For the best part of the last decade Phil Lewis has been fighting to keep his version of LA Guns as the one true band. It is clear from this interview the lead singer is not amused by his ex-bandmate guitarist Tracii Guns launching his own band under the same name with, it has to be said, often disastrous results.
But Phil Lewis is not a man who dwells on whatâ€™s passed. With new album Hollywood Forever due for release in early June in the U.S, he is excited to show the world once again that his is the only LA Guns worth listening to. With the first single from the album, â€œYou Better Not Love Me,â€ it is immediately clear that Lewis and his merry band of rockers will smash any obstacles placed in front them.
The band will release Hollywood Forever on CD, but in the age where download is king, they have also taken the step of releasing the album on vinyl.
Geeks of Doom: What made you go for a vinyl release?
Phil Lewis: Well weâ€™re influenced heavily, well certainly me and Steve [Riley, drums] anyway, very influenced by the â€˜70s. When we grew up the format the music we were listening to was on vinyl. Actually sounds better than CDs and infinitely better than MP3s…with the vinyl you get the nice big artwork and the fold gatesleeve and all the sleeve notes and so it looks really, really good on a 12-inch frame. It looks awesome and it will sound good. Unfortunately you canâ€™t put as much music on vinyl as you can on CD, so itâ€™s gonna be like side A and side B. Think itâ€™s like 20 minutes each side so we had to cull a few of the songs for the vinyl. But yeah, turned out great.
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