“Goin’ Down With The Ship”, the new video from former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe, can be seen below. The song is taken from Monroe’s latest studio album, “Blackout States”, which was released in October 2015 via Spinefarm Records. The 13-track follow-up to 2013’s “Horns And Halos” was produced by Chips Kiesbye (HELLACOPTERS, NOMADS) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland.
Comments Monroe: “The song is not necessarily about sailing or seamanship as such. It’s basically about us getting on the tour bus and hitting the road with our band.
“Ville Juurikkala, who shot the videos for ‘Ballad Of The Lower East Side’, ‘Stained Glass Heart’ and ‘Old King’s Road’, has done this new one too. It was pretty easy to make, and includes some footage shot by us, the band, while we were on tour. I think the video has a good vibe and we’re all happy with the way it turned out.”
With “Blackout States”, Monroe’s current touring and recording outfit — comprised of bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-HANOI ROCKS, NEW YORK DOLLS), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-NEW YORK DOLLS, COMPANY OF WOLVES), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-BLACK HALOS, AMEN), and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-CHELSEA SMILES, DANZIG) — provided strong creative support for a groundbreaking artist whose reputation continues to flourish. Many of rock’s most noted performers, including Dave Grohl and Slash, have cited Monroe’s unwavering drive and three-decade-plus career as a genuine source of inspiration.
As with “Horns And Halos”, the new recordings see Monroe both toasting the future and honoring the past, occasionally giving the nod to glam punk pioneers HANOI ROCKS, the group with which he forged his name in the early-to mid-’80s.
Said Monroe: “I’m extremely excited about our new album, ‘Blackout States’. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock ‘n’ roll record: strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend ‘Blackout States’ to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll at its best sounds like today.”