Persbericht, 26 november 2021
Paul Gilbert’s nieuwe studio album ”TWAS’ is vandaag uit op CD en digitaal, via The Players Club / Mascot Label Group. De LP volgt op 10 december. Gilbert’s 17e soloalbum bevat naast vele kerstklassiekers ook twee door hemzelf geschreven nummers.
Vandaag presenteerd Gilbert een nieuwe muziekvideo voor ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’, bekijk deze onder dit bericht. Gilbert deelt: “The song starts with my most manic guitar trill. The band follows me as I bounce back and forth between freshly baked blues-rock riffs, and the classic “We Wish You” melody, all played through a swirling flanger. As we reach the 4 minute mark, my brain runs out of ideas, which is when the guitar solo really goes into full gear. Good tidings we have brought. Figgy pudding! Or at least rock and roll. Don’t go, until you get some! Merry Christmas!”
“Many will agree that in recent times, challenging events have been pouring down upon our heads like an Exploding Waterfall of Molasses. At least it sometimes feels like that to me. But while I was jamming Christmas songs with my friends, playing an assortment of red, green, and white Ibanez electric guitars, I felt like life was THE BEST. I hope that this music can put a smile on your face as well. Merry Christmas to all. And to all, a good night,”, verteld Gilbert.
De track listing bevat “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “The Christmas Song,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Every Christmas Has Love” (original), “Three Strings For Christmas” (original), “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” en “Winter Wonderland.” Op de Japanse release van ‘TWAS staat ook de bonus track “Down the Chimney Blues” (original).
Gilbert verteld, “Ten of the songs are classics. I was inspired by the Christmas recordings of Nat King Cole, Loretta Lynn, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Ventures. And of course, inspiration came from my guitar heroes, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Pat Travers, Jimi Hendrix, and Jimmy Page, to name a few. I also wrote some of my own new Christmas songs. As I have been doing recently, I begin with lyrics and a melody. Then I let my guitar take over, as it sings better than I do.”
Hij vervolgt, “‘Three Strings for Christmas’ refers to the 3-string guitar that I used on my double-neck. I tune the strings in octaves, which allows me to play ridiculously fast arpeggios, and very little else (which is why I have a normally strung guitar for the other neck.) ‘Every Christmas Has Love’ was written quickly, inspired by my panic-driven mental state of album making. When I know that the recording sessions are coming, my brain shifts into survival mode, and melodies start popping out. Then I take all the chords I learned by listening to 70s AM radio, and build a song. The lyrics are nice too. I’ll be printing those in the liner notes of the album.”
Gilbert vormde voor deze sessies een band van Portland, Oregon’s beste jazz- en blues muzikanten. De muzikanten zijn Dan Balmer (gitaar), Clay Giberson (keyboards), Timmer Blakely (bas) en Jimi Bott (drums). Hij reflecteert: “All brought supreme musical goodness to these arrangements and performances. They certainly steered me to make wiser musical choices than I would have made on my own. And as you will hear, my metal guitar instincts still breathe fire when they get the chance.” Het album is opgenomen in de studio van Jimi Bott, die ook de opnamen heeft gemaakt en verantwoordelijk was voor de mix. De insteek was om zes dagen lang elke dag twee nummers op te nemen en dan het verzamelde oeuvre af te leveren.
Gilbert deelt, “All songs were recorded live, although I think Jimi snuck some cowbell overdubs in. If anything should be added to a live track, I believe cowbell is the right choice.”