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Daisies Are Set To ‘Burn It Down’

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Daisies Are Set To ‘Burn It Down’
Burn It Down, out April 6

They are a part of the genre known collectively as “new classic rock,” according to rhythm guitarist, businessman, and band founder David Lowy. And if The Dead Daisies’ new disc Burn It Down, out April 6, is any indication, the self-appointed label couldn’t be more veracious.

From the blazing, opening chords of “Resurrected,” masterfully played by guitar virtuoso and Whitesnake alumni Doug Aldrich, to the record’s rousing title track, a deliciously funky ode to self-destruction, to the album’s most ambitious tune, the muscular “Leave Me Alone,” which brilliantly stands out with its unusual time signature, The Daisies’ fourth studio record is arguably their best, seemingly extracting the finest elements from their previous three offerings.

“We were more focused on this album regarding what we wanted to accomplish direction-wise,” reflected Aldrich, in a conversation between the band and Royal Flush. “We did a good job with the last record, but we didn’t want to just make Make Some Noise, Part Two. We also didn’t have a ballad on the last album like we do on this one and we’ve added different textures to the songs this time,” he continued.

The sole ballad, “Set Me Free,” displays another layer to the band that beautifully shows off ex-Motley Crue lead singer John Corabi’s undeniable instrument – his trademark, throaty voice. But make no mistake about it. The slowed down love song is an anomaly. Burn It Down is, simply put, a raw, in-your-face, balls-to-the-wall, rock record.

Marco Mendoza (left) and David Lowy

For the groups’ newest member, former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, the heavy aspect of the finished product suited him just fine. “For me, it’s going back to my roots as a hard rock drummer,” Castronovo enthused. “Being in Journey for 17 years was a great gig, a dream come true. They were the soundtrack to my teen years. But I’m a hard rock player at heart. So now I’m busting sticks and breaking snare heads.”

Longtime bassist Marco Mendoza, recently a member of the reformed Thin Lizzy lineup and second in seniority only to Lowy, agrees with his bandmate. And according to the avid outdoorsman, a huge reason for the heavier quality can be traced back to accomplished producer Marti Frederiksen, who initially worked with the band on Make Some Noise. “We made a conscious decision to get heavier and darker, and Marti was a big part of that. He’s been so influential in where we go and how we get there. He can do anything,” Mendoza proclaimed.

The anthemic “Rise Up,” the first single off the record, is a blustery, face-melting assault on the senses that could undoubtedly act as the quintessential set opener on the outfit’s upcoming world tour. “It makes a great statement, lyrically and musically. It’s a very powerful tune,” Castronovo said. “It’s very Sabbath, and it’ll definitely be a good way for us to come out and wake the fans up,” he joked.

The Dead Daisies are (left to right): Marco Mendoza, David Lowy, John Corabi, Deen Castronovo, and Doug Aldrich

Keeping with Daisies tradition of sprinkling in a couple of familiar cover tunes in their work, The Rolling Stones’ “Bitch” and The Beatles’ “Revolution” get the makeover treatment this time around, and both stay true enough to their classic core while still managing to keep just enough of the band’s own flavor.

In an era in which droves of rock lovers have opined that “rock is dead,” The Dead Daisies are actively proving that statement to be false. And while their music is available on iTunes and other streaming platforms, don’t expect them to follow the latest trend of abandoning the creation of tangible CDs. “Fans still love the physical discs, “ Lowy maintained. “And we want to give the fans what they want. It’s a privilege to be able to do what we do.”

Click here to purchase Burn It Down.

Click here for The Dead Daisies’ tour dates.