BROTHERS IN ARMS – Sunset And Clark (2021)
Guitarist / songwriter JACK FROST (Savatage, Jean Beauvoir, Aldo Nova) already pleased us some time ago with his album ‘Out In The Cold’ featuring a wide list of star vocalists / musicians from the ’80s / early 90s melodic hard rock scene.
BROTHERS IN ARMS is Frost’s new project, releasing today the album ”Sunset And Clark”, a wonderful 10-track collection of killer melodic hard rockin’ tunes plenty of super singers / musicians involved.
As example, the song ‘Last To Know’ features Jack on guitar along with vocalist Andrew Freeman (Last In Line, Lynch Mob, Hurricane), drummer Karl Wilcox (Diamond Head), bassist Alex Jansen (Hardline) and keyboardist Charlie Calv (Angel). Then the fun ‘Bitch Is Crazy’ has in vocals Keith St John (Montrose, Kingdome Come, Burning Rain), drummer Karl Wilcox (Diamond Head), and bassist Alex Jansen (Hardline).
And the stellar cast continues including Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Steve Overland (FM, Overland), Nick Walsh (Moxy, Slik Toxik), Jesse Damon (Silent Rage), Todd Poole (Roxy Blue), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Mick Mahan (Pat Benatar)…
While Jack may have initially instigated the BROTHERS IN ARMS idea, the other musicians involved with this project were immediately on board & ready to go, right from Day One. All collectively working on this throughout the industry wide COVID-19 lockdown and giving all the musicians a place to come together and collaborate.
Frost said; “After 19 months in lockdown everybody was really hurting about it. A lot of my friends were like, “I’m bummed out, I’m not going to play.” But I have to play. I wrote and started sending riffs to my good friends. I came up with some of the songs and riffs but each guy brought something to the table. Everyone wrote this record. It’s definitely a band, a great band. It really fits the name Brothers In Arms.”
“Keith St. John is like a brother to me” – continues Frost – “The song that Paul Shortino did I wrote with him in mind. With Steve Overland (FM, Overland) I wanted to write that Journey/Foreigner 80s classic driving in your car with the roof down.”
“I love Andrew Freeman’s work in Last In Line and Lynch Mob. Jessie from Silent Rage, man, that dude has got pipes and a half. Every time they sent back a section of what they did it was like Christmas morning. Dave Amato has basically for the last 10 years been my younger brother. We have a very big interest in guitar and amp collecting. When REO comes around we’ll go guitar shopping.
I’m very fortunate to have all these talented peers on this record”.
The album title, “Sunset and Clark” is appropriate. The music that Frost and his friends have created is upbeat, energetic and at times raucous, harkening back to the feel of the Sunset Strip in the 1980s, while still retaining modern sensibilities.
Highlights include Frost’s fiery solo work and stalking riff on ‘Last to Know’, crashing chords and melodic notes on ‘City Never Sleeps,’ and stutter step playing on ‘Voices Are Calling’. REO Speedwagon guitarist Dave Amato delivers a searing solo on ‘To Make You Mine’, while Calv provides keyboard tones and flourishes that perfectly complement the music.
This is great late ’80s sounding stuff with some of the best in the genre involved.
01 – Bitch is Crazy
02 – Last to Know
03 – The City Never Sleeps
04 – Feel the Love
05 – To Make You Mine
06 – The Ties That Bind
07 – Long Way From Love
08 – My Heart Knows
09 – Wasting Light
10 – Voices Are Calling
Jack Frost (Savatage, Jean Beauvoir, Aldo Nova)
Keith St John (Kingdom Come, Lynch Mob. Burning Rain)
Andrew Freeman (Last in Line, Lynch Mob, Hurricane)
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, King Kobra)
Steve Overland (FM, Overland)
Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik, Moxy)
Jesse Damon (Silent Rage)
Todd Poole (Roxy Blue, Saliva)
Karl Wilcox (Diamond Head)
Alex Jansen (session bass for Hardline, Scorpions)
Charlie Calv (Angel, Shotgun Symphony)
Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent)
Mick Mahan (Pat Benatar)