WARRANT guitarist Joey Allen was interviewed by Screamer Magazine at this year’s NAMM show, which was held at the end of January in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about the progress of the songwriting sessions for WARRANT’s follow-up to 2011’s “Rockaholic” album, Joey said: “We’re writing. Five songs are demoed.
“It’s great. We’ve got a title for the new disc — a tentative title — which I won’t talk about. It’s got to do with lips and something you can taste — something like that. It’s very tongue-in-cheek WARRANT.”
He added: “But, yeah, the music sounds great. [Robert] Mason [vocals] sounds great. So we’re just in that mode where we had some downtime in between gigs to where we’re doing it. So hopefully [we’ll have it out] sometime mid-summer, maybe.”
Allen also talked in more detail about the actual music-composition process. He said: “Really, my role is just to write, give ideas to the band. If something I write makes it to the next stage, which is where Robert writes lyrics to it, or Jerry [Dixon, bass] or Erik [Turner, guitar] puts something on to it, then we demo it. That’s where that writing process ends. And then, if somebody writes a song and brings it in, I might help with guitar parts, obviously, and that process, and then when we record it, that’s when I really do what I need to do.”
He added: “We’re all getting along great, enjoying it, so the music sounds great.”
According to Joey, the next WARRANT will likely be released through Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian label that issued “Rockaholic”. He said: “We’ve got a deal there, so for all intents and purposes, that’s what I understand, yeah.”
At the helm for “Rockaholic” was mega-producer Keith Olsen (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, SCORPIONS), while the mixing duties were handled by Pat Regan (KISS, DEEP PURPLE, TED NUGENT).
Former WARRANT singer Jani Lane suffered from “acute ethanol poisoning” when he died in August 2011 at a Comfort Inn motel room in Woodland Hills, California. The singer had battled alcoholism for years and also had a history of alcohol-related arrests.
Lane originally left WARRANT in March 1993 but rejoined the band in September 1994. The group went on to record the “Ultraphobic” (1995), “Belly To Belly” (1996) and “Greatest & Latest” (1999) albums and issued and collection of covers, “Under The Influence”, in 2001. Jani quit WARRANT again in 2004 before reuniting with the group four years later.