The New Czars Are Coming
Members of The New Czars have worked with influential musicians across the music spectrum: Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Bootsy Collins, Buckethead, Reeves Gabrels, Bruce Dickinson, Puddle of Mudd, Courtney Love, Pink, and others.
Now it's time for the band--singer/guitarist Greg Hampton, bassist Paul Ill and drummer David "Chilli" Moreno--to do things on their own terms.
Produced by Hampton, Doomsday Revolution also includes contributions on the six-string by Adrian Belew. "His sensibilities for progressive and weird music and bizarre pop stuff are certainly on par with my thinking," beams Hampton about the living legend. "I rang him up and we decided that he would contribute some things to it."
According to Chilli, the sessions were "A lot of fun. Greg let us do what felt would work for the parts, and let us tear it up as well. I can't complain. A lot of producers don't let you set up more than a four piece kit and a couple of crashes, which is fine for the right application. But this was balls-to-the-walls rock & roll. Keith Moon meets John Bonham with Christoph Schneider, combo 1 super-sized!"
About the formation of The New Czars, Hampton explains, "It came about when I finished Alice Cooper's Along Came A Spider, Lita Ford's Wicked Wonderland and Science Faxtion's L.O.A.F. albums. Over the course of recording those three releases back to back, unique ideas started materializing. I had become closer friends with the owner of Samson Records, who like me, has very eclectic tastes in music. I had originally anticipated them being more soundtrack-type instrumental songs, but the progressive ones took their own direction musically--with some of the things I had envisioned. I actually approached Paul Ill first, before I approached anybody, because I wanted to do something that would be more progressive. Even though Paul has played and written with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Courtney Love, etc, he is extremely versatile and that guy can go toe to toe with the heaviest rockers."
A consistent record from front to back, several specific tracks stand out for Hampton. "I really like the stuff we cut with Chilli and Paul together: 'Time Stops' and 'Don't Watch Me.' On some of the instrumentals, I was able to stretch out on my guitar playing. 'Desperate' was a real challenge, because originally, it was a sprawling seven-minute piece, and I had to edit it so it was cohesive. That was probably the most difficult instrumental to turn into a song with vocals, but it really turned out to be one of my favorite songs."