BW&BK recently received confirmation from Brighton Rock frontman Gerry McGhee that the band will be releasing a new studio album. According to McGhee, "The new CD is a go, we are planning writing right now."
Following is an excerpt from a recent interview with McGhgee:
Brighton Rock called it quits in 1991 and reunited in 2002. It’s a partnership that’s remained intact ever since, albeit for doing shows once in a while if the mood or the situation calls for it. There’s always been a healthy amount of babble amongst the fans pushing for a full blown album / tour return, but since the birth of FRAZE GANG – featuring guitarist Greg Fraser and bassist Stevie Skreebs – and the band’s appearance at Carl Dixon’s benefit show in Toronto in October 2008 it’s become an insistent pounding on the door. Their recent performance at Firefest 2012 dumped more fuel on the fire.
“I think what’s really brought it to the forefront are things like Facebook and YouTube,” McGhee says of the push to get back to business. “That’s kind of rejuvenated a lot of it, because a lot of people that maybe never saw us or only read about us are getting into it. Somebody posted a home made lyric video for ‘Still The One’ and one lyric was wrong, so I just sent a post telling them that, and they told me they got the lyrics off the band’s website. I asked, ‘Where are you?’ and they told me ‘Mexico City.’ (laughs). We never played Mexico City – I don’t even know if we were released in Mexico – but that’s the thing that has rejuvenated it. But, because I deal with labels every day, I know that on a large scale the foundations of the days of building artists up are gone. They’re never coming back.”
“Labels won’t put their support behind bands anymore. A lot of the new stuff that’s out there, none of these guys play lead guitar and half of them can’t sing. If I take my kids, who are in their mid-20s now, to see KISS I tell them that this is what a show is, this is what it was all about in the ’80s. There was melody in the songs. I think a lot of people my age who were involved in that era realize now when they sit back that although it got slagged so bad, the ’80s was probably the fucking music industry at it’s peak.”
McGhee has since confirmed that Brighton Rock is in the process of writing songs for a new album. Some folks will roll their eyes in dismay, taking up the mantra that hair metal is dead, but the number of unique hits bands like MÖTLEY CRÜE, W.A.S.P., POISON or RATT get on daily BW&BK news posts – which is only one example – says different. There’s still a core audience that gives a damn, even if they do have families and mortgages to worry about.
“You look at guys like Mötley Crüe and Poison and TESLA and all those guys that are still doing it,” he points out. “Twenty-five years later and they’re out there playing stadiums. They’re not selling records the way they used to, but nobody is unless it’s a pop hit or one hit wonder thing that goes away. I think as we get older the kids will start to… they live in such a digital reuse / reduce / recycle world that I think there’s more of an attraction to nostalgia. I think the ’70s was a big nostalgia clip for the ’50s, and I think you’re going to see it with the ’80s judging by what I see from my kids and their friends. They hear METALLICA’s coming to town and they lose their lid.”
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Fan-filmed video of Brighton Rock performing at the sold out Firefest 2012 - which took place October 19th – 21st at Rock City in Nottingham, UK - has surfaced on YouTube and is available below: