Vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) have joined forces in BLACK SWAN; a new band project signed to Frontiers Music Srl. Their debut album, “Shake The World,” an aptly titled album if ever there was one, is a delightful romp of potent hard rock that is not merely the sum of its parts, but a powerful rock ‘n roll machine. It will be released on February 14, 2020, on CD, LP, & Digital formats. Watch the first single and video, for the title track, HERE: https://youtu.be/kY9KR7mEz1k
Fans can pre-order the album, including signed items and merch bundles, and stream the single HERE: https://radi.al/ShakeTheWorld
The genesis of Black Swan was sparked by a conversation between Jeff Pilson and Frontiers’ President & Head of A&R, Serafino Perugino, who wanted a project that would not only showcase McAuley’s vocal prowess but have a strong musical backbone to stand skyscraper tall behind him. Thus, the initial seeds were planted, and Pilson ran with it from there. “Shake The World” was tracked at Pilson’s home studio in Los Angeles and is a showcase of both the musical talents of the instrumental players in the band as well as McAuley’s powerful voice. The four members got Black Swan off the ground by exchanging ideas back and forth and then bringing all the songs together. The final result is something fresh, very heavy, but still intensely melodic and it’s undoubtedly not Dokken, nor Winger, nor MSG, or some combination thereof, but it’s own unique animal. As an example, one of the songs was written by Jeff Pilson right after seeing the Queen movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ “I came home, and I sat down at the grand piano and pretty much wrote exactly the chorus that we have, just coming straight [from] the movie. It is a bit Queen-like.”
Continues Pilson, “It’s amazing, incredible music. Wait until you hear everybody’s playing and singing. It’s beyond — way beyond.”
Adds Robin McAuley, “This is exciting for me to read: Black Swan announces the release of “Shake the World,” the first offering from the band on the Frontiers’ label.” I’ve known Jeff for some thirty years, and we have a history of performing together on MSG Unplugged, in addition to being great friends, musically and socially. When he asked me to do this and collaborate with Reb, I didn’t have to think too long with my response. Initially, he wasn’t going to play bass on this, but Reb and I soon changed his mind, lol!!! Bringing Matt into the mix was a great decision. His powerful energy and style are unmistakable on this album. Overall, it is a compelling blend of styles and writing. Reb is genuinely a fantastic guitarist and songwriter. Jeff captured my vocals the way I like to sound. Probably the best vocal sound I’ve had… ever!!!! Such a great and creative studio experience for me. This is kick-ass, powerful music on an album full of great songs. If you love strong melodies and BIG choruses, BLACK SWAN won’t disappoint!! It’s time…” SHAKE THE WORLD!!!”
Guitarist Reb Beach says, “When Jeff approached me to do this, I was so excited because I loved writing “Erase the Slate” with him for Dokken. I also played in the band with Jeff for four years, and we worked so well together, writing and live too. He is as good as it gets when it comes to a rock musician, a great songwriter, and an absolute joy to work with. I came in with riffs, Jeff arranged them into a song by adding his parts, and then Robin wrote the lyrics, and knocked it out of the park with the vocals. I am pretty particular about singers, and Robin’s voice is so slammin’ that I wouldn’t want anyone else. Matt came in with his vast drum sound, and we had a great sounding band. Fascinating stuff!!”
“Shooting the video was a blast,” says drummer Matt Starr. “Shot in Los Angeles over two days, it was similar to recording the record; everything was very organic and comfortable. That’s the advantage of working with guys who have so much experience. There’s not too much discussion going on. Everybody knows what to do; we get to work and do it. That leaves more time for hanging out, chatting, and smoking cigars!”
Black Swan’s “Shake the World” is a killer slice of melodic hard rock and heavy metal from seasoned players who have gelled musically. Whether you are a fan from “back in the day” or brand new to the scene and just diving in, this album is essential listening!