JAKE E. LEE Explains RED DRAGON CARTEL's Singer Shuffles


RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, will launch its sophomore album, “Patina”, on November 9 through Frontiers Music Srl.

The follow-up to RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s eponymous 2014 debut, “Patina” marks the group’s first launch with drummer Phil Varone (SAIGON KICK, SKID ROW) and bassist Anthony Esposito. The band’s present lineup is rounded out by singer Darren James Smith.

Back in September 2015, RED DRAGON CARTEL was rejoined by Darren James Smith after a interval of a number of months throughout which the band performed exhibits with numerous different vocalists, together with former JONES STREET frontman Shawn Crosby, Canadian singer Paul D’Eath (CITIZENS UNITE, MUSHROOM TRAIL), Chas West (Jason Bonham, LYNCH MOB, three LEGGED DOGG) and Michael Beck.

Speaking to “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” about RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s singer shuffles and Darren‘s eventual return to the group, Jake stated (hear audio under): “Well, there was just one ‘out and in’ [with Darren] [laughs], first off. He was the singer. As quickly as I heard him on his audition tape, I knew that voice, that was the voice I needed to work with. So we had the band going, we have been on tour. There was a difficulty that was extra of a private factor between me and Darren. He by no means truly give up the band, I by no means truly fired him, however we agreed till we might work out the issue that we had that it was greatest that he not end the tour with us. So I obtained different singers… different singers obtained lined up. I did not, like, rent one for per week after which hearth him after which rent one other one. It was labored out from the start the place — I feel there was 4 singers — the place every singer obtained an equal period of time out on the highway with us. And I thought-about them substitutes — they have been substituting for Darren whereas we labored issues out. And I would not take into account that any of these singers have been ever truly in RED DRAGON CARTEL.”

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JAKE E. LEE Explains RED DRAGON CARTEL's Singer Shuffles

“Eventually, Darren and I labored out our private downside. He was at all times the man that I needed to work with; I feel that he has a improbable voice. And he is caught a fairly dangerous rap due to the primary… nicely, the notorious Whisky present, the place he fucked up,” Jake stated, referring to RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s debut dwell live performance at West Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go, which was extensively panned attributable to Smith‘s “out-of-tune” vocal supply and seemingly inebriated state. “He is aware of he fucked up — everyone is aware of he fucked up — however he is been judged off that one efficiency ever since. I at all times knew that he was an incredible singer and he was the one I needed to work with. So as soon as we clarified our positions, he was again within the band, and he completed the final tour with us in California and in Japan. And I do assume this file proves why he’s the singer for RED DRAGON CARTEL — and I at all times knew he was, and lots of people have been skeptical about that. But if you happen to hearken to the file, he is improbable on it. And I do assume a few of that is also, on the primary file, the few songs that he sang… I am not often round when the vocals are being recorded, as a result of, to me, it is boring — I do not wanna sit in a room and hearken to a singer sing a tune over and again and again; I will simply hearken to it on the finish of the day and okay it or nix it. For that first file, he stated he was being pushed to scream extra to make it sound extra rock. And one of many first issues that Anthony stated as soon as he was within the band and he performed the exhibits with Darren was, ‘His voice is so significantly better than I believed it was on the primary file dwell.’ And I stated, ‘Yeah, he does not actually sound like he does on the primary file.’ So, on this file, I feel it is a way more correct illustration of what Darren‘s voice seems like. ‘Cause we did not push him to scream — we simply went with it. And I feel anyone who listens to it has to agree that Darren is a good singer. And I hope individuals give him that probability.”

RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s new album was recorded at Esposito‘s Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and was reportedly combined by legendary producer Max Norman, who has beforehand labored with OZZY OSBOURNE, MEGADETH, SAVATAGE and LOUDNESS, amongst others.

In addition to being the brand new bassist for RED DRAGON CARTEL, Esposito co-produced the album alongside Lee.

“Patina” monitor itemizing:

01. Speedbag

02. Havana

03. Crooked Man

04. The Luxury Of Breathing

05. Bitter

06. Chasing Ghosts

07. A Painted Heart

08. Punchclown (bonus monitor)

09. My Beautiful Mess

10. Ink & Water

The official music video for “Havana” could be seen under.

JAKE E. LEE Explains RED DRAGON CARTEL's Singer Shuffles