Texas-based ’70s-inspired hard rockers BLOOD OF THE SUN, featuring drummer Henry Vasquez (Saint Vitus), will release their new full-length, Blood‘s Thicker Than Love, via Listenable Records this November.
Drawing influences from the likes of Deep Purple, Mountain, Humble Pie, and Led Zeppelin, BLOOD OF THE SUN has been delivering super catchy hard rock over the course of four albums, churning out upbeat ’70s radio hits with ease and conviction. Admittedly retro sounding but with more determination and enthusiasm, BLOOD OF THE SUN has forged an identifiable sound making their influences an original and integral part of their signature sound.
Founded by Vasquez and keyboard player Dave Gryder, the pair has previously joined forces with number of players, including Derek St. Holmes from Ted Nugent’s band. However, BLOOD OF THE SUN 2018 is stronger than ever before featuring vocalist Sean Vargas, who joined the band shortly after their previous album Burning On The Wings Of Desire. A natural fit thanks to his high register wail and just enough grit, Vargas is united by new recruits, guitarists Wyatt Burton and Alex Johnson. These three players have rounded out the lineup of the band’s core, being Vasquez, Gryder, and bassist Roger “Kip” Yma on bass.
“We got in the jam room and everything just clicked,” notes Vasquez of the Blood‘s Thicker Than Love writing process, “it was pretty smooth sailing after that, minus the Texas heat.
“We began tracking the album early July,” he continues. “We recorded at The Lair in Arlington, Texas with our guitar player Alex Johnson handling the engineering. We took a straightforward approach. We just got in and laid down our tracks and tried to make a killer hard rock record our way. Alex did an excellent job, not to mention the usual superb mixing and mastering by Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Stone Axe).”
The debut track from Blood‘s Thicker Than Love, “Keep The Lemmys Comin’,” is a particular stand out. ”’Keep The Lemmys Comin” was written right after [Motörhead’s] Lemmy [Kilmister] passed. The lyrics just came right away. Everyone was talking about how Jack and Cokes were going to be called Lemmy’s and we thought that a was killer way to pay tribute to him. He’s an absolute legend and a huge influence, especially on our guitar players Wyatt and Alex. Once they joined, they put their own spin on what was there and we came out with what we think is a great homage to the man, myth, and legend of Lemmy. The song is about living in the moment and going all out. There are times when its necessary to go off the deep end and this song is the soundtrack for a time like that. It’s also a killer driving song!”
Hear “Keep The Lemmys Comin’,” initially premiered at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION or below.
In advance of the release of Blood‘s Thicker Than Love, BLOOD OF THE SUN will take on a short European tour which will include appearances at Desertfest Belgium and Into The Void. See all confirmed dates below.
Blood‘s Thicker Than Love Track Listing:
1. Keep The Lemmys Comin’
2. My Time
3. Livin’ For The Night
4. Air Rises As You Drown
5. Staned Glass Window
6. Blood Of The Road
BLOOD OF THE SUN:
10/10/2018 Rockpalast Crossroads TV Show @ Harmonie-Bonn – Bonn, DE w/ Lucifer
10/11/2018 Junkyard – Dortmund, DE w/ Lucifer
10/12/2018 Desertfest – Antwerp, BE
10/13/2018 The Dome – London, UK w/ Lucifer
10/14/2018 Rare Guitar – Münster, DE
10/16/2018 SO36 – Berlin, DE w/ Elder, Ancestors
10/17/2018 Bastard Club – Osnabrück, DE
10/18/2018 Backstage – Munich, DE w/ Lucifer
10/19/2018 Into The Void Fest – Leeuwarden, NL
BLOOD OF THE SUN Lineup:
Henry Vasquez – drums, vocals
Dave Gryder – keyboards
Wyatt Burton – guitar
Alex Johnson – guitar, vocals
Roger “Kip” Yma – bass
Sean Vargas – vocals
BLOOD OF THE SUN Discography:
Blood Of The Sun (2004)
In Blood We Rock (2007)
Death Ride (2008)
Burning On The Wings Of Desire (2012)
Blood‘s Thicker Than Love (2018)