LIVING COLOUR vocalist Corey Glover recently spoke with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 about ULTRAPHONIX, his new project with guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB, KXM). The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On "Original Human Music", the debut album by ULTRAPHONIX:
Corey: "I love these songs. These songs are very, very interesting, and a very interesting take on a bunch of stuff. You hear it from me or from George or from Pancho [Tomaselli, bass] or from Chris [Moore, drums], but the combination of the four of us getting together and making it happen sounds very unique. We didn't want to make cookie-cutter kind of music. Not to knock it, [but] we didn't want to make a DOKKEN record. We didn't want to make a LIVING COLOUR record. We wanted to make something that sort of paid homage to that and moved beyond it."
On the project's origins:
Corey: "A friend of ours — a mutual friend of the whole band, Leisa Balfour, who's a stylist, actually. She works with a lot of bands, and George, Pancho and Chris were talking about starting a project. Leisa said, 'Why don't you call Corey?' They did, and here I am. I had never met George before. I think [we arrived with] the intention of making an album — 'Let's write some songs and record some songs and see what happens.' Fortunately, they came out really well, and the more we wrote, the better we got and the more excited we got, the more we wanted to write, the more we wanted to record, the more we wanted to hear what was coming up next. It was fun."
On how recording with ULTRAPHONIX differed from his previous studio experiences:
Corey: "A LIVING COLOUR album takes time. A LIVING COLOUR album takes some meticulous working on one's individual craft that can't be denied in order to make a record. My solo projects take time because I have no time [laughs], because I have too much to do. This was a much easier process than I've ever been a part of, and I really appreciate [that]. Because we were on different coasts — I'm in New York and they're in California — it was a matter of logistics, getting me to L.A. so that we could all be in the same room together to write and record. Over a couple months, we got a whole record done, relatively quickly. Quickly for me, [since] some people can spend the weekend and come up with a brilliant album. It took us about three months, and we came up with something really, really good. It was so much fun, and I can't wait to make another one."
Corey: "I think he's got his technique dialed in that's amazing to watch, amazing to hear him do it as he's processing and watch him processing it. That's the great thing about most guitar players — they're very cerebral people, and they've very in their own heads, and whatever comes out of their heads on to their hands and into the guitar, it's always fascinating to be a part of."
On whether the band will tour:
Corey: "Absolutely. As soon as we can get our schedules together, we will definitely make that happen."
On his lyrical inspirations:
Corey: "The politics of personality is what I talk about — that, despite all the craziness that goes on the world, you still have to live in it. Despite your political leanings or your socio- leanings or your economic ideas, you still have to exist — you still have to get up in the morning and do your job. You still have to pay the rent, the mortgage, the phone bill, the light bill. You still have to make sure that your children are safe. You still have to do all this stuff despite what you see on the news, and despite how you're feeling. You've still got to keep moving."
"Original Human Music" was released August 3 via earMUSIC. The disc was co-produced by Bob Daspit (SAMMY HAGAR) and displays the magic match between Glover's iconic voice and Lynch's unique style on the guitar.