Skid Row’s forthcoming seven-song EP, RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY – UNITED WORLD REBELLION: CHAPTER TWO, is due out August 5 via Megaforce Records.
After a hiatus that started in 1996, SKID ROW returned to the big stage—literally–opening for KISS in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves. “When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce SKID ROW as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan. “We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of something better to do.”
2003’s THICKSKIN and 2006’s REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones. RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY – UNITED WORLD REBELLION: CHAPTER TWO is SKID ROW coming out swinging. Rachel and guitarist Snake Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band. Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge. “We seem to be at our best when we’re faced with adversity. It’s us against the world again–and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the SKID ROW torch without fail.”
New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it’s a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs. “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.”
That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake. “The pressure seemed to be lifted. That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting.”
Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability. “The third time in the studio as the voice of SKID ROW was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks. RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY – UNITED WORLD REBELLION: CHAPTER TWO is the most meaningful work I’ve done with the band. It’s definitely the most I’ve been challenged, vocally.”
That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but SKID ROW never really grew up. RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY – UNITED WORLD REBELLION: CHAPTER TWO is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline.
Here’s the track listing:
We Are The Damned
Give It The Gun
Catch Your Fall
Sheer Heart Attack
Rats In The Cellar