Michael Poulsen from Volbeat on his next album: “There are a lot of guitars and a lot of riffs”
In a new interview with 104.9 The wolf, VOLBEAT guitarist / singer Michael poulsen talked about the writing sessions for the group follow-up to 2019 “Flip, Play Again, Bounce” LP. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “This new album is finished and ready since December. We recorded a full album with a lot of additional material. The whole album is ready – ready to go – and will be released later this year, with tons of bonuses. So we’ve been busy. We just thought that instead of being at home doing nothing, let’s go into the studio and do a few songs. And I was really quick to write a new album. Then when the pandemic will be over, let’s go on tour so we don’t have to think about it – go home and record something. We can just keep playing shows. ”What we didn’t know was that the pandemic was going to [last so long]. And it only took me three months to write the material, and it only took us three and a half weeks to record it. So we were like, ‘Okay, we’re good to go.’ But it takes time with this COVID situation. But the record has been made for a very long time. “
Regarding the musical direction of the new VOLBEAT the album and how it compares to the band’s recently released songs “Wait a minute girl” and “Dagen Fûr”, Michael said: “We just thought it was time to release a single in the summer. We thought people needed positive energy, light, uptemp rock and roll. And ‘Wait a minute girl’ was the first single we released. It’s a purely rock and roll song where we definitely took inspiration from Little Richard and Jerry lee lewis, a little of Elvis Presley and RAMONES. And he just has that summer feeling. It doesn’t really represent the rest of the album, because, I’m telling you, the rest of the album is probably the heaviest album we’ve ever done in the VOLBEAT career. But this one stands out like pure rock and roller. “
Poulsen said he brings a new song to rehearsal whenever he and his bandmates get together for their bi-weekly sessions. “It just went extremely fast,” he said. “And I was so inspired because I did a lot of podcast interviews about how VOLBEAT started and how was our style. And I just think it brought some of the really, really heavy stuff back into the VOLBEAT the music. So there aren’t that many layers this time around; it’s straight from the hip, straight from the bone. There are a lot of guitars and a lot of riffs. It brings you back to the old BLACK SABBATH with [Ronnie James] Dio, early METALLIC, even inspirations from old-school death metal. And then we have some songs that take you in the direction of ‘Wait a minute girl’ or I would even say a little more psychobilly atmosphere like THE CRAMPS – something like that.”
“Wait a minute girl” includes a saxophonist Doug Corcoran and pianist Raynier Jacob Jacildo, who both play with JD McPherson‘s band and has already played with VOLBEAT over the years 2019 “Die to live (feat. Neil Fallon)”. Singer Mia maja, who has been working with the group since “Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie”, also appears on the choirs. “Dagen Fûr” features guest voices of a Danish artist Stine bramsen, who is known for her solo work as well as being a member of the band ALPHABEAT. The song, in the tradition of “The tale of the garden”, “Maybe I Hofteholder” and “For Evigt”, contains both English and Danish lyrics, and marks the first released song that features Stine sing in her native Danish.
Last month, VOLBEAT announced their first headlining shows in nearly two years. Punctuated by festival appearances at Rebel rock (Orlando, Florida: September 23, 2021) and Replica festival (Sacramento, CA: October 8, 2021), the eight-date series will see the group come to cities like Atlanta, San Diego and Los Angeles. Special guests THE HU, TWIN TEMPLE and MUNICIPAL WASTE will join them for certain dates.
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