The voice of RATT returns with his fourth solo release titled Smash. The album, out on Frontiers at the end of the month, starts off with a killer track called “I Know I’m Crazy” and is laden with classic hooks and choruses only he knows how to write. When I hear his voice it’s like the eighties all over again. Could it have been a RATT song? Hell yes, it could. It’s still pure Stephen Pearcy either way and you will love it.
If you are craving some new material from RATT, this is definitely the next best thing. Pearcy’s solo band consists of guitarists Erik Ferentinos and Chris Hager, bassist Matt Thorn, and drummer Greg D’Angelo, who you might remember from White Lion.
“Ten Miles Wide” is next on the album. It’s a more up-tempo rocker, but still with the RATT feel. “Rain,” my personal favorite, is a pure hit and the best song on this release. Percy states (in an interview to be published soon) it’s a song he wrote for his daughter and is very special to him. “Jamie” sounds like something off of Invasion of Your Privacy, RATT’s second full-length album from 1985. “I Can’t Take It” sounds like something off of 1990’s Detonator and “Summer’s End” is a low key ballad that could have been on 1988’s Reach For The Sky. “Hit Me With A Bullet” is another up tempo rocker with a different sound than anything from RATT in the past. It has a mind of its own.
All in all, Pearcy’s new album is a great start for the return of him and his RATT bandmates for 2017 touring. Look for Pearcy’s solo band playing clubs and festivals all year along with RATT performing select festivals as well.