Metal Wani’s William Richards recently conducted an interview with STEEL PANTHER frontman Michael Starr. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the progress of the songwriting sessions for STEEL PANTHER’s follow-up to 2014’s “All You Can Eat” album:
Starr: “It’s going good, man. I think we’ve already picked the songs to record. So we’re going into the studio right before we come out to Australia, actually, to record the basic tracks, which is the drums and the bass. And then, when we’re done doing that, we’re gonna go to Australia, do the tour, and then come back and we start doing guitars and then vocals, and we’re hoping to have it out by October.”
On the musical and lyrical direction of STEEL PANTER’s new material:
Starr: “As far as the record is concerned, the music content, it’s completely different. I mean, we’re singing about completely different shit; we’re singing about fucking bitches and partying now. We just wanna change it up. ‘Cause we were talking partying and fucking bitches [before], but now we’re talking about fucking bitches and partying — just in a different order.”
On GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose singing for AC/DC:
Starr: “[it’s] pretty fucking awesome, I think. I mean, who’s gonna sound more like fucking Brian Johnson than Axl Rose? Think about it. They’re, like, the same register, same key, same tone. And it’s Axl. That’s fucking pretty cool when you have two heavenly heavy metal bands joining forces. It’s like two continents coming together for one big heavy metal baby. As long as he shows up. If he shows up, he goes on time, and he stops eating before the show, it should be great.”
“Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage”, STEEL PANTHER’s first full-length film featuring a live ten-song acoustic concert interspersed with comedic vignettes showcasing the band’s unmatched shenanigans and debauchery, was released on February 26 on CD and CD/DVD by Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services.