The brand new BULLETBOYS lineup, that includes singer Marq Torien, guitarist Ira Black (OF GODS & MONSTERS, LIZZY BORDEN, METAL CHURCH), bassist Brad Lang (Y&T, BURNING RAIN) and drummer Fred Aching (POWERFLO, BILLYBIO), will launch its first single, “Holy F*ck”, on Friday, June 24 through Rock Avenue Data USA. A behind-the-scenes take a look at the making of the tune’s accompanying music video is accessible under.
BULLETBOYS‘ newest lineup made its dwell debut in January at RokIsland Fest in Key West, Florida. Torien launched the brand new model of BULLETBOYS after the band’s unique lineup fell aside following a two-year reunion. Authentic bassist Lonnie Vencent failed to indicate up for a scheduled BULLETBOYS efficiency on the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California in December, forcing the gig to be canceled. Torien as a substitute delivered an acoustic set with Black. It was later introduced by guitarist Mick Sweda and drummer Jimmy D’Anda that they might not be returning to the band.
In January, Sweda mentioned his departure from BULLETBOYS in an interview with Waste Some Time With Jason Inexperienced. When requested if he knowledgeable Torien about his resolution to exit the group after BULLETBOYS‘ canceled live performance on the Whisky A Go Go, Mick mentioned: “I feel that [Marq] just about anticipated that that was gonna occur. Who’s to say that this wasn’t a part of a plan, at first, that on the first alternative he was going to discover a manner to return to having his subservient musicians taking part in. I do not know. It is laborious to say. And admittedly, it does not curiosity me in any respect at this level.
“Frankly, I really feel an enormous sense of aid and a way of weight lifted off my shoulders each time I go away this band [laughs], as a result of it may be nerve racking and abdomen churning,” he continued. “And there is no want for it in my life at this level. I’ve acquired loads of different issues I could possibly be doing. So that is what I will be doing.”
Sweda went on to say that he “at all times felt like” he “was spending extra time doing injury management” than he was having fun with his time as a member of BULLETBOYS.
“It is humorous, persons are, like, ‘Nicely, dude, simply go play music. Why cannot you guys simply get collectively and also you exit and have enjoyable and play music.’ Nicely, have been it really easy,” he added.
“The exhibits have been nice. We have been having a good time. Folks have been responding,” he mentioned. “It appeared like there was a possible for an upward trajectory. And as quickly as — and these aren’t my phrases; that is someone who’s very shut with us and observing it… It is, like, ‘Whenever you guys are in a room, all the pieces appears to be nice and also you’re having enjoyable. As quickly as all people will get aside, that is when the voices in individuals’s ears begin talking and the noise begins to have an impact. And, actually, that is the way in which it was — as quickly as we completed the gig, that is when all the pieces began to slip downhill.”
Sweda beforehand opened up about his departure from BULLETBOYS in an interview with “This That & The Different With Troy Patrick Farrell”. Talking about why the reunion of BULLETBOYS‘ unique lineup did not final greater than two years, Sweda mentioned: “You go into these items with what I would describe as hope nevertheless it’s type of certified hope. You recognize that there is a shelf life, you recognize that there is a ‘use by’ date, or no less than ‘finest use by’ date, and also you simply hope it does not come too quickly. And for me, frankly, it got here too quickly. I used to be actually wanting ahead to the yr and all of the exhibits we had booked and looking out ahead to going out and having a good time this summer time. We have been pondering that the [aborted] Whisky present [on December 16] could be one thing that might type of pull us collectively after a troublesome 2021 and one thing which may type of create bond that might carry over, and alas, that was to not be. We had a few guys that have been actually vital to the functioning of the band, specifically the supervisor and the drummer, that determined that they did not wanna transfer on and be part of it. So, primarily my resolution was made for me at that time.”
Concerning the private variations that finally triggered the reunited BULLETBOYS to collapse, Mick mentioned: “It’s extremely tough to clarify. I do know there’s loads of exterior noise, I do know that there are voices whispering in all people’s ear, and as soon as all people will get away from that buzz [from playing together], it begins to set in. I am not gonna converse for anyone else, however you begin questioning what’s occurring. And you then hear one thing occurred and someone did this or someone did that or mentioned this, and all of it simply begins manifesting on this… I suppose it is insecurity, I suppose it is mistrust. And for me, I’ve to have the ability to belief the blokes in my band; I’ve to have the ability to know that someone is not gonna go behind another person’s again and say one thing or do one thing. And that simply begins to dissipate, I suppose, with the time away. It is humorous — once you get again collectively, all of that simply type of subsides into the background as a result of there is a greater objective in thoughts and an even bigger image; you need to obtain that and you do not wanna let all people down. So it is simple to miss that. However there comes a time the place it simply feels prefer it’s poisonous and toxic, and no person wants that of their life, particularly at our age.”
Sweda went on to say that he has had no direct conversations with Torien since he made the choice to depart BULLETBOYS. “I did not have to talk with Marq,” he defined. “The way in which that performed out just about spoke volumes for me, and there was nothing else to be mentioned. My understanding is that he is already taking a look at placing collectively a bunch of fellows to exit and do there dates. My huge concern is that when individuals see Jimmy‘s image or see my image on the market, I simply need them to know that that isn’t gonna be the case they usually’re not gonna see the unique band. And there is no assure that that paintings and people pictures will not be on the market representing the gigs as such. So so long as all people is aware of what ticket they’re shopping for and what to anticipate, I am okay with that.”
When Sweda first mentioned his exit from BULLETBOYS throughout a January 3 Fb Dwell stream, he mentioned: “Previously, I do know it has been introduced up that anyone who is not in BULLETBOYS has stop on the followers. And which will or is probably not one thing you will hear in interviews or no matter. And belief me, it has nothing to do with quitting on followers and all the pieces to do with simply not eager to journey down a path that’s fraught with strife and mistrust and bitterness and all the pieces else.
“It is actually, at this level in our lives, crucial — no less than for me; I am going to converse for myself right here — that I simply take away all types of toxicity,” he defined. “And I am positive all of you perceive it simply cannot be part of my life anymore. And the truth that we have been all unique and having some good exhibits and having a good time taking part in the exhibits — there is no doubt about that; I had an exquisite time and I used to be wanting ahead to doing all of it of 2022 — however as soon as it will get to a degree the place it is toxic, you possibly can’t have it in your life…
“I am grateful that everyone understands, and I apologize to you. I used to be actually wanting ahead to this being a pleasant run, being a pleasant yr and discovering a option to make our manner by way of it. However that isn’t to be.”
The unique BULLETBOYS lineup made its dwell return in December 2019 with a sold-out efficiency on the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
Other than one present in 2011, unique BULLETBOYS members D’Anda, Sweda, bassist Lonnie Vencent and Torien had not carried out collectively since 1993.
BULLETBOYS shaped in 1988 on the very peak of the Los Angeles glam steel motion. As a group of proficient musicians, BULLETBOYS have been capable of shortly seize the eye of music followers world wide. In contrast to different rockers of the day, the BULLETBOYS possessed extra laborious rock-blues fusion than pure hair steel. Because of comparisons to the likes of AEROSMITH and VAN HALEN, expertise scouts got here working and the band shortly obtained their first main label contract.
BULLETBOYS‘ self-titled debut was launched in 1988 through Warner Bros. and peaked at quantity 34 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned two hit singles, a canopy of the O’JAYS basic “For The Love Of Cash” and “Easy Up in Ya”, each of which charted on the Mainstream Rock chart and noticed common airplay on MTV. BULLETBOYS went on to launch two extra albums, 1991’s “Freakshow” and 1993’s “Za-Za”, earlier than splitting up.