Writes the site, "Ratt have just released their first album in a decade, and it's a killer. They were always one of the edgier, nastier bands to come out of the L.A. hard rock/metal scene, closer in spirit to Mötley Crüe than Poison or Warrant or whoever, and Infestation is a collection of 11 punchy, hard-rocking tracks that really hark back to the band's glory days from '83-85, with only one ballad and no truly bad tracks. The band's classic lineup is back, too, with the exception of guitarist Robbin Crosby, who died in 2002; he's been replaced by Carlos Cavazo, formerly of Quiet Riot. On the eve of the album's release (literally - this conversation happened Monday night), I got on-again/off-again frontman Stephen Pearcy on the phone to talk about the music, intra-band relations, and more."
You left Ratt for several years, and came back not too long ago – what was going on behind the scenes?
I never left. I just pretty much went on hiatus and did my own thing, and they chose to get somebody to fill the bill until we saw it was time for me to pull back in. We took care of some business and here we are, years later, taking care of business. [When] I left in ’91, it was because I was bored. I saw it falling apart, literally, due to excesses of everything, and the second time, I wasn’t getting my fill of creativity and lots of things, so I left and came back three years ago and here we are with Infestation.
Robbin Crosby was a bluesier player than Carlos Cavazo is. How do you think having two shredder guitarists changes the group dynamic, and the group sound?
I think it’s very beneficial. If you hear a song like "Eat Me Up Alive," which I co-wrote with Carlos, or "Best Of Me," he fits the bill quite nicely. We benefited from him extremely. To me, the more powerful a guitar player is, the better, and we’ve got the best of both worlds now. He’s respectful of Warren [DeMartini] and is just taking a lot of the guitar parts that Robbin would have played, and more so. It depends on what Warren feels he can handle or take on. He’s not discriminatory about it, so if he tells him to throw down a solo, whether it be his or Robbin’s part, it’s all good.
So do you guys actually get along now, or did you come into the studio all lawyered up like Aerosmith?
[Laughs] No, we were still taking care of business, but that’s – Ratt is a business, it’s a corporation that’s done extremely well for us, and me pulling back in, there was some unfinished business, and that’s just the way it is. But collectively, we’re still headed to the same place in business. But we were very cohesive going into the record. We knew exactly how we were approaching it, and being respectful of each other, because with a band like Ratt, since the beginning, we didn’t give a shit about being press darlings or this or that. It was about the music. And that’s what brought us back together in the first place. So here we are, with one of the best records we’ve recorded in ages, and we got something good out of it. but yeah, lawyers, guns and money, it’s part of the program, you know?"
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