Sebastian Bach Blasts Skid Row, Perseveres With New Solo Album
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When Sebastian Bach opens his mouth, one of two things happens: Either a flood of high-pitched melodies pour out to accompany one of his uncompromisingly multifaceted metal tunes, new or old; or else he says something that inevitably makes someone angry.
"I can’t help it," the 45-year-old solo artist and former Skid Row frontman tells Yahoo Music. "I don't censor what I say and I always end up in trouble, but I don't f---ing care. I go on my Twitter feed and I read things like [January 24] was the 25th anniversary of the release date of the first Skid Row album, and Skid Row doesn't give a f---. I would love to do something to celebrate it, and my former bandmates are like, 'Nah, we’re playing a bowling alley. We're happy. We don’t care.'"
Eighteen years after Bach left Skid Row due to musical and personal differences, not being able to reunite and reignite the band's engine is still a thorn in his side. Not only is the band, which has featured vocalist Johnny Solinger for the last 14 years, uninterested in celebrating its beginnings, but the members are determined not to work with Bach onstage, for a boxed set or on a collection of previously unreleased material.
In a recent interview with Spotlight Report, Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan told a journalist that answering questions about the possibility of working with Bach again is "a waste of time."
"There’s a lot of unreleased material sitting around collecting dust," Bach gripes. "The fans would love it, but I guess my band is allergic to cash. They’re happy not being big. It’s such an insult to the millions of people who dug our albums. It’s like saying, 'We were just joking [back then]. Happy anniversary!'"
In the absence of a Skid Row reunion, fans of melodic, aggressive metal should be happy with Bach's third solo album, "Give 'Em Hell" (out April 22), his most energized and musically cohesive release since leaving the Skids.
“When I press play and listen to 'Give 'Em Hell,' it kicks my f---in' a--!” he says in a hyperbolic way that only he can pull off without sounding silly. “All I want to do is give the fans more of what they want and what they expect. I don’t see how a fan could dig [Skid Row’s] 'Slave to the Grind' and not like the album I've just made.”
Unlike some of his past work, "Give 'Em Hell" was truly a collaborative effort. Instead of recruiting a bunch of musicians to play songs he wrote, Bach invited Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) John 5 (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson), and Steve Stevens (The Cult, ex-Billy Idol) to construct the tunes with him. McKagan was the first to accept the invitation when Bach approached him at a festival in Australia. "I said to Duff, 'Do you want to do some songs with me?'" recalls Bach. "He said, 'What kind of songs?' And I said, 'Rude. Just f---in’ rude.' And he goes, 'Baz, I can do dirty!' Then we both started laughing. He gave me the song 'Harmony,' and I couldn't believe how cool those riffs are. It sounds like Guns N' Roses meets Skid Row, because that’s what it is!"
Another highlight of "Give 'Em Hell" is "Temptation," which John 5 submitted along with three other songs. The track features dive-bombing guitars, a pulsing beat, and vocals that see-saw between shrill and seductive.