Fan-filmed video footage of RATT singer Stephen Pearcy and his solo band performing on April 13 at the Proof Rooftop Lounge in Houston, Texas can be seen below.
Stephen‘s fourth solo album, “Smash”, was released on January 27 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Speaking about the songwriting process for his solo material, Pearcy told Music Existence: “RATT‘s music is its own entity and animal, and it has its own schematics. With my solo stuff, I tend to do whatever I like — an acoustic song, a really heavy song — and go places and talk about things that I want to. It’s my freedom of speech. That’s one thing I like about it, and I’m always writing, so what else can I do, you know? Just try to get it out and get it heard! I don’t care if it sells ten million or nil million; it’s just what I do. You do the best that you can.”
Pearcy also talked in more detail about the musical inspiration for “Smash”, saying: “It’s just my guitar player Erik [Ferentinos], who I co-wrote most of the stuff with. We’d just come up with songs and take them through a journey. That’s pretty much how it happens. I don’t think about anything. If it sounds like something that’s an influence, and if it’s a good one, that’s even better! I don’t really think about emulating anybody; it’s more of an influential thing that just came out. That’s a compliment to both of us, how I respect them. And I’m sure they’d say, ‘Woah, that sounds pretty good!’ But that’s about it — the light and the dark of the things, you know?”
He continued: “I wanted this record to be diverse. The subject matter’s very different than what was expected, and what would be expected. And there’s some personal stuff in there — a song I wrote for my daughter, ‘Rain’. I’m able to do whatever I want with my solo stuff, so this is what you get.”
Stephen will be supporting “Smash” with live dates in the U.S. and internationally.
“It took long enough to finish the new record ‘Smash’ and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next,” said Pearcy. “Erik Ferentinos (lead guitarist and co-writer), Greg D’Angelo (drummer) and Matt Thorne (bassist, keyboardist) and myself didn’t settle on any first, second or third takes. We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We’re very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs.”