canyons, sometime washed out and closed, with boulders in the road and animals running by (laughter), drunk drivers and people driving off cliffs and forest fires. We got up there and stayed up there cause too much of a drive to go back and forth.  Brought food, clothes and sleeping bags and just camped up there.  We worked from scratch and very beautiful piece of work we are very proud of and stronger record cause of it.

AAM- You recorded the ‘Slow Drag’ video down at Houston?

GL- Yes, that is correct. We actually hooked up with a production company called Ven Films we thought very creative and very suited to what we like to see eventually  to some of things they did visually they have done in the past.  Its dark, has good energy, there is symbolism in there. We had a tight budget and they were able to work with our budget to get what we needed to get done on the amount money we needed to spend. And I am very happy with obviously it is a performance piece that is the least expensive way to do a rock video is to do a performance piece. We try to add elements addition to the performance augment we were able to do that cause of a wonderful location.  I believe it was an old granary in Houston sort of taken over by squatter / artist who drew all kinds of crazy stuff like graffiti, car art, and the automobiles you see in the video (laughter), car art, space ships and dragons.  We have all these things to work with that were already there.  We walked into an operating set basically looking around.  Oh we have fire looking at us and real lighting coming out of the sky cause of storm coming and the lighting flashing.

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AAM-With Oni, you had various singers what got you guys back together?

GL- He did, I mean I have always been here, have not gone anywhere.  I am still working in Los Angeles keeping the name alive, putting out records, touring and creating.  Oni, he took a bit of hiatus and sabbatical.  He had the urge to come back in the saddle and I was waiting and willing with open arms. AAM- I like Oni, he has a good voice and good guy too. GL- I agree, we have wonderful chemistry together as far writing is concerned.  I have always been on the look for the perfect singer to complement what I do.  Potentially we are getting better or good enough before we die quit or retire (laughter). AAM- Your guitar playing has never slacked! GL- Cause you don’t hear the bad stuff (laughter)

AAM-We’re only hearing the good stuff being released!

GL- Actually my best stuff is still actually locked away in my brain. Secondly, a lot of really good stuff has been left at the wayside.  I have written records that have not been released and material I have hoping to get a record deal for and a band I can wrap around it. I am compelled to write any ways.  And just sits there you know. I have hard drives, cassettes, ADAT’s, reel to reel just name it of tons of music that is imposing.  Last couple of months I was cleaning house at the studio boxes of tapes of Lynch Mob and I forgot about this stuff.

AAM- Maybe you can release it as unreleased archives?

GL- I have on Cleopatra records and independent labels and on my own actually through my website that guitar players might be interested in my stuff. Those were interested to me and well done and beautiful and hypnotic all.  The problem with this business is that is a business (laughter). Arguably I would say that worst stuff I helped created was the Dokken stuff to a certain extent in my opinion. That was the stuff that got the most attention and that is for ironic to me.

AAM- Are the any plans for the band to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, Russia, Europe, Asia and Latin America?

GL- No concrete plans the touring season is kind of winding down here.  We are touring through October then some couple one off dates through November and December.  We have show with Queensryche at the House of Blues, Hollywood around Thanksgiving and another with Queensryche at Phoenix around New Years.  The balance of the year will be dedicated to Tooth and Nail aka T&N to support the Slave to the Empire record to be released during October. Then next year should be very, very busy that we should have full length record out and plans to stay on the road to support it and tour extensively. As of now is too early to say and but would love to go to Alaska and Hawaii cause is the Pacific Rim loop you do end up staying at Hawaii as long as you want  and is a free vacation (Laughter).

AAM- This year you played on Monster of Rock cruise and booked for next year. What is it like performing on a big ship?

GL- Boat! (Laughter)

AAM- Yeah, big boat then playing on land?

GL- It was a wonderful experience, I didn’t know what to expect. When the boat is rocking you best be hitting the right note, when the boat is a rocking don’t come knocking (laughter).  You get nice room with a balcony, all the food and alcohol you can consumed. Basically it is a glorified gig, is a vacation.  I had my wife with me at the Bahamas and had a wonderful time. We played our big show in a theater and went really well. The night before we had a jam session called Mr. Scary and friends, I had no idea what I was doing. It was off the cuff and had everybody come up take a turn such as guitarist, bass players, drummers and vocalist take turns playing some cover tunes.  The crowd was sweaty packed into this place and nobody left it was awesome! A lot people said they prefer that than the actual band performance and it was a different animal and kind of neat for everybody in the room because they get to see a different side of what we do. We are in an improvisational band and I am improvisational guitar player first and foremost. I love doing that just jamming and then you go the next night more polished  rehearse set with big lights and big p a. They get to see the more human side of you and the more close up and personal side too.  I think there is a lost art of Rock and Roll improvisational to me is very sad that it has gone away. If the fans get into it, I love for this band to be known for that element. Not many bands can say that to go off and do spur of the moment.

AAM- Who is your top four influences of guitarist?

GL-Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Beck that is four! (Laughter)

AAM- A music project you would like to do before you can’t play guitar anymore?

GL- Funny you should ask that because I am going to be doing that pretty soon. I don’t know what it is called yet but it is in its formative stages. It is myself, Ray Luizer from KORN on drums, Doug Pinnick from KINGS X on bass and vocals.  A project we have been talking about for a while and now starting to get serious about putting it together. I am very frightened about that because it is a hard rock musician’s band if there ever was one.

AAM- Here is a philosophical question. There is a public victory and private victory where public victory others show they appreciate you. Private victory is your internal satisfaction. Have any like that?

GL- I think there is a third victory not sure how you would classify that. But a victory for truth for the right reason that gets little public acknowledgement I think there is too little happening of that but not just in the music sphere but in all spheres of society.  People getting recognized for doing the right thing unselfishly tying the two together, my heroes are not the Donald Trump’s, Kardashions and the Paris Hiltons of the world for being famous or famous making money for not producing anything of value that makes them money. I don’t believe in the cult of personality for fame or fames sake alone.  I think fame serves everyone if fames serve a purpose. The more of the purpose of it is not buying a big house or cars. I think the gratification comes serving each other, collective good, community, our family, friends, and greater circle. That is what I work for tirelessly everyday regardless if it is music, or art or words. Whatever it is, I think that if people adopted that sense of what is important generally people would prioritize what they value.  I come from that musical history where rock and roll music and people out in the streets to fight an unjust war, Vietnam for instance was by product for instance used for civil rights movement great rock and roll is a buy product of that, a vehicle for a message. And again I think that is missing in today’s music.  Of course there are band s that do that to a certain extent that like Rise and Rage and many others but not enough.  Music is so powerful, such a powerful deliverer of a message that cuts across everything. You have media they think are insulated from the truth and people are caught up in journalism and that are sold on that idea that is only what matters and defines you. And it is poisonous. Tend to care about ourselves and an optic view and music is an exception to that.

AAM- Thank for your time

GL- Your welcome and is my job.  I love talking about myself (Laughter).  I always ask what you think of my last record (laughter). AAM- I love it! For more info: Monster of Rock cruise:  monstersofrockcruise.com/ George Lynch: georgelynch.com/wordpress/ Lynch Mob (official) on Face Book. Rat Pak Records: ratpakrecordsamerica.com/enter.cfm