Ratt preparing ‘real hardcore’ record
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy says the band are aiming to release their tenth album this year, to tie in with their 30th anniversary.
And with the help of guitarist Warren DeMartini he’s trying to ensure that the follow-up to 2010′s well-received Infestation retains the feel of the glam metal band’s early material.
Pearcy tells Noize In The Attic: “Warren and I are spearheading the next record to be what it should be: a more Out Of The Cellar thing. Just real hardcore, basically.
“We’ve already recorded one track – and if this song is the only song ever released, I’d be way happy. We have so much good music we haven’t even tapped into. It’s good stuff.”
The vocalist says they’ve already hired a producer for recording sessions, which are due to commence in the next few months. “We’re trying not to do shows, even though there are some on the books,” he says. “We want a record out – that’s what we want. Our thirtieth anniversary and our tenth record.”
Ratt’s path to their next album has been plagued with the kind of political struggles fans have come to accept. In 2011 former bassist Juan Croucier accused them of poaching guitarist Carlos Cavazo from his band in order to get at him – then later rejoined himself.
In the same year drummer Bobby Blotzer described working with Ratt as like “rolling a snowball uphill” after having blasted his bandmates in his autobiography. Last year Pearcy said he’d learned lessons from Blotzer’s experience and didn’t hold any grudge over the contents of his book, saying: “We’re not the only band in history who were dysfunctional. Eventually and hopefully, you get your shit together and you grow up.”