Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it's all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as CALIFORNIA BREED, and you have the most exciting new band of 2014, built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer Andrew Watt.
Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, this powerful three-piece band will release their self-titled debut album in the UK on Monday May 19th on Frontiers Records. The album is produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Lindi Ortega, Shooter Jennings).
Look out for future announcements on the band at www.californiabreed.com.
CALIFORNIA BREED was recorded at Cobb’s Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. "It’s proper rock," Hughes told Classic Rock Magazine - "but at the same time it’s very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page."
"This kid is an amazing guitarist," says Bonham. "The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. He plays in the studio likes he’s onstage!"
Glenn Hughes, nicknamed The Voice of Rock, is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include Deep Purple and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire, and his most recent collaboration with rock supergroup Black Country Communion.
No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card.
The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep's legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father's skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer.
Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style and creative spirit are synonymous with the energy and vibe of New York City.
"I live in the moment, it’s all about now," says Hughes. "California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies."
Tracklisting for CALIFORNIA BREED’s self-titled debut album:
1. THE WAY
2. SWEET TEA
3. CHEMICAL RAIN
4. MIDNIGHT OIL
5. ALL FALLS DOWN
6. THE GREY
7. DAYS THEY COME
8. SPIT YOU OUT
*Deluxe Edition includes “Solo” bonus track, and a DVD including 2 video clips (“The Way” and “Sweet Tea”, plus documentary).