In a brand new interview with Robert Cavuoto of Sonic Views, TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon was requested if DEF LEPPARD‘s Phil Collen, who produced TESLA‘s newest album, 2019’s “Shock”, will return to helm the band’s follow-up effort. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The ‘Shock’ album that Phil did, they labored actually onerous on that. Once I say ‘they,’ I am speaking about Phil Collen and Brian Wheat, our bass participant. Man, they actually labored onerous on the album. It was a collaboration. Phil wrote many of the songs. And a few folks thought it was a terrific album and different folks did not prefer it. However we gave it a shot. However any more… Brian and I had a dialogue… Brian and I are the founding members of the band TESLA, together with Jeff Keith. And we determined any more, we’re gonna write and produce our personal music. We labored with sufficient producers — we have had producers coming and going our complete profession — so any more, at our age, we’re gonna produce our personal music. And we’re really producing a model new single that is gonna come out subsequent month, and it is frickin’ rocking. I am actually enthusiastic about it.
“The most effective factor about producing ourselves is it is imperfect and it is edgy and it is bought the warts and the whole lot and it is as actual as it may be as a result of it is us. We’re not technicians the place we all know find out how to make issues excellent.
“[TESLA‘s latest single, 2021’s] ‘Chilly Blue Metal’, we produced it ourselves, and this new tune — it is known as ‘Time To Rock’ — I have been producing it and dealing on it for about two months. And it will in the end get placed on a self-produced album.”
Requested if TESLA will proceed to concentrate on releasing particular person singles earlier than dropping one other full-length album, Hannon stated: “Yeah, we’re gonna put out singles after singles and simply concentrate on one tune at a time, man, and rock that tune.
“What occurs is whenever you’re younger, man, you may write 10 songs and frickin’ put out an album yearly, however as you grow old, like we at the moment are, it is not as straightforward to do this,” he defined. “So you find yourself sacrificing high quality for amount, and we do not wanna try this. Why put out 10 songs which might be simply in a rush after we can spend our time and simply create singles that we’re actual happy with. And this one subsequent one, I am telling you, Jeff Keith and I are actually enthusiastic about it, ‘trigger he and I wrote it on the street final yr and I bought the band to place it collectively. I have been chipping away on it within the studio producing it, and I am on the point of produce a video for it this weekend. It is known as ‘Time To Rock’, and it does rock.”
This previous March, TESLA launched the official lyric video for “Chilly Blue Metal”. The clip, directed by Brandon Gullion and produced by Hannon, is uncooked and excessive electrical vitality that takes followers again to the roots of TESLA.
Initially launched final August, “Chilly Blue Metal” was the primary TESLA tune to ever be produced by the bandmembers themselves.
Final December, Hannon advised Let’s Rock that the lyrics to “Chilly Blue Metal” have been partially misinterpreted by some followers.
“We have been getting quite a lot of flak from folks that solely hear the couple of verses within the tune, pondering it is about gun management,” he stated. “And in a means it’s, however, actually, it is a lot deeper than that, the lyrics. We attempt to undoubtedly not take sides and be political however we wanna sing a few scenario. One thing like what we did with ‘Fashionable Day Cowboy’ within the ’80s; we sang about overseas lands and terrorist calls for and ‘bang bang, shoot ’em up’ and the way that perspective was nonetheless occurring on the earth at the moment, being a gunfighter, cowboy scenario, however we’re not pointing fingers. And that is the identical means with this tune, however some folks solely hear components of it and have been giving us some shit about it. However for those who hearken to the lyrics, it is asking a query, ‘What’s in charge? Let’s get actual.’ And the tune is basically about folks that you simply give ’em an inch, they take a mile — whether or not it is a politician, whether or not it is a criminal, whether or not it is a police officer. And we help our police.”
He added: “There’s evil intentions in all components of life, and that is what the tune is basically about — simply observing and asking the query, ‘What’s in charge?’ It is not speaking about ‘take away weapons’ or any of that shit. Nevertheless it began off simply being a enjoyable poke at Ronnie Van Zant. That final lyric within the tune, ‘Similar to Ronnie stated, ‘Let’s dump ’em to the underside of the ocean,’ that is the place the tune began for enjoyable. After which we took it and tried to make it a little bit bit extra severe.”
Final September, TESLA drummer Troy Luccketta introduced that he would “take a while from the street” to spend with household and buddies. He’s being changed at TESLA‘s gigs by Steve Brown, the youthful brother of former DOKKEN drummer Mick Brown.
Frank Hannon – guitar
Brian Wheat – bass
Jeff Keith – lead vocals
Dave Impolite – guitar
Steve Brown – drums