“Fire”, the new video from THE WINERY DOGS — the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON) — can be seen below. The clip was directed by Steve Lyon and features performance and behind-the-scenes footage along with ethereal images of a woman on a beach in Thailand. It also includes clips of Kotzen in New York’s Times Square with an acoustic guitar.
“Fire” is taken from THE WINERY DOGS‘ sophomore album, “Hot Streak”, which debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 13,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8.
“Hot Streak” was released on October 2 in North America on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC.
Regarding “Fire”, which was initially called “Last Chance”, Kotzen told Billboard.com: “It’s an idea I had floating around for awhile. When we were writing for [‘Hot Streak’], I remember sitting around with the guys an playing the chord changes and kinda humming the melody. Billy and Mike made some really great suggestions for the arrangement and I went and took it and wrote some words for it, and we cut the song.”
“Hot Streak” shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire”. If these three DOGS thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, “Hot Streak” barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explained Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward.”
Portnoy added: “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.”
“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” Sheehan concluded. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise, you don’t grow.”