Disposable Sunshine & Away
The new album 'Just Like You' in (US) stores May 9th!
That dynamic between John 5 (guitarist) and Joe (vocalist) has caused a few sparks. First and foremost was the band's name. John took the moniker "Loser" as a snub to his hometown of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. "That place is like Beverly Hills times ten," he says. "It's about money, popularity, looks. A lot of kids committed suicide because their test scores weren't good enough, and all the rocker guys were 'losers.' I heard the word so much that it just kind of stuck with me.
Grah wasn't as convinced Ã¢Â€Â¦ at first. "But then late one night I had an epiphany, the album should be titled (Just Like You). >From that moment on everything began to align with an overwhelming sense of relevance and clarity."
The newly christened band began recording the material John had worked on with producer Marlette, alongside new songs all featuring Grah's passionate lyrical style. "For me, it wasn't brain surgery -- I just wanted great songs," says the guitarist. Bob is really good at saying 'that sucks' if something didn't work. Bob's an amazing coach."
The end result, Just Like You, is direct, honest, heavy and yet as catchy as any good pop record. And it's got depth. Opener "The First Time" both reflects Grah's emotional rawness ("this is the first time/I can remember all the days I gave away") while sounding positively glam. Potential single "Down", meanwhile, is a guitar anthem with an indelible hook, and "Girl Like You" features a dance-rock vibe that recalls Bowie, LCD Sound system and Mechanical Animals-era Manson all at once. Oh, and the band isn't ashamed of full-on, lighters-in-the-air ballads, as "By My Side" and the first single "Nobody Knows" can attest.
John thought it was easy. His opposite disagreed. "I went through a lot making this record," says Grah. "; It reflects an extremely volatile and transitory period in my life."
The band recently completed a tour with Staind, and plans to head out on the road for the rest of the year. Look for LOSER to impact your part of the world in 2006!
The youngster hasn't been the same since his trip to the Upside Down.