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Interview with Babylon A.D.’s frontman Derek Davis — New album in September 2017

INTERVIEW WITH BABYLON A.D.’S FRONTMAN DEREK DAVIS

Date: October 29, 2016

Interviewer: Olivier

 

THE NAME BABYLON A.D. SHOULD BE FAMILIAR TO MOST SLEAZE ROXX READERS AS THE GROUP’S NO FRILLS ROCK N’ ROLL IS EXACTLY WHAT SLEAZE ROXX LOVES TO COVER. ON DAY TWO OF THE ROCK N SKULL FESTIVAL, DECIBEL GEEK EDITOR RICH DILLON INTRODUCED ME TO BABYLON A.D.’S FRONTMAN DEREK DAVIS WHO WAS HANGING OUT WITH THE FANS AFTER BABYLON A.D. HAD PUT ON ONE OF THE FESTIVAL’S BEST PERFORMANCES THE NIGHT BEFORE. TO MY SHOCK (AND PLEASURE), DAVIS REVEALED TO ME THAT BABYLON A.D. WERE GOING TO BE RELEASING A NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN 2017! THIS LED TO THIS IMPROMPTU INTERVIEW BECAUSE ANY NEW ALUBM FROM BABYLON A.D. SHOULD BE CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION!

 

Sleaze Roxx: So, I have heard some fantastic news that Babylon A.D. will actually be releasing a new album! So please tell us about that.

 

Derek Davis: Yeah! We are going to start recording in December [2016] or January [2017]. It’s probably going to take us eight weeks, nine weeks, to record the record and it should be out I’d say by September [2017]. That’s the date we are setting. September 1st — what would you call it? That’s the date that we are shooting for. And we’re supposed to deliver the record by June 1st [2017] so the material has already been written and it’s ready to go. We just got to get in the recording studio and record it. We’ve got the demo tapes all done and everything like that. Everybody’s just tightening it up. We start rehearsals for the record in about three weeks from now. Right before Thanksgiving, we start going into the studio, tightening up and getting the songs real tight. We’re looking forward to it!

babylon-a-d-album-coverSleaze Roxx: Cool! And how long have you been thinking of doing a new album?

 

Derek Davis: We’ve actually been thinking about it for about two years. I’ve had quite a bit of songs that I have written myself. And Ron [Freschi] and Dan [De La Rosa], they’ve also had a lot of stuff that they have sent me over the last year or two. Yeah. We have been thinking about it for a couple of years. We wanted to see how the latest record came out — the ‘Live@XXV‘ — see how it peaked fans’ interest. So we kind of put it out there as a teaser — you know what I mean — to get everyone interested in the band again. This one is going to be really cool! We’re actually going to have some songs that we did on ‘In The Beginning.’ We’re going to have a few of those songs on there and we are redoing them like 25 years later or whatever. A lot of people asked us about that — badgering us — like “Man, you guys have to put out ‘She Likes To Give It’ or ‘I’m No Good For You’ but do it nowadays.” You know, let’s hear the sound now because we were just kids with an eight track and we didn’t know what we were doing then [laughs].

 

Sleaze Roxx: [Laughs]

 

Derek Davis: But they were great songs! We got signed on those songs. They just never really got promoted or put out so we are going to do a few of those songs as well as new material that we’ve even writing.

 

Sleaze Roxx: How many tracks would you have for the new album?

 

Derek Davis: Well, we’re shooting for twelve. We want to do ten at least but we’re shooting for twelve and we’re probably going to record like eighteen [songs]. That’s what we are thinking. That’s what’s on the agenda to do and accomplish. That way, we can make another record and follow it up pretty quickly. We don’t want to wait like two more years or something like that. We’re trying to make a record every year. You know, once a year put another one out so that the band keeps moving along.

 

Sleaze Roxx: Do you have any touring plans once the new album comes out?

 

Derek Davis: It looks like we will be in Europe for at least two, maybe three weeks, right when the record comes out. Of course, we have a lot of offers for festivals right now and things like that. I think that our first show for 2017 is around March and we did that on purpose because we have to be in the recording studio recording! We don’t have a lot of time to start playing one-offs here and there but we’ll be playing basically the same kind of stuff that we are doing right now. You know, a festival here, a festival there — that kind of stuff. And for us, that is the funnest thing to do. You know what I mean [laughs]? It’s like the more people, the merrier. We get to play for an hour and then we party two days [laughs] or three days! Yeah, it’s like we’re on vacation the whole time.

babylon-a-d-photoSleaze Roxx: One thing special about Babylon A.D. is that you still have the original band members.

 

Derek Davis: Since 1989!

 

Sleaze Roxx; Yeah, which is probably very rare in this time. So how special is it to play with the same guys that you played with on the debut album?

 

Derek Davis: I think it’s cool due to the fact that we know each other so well. We all grew up together in high school and stuff like that. So you just have four or five guys that are brothers. We’ve been playing together for so long. We’ve known each other for so long. We can still get in a fist fight and the next day, go “Whatever man, we’re all brothers.” You know what I mean? We’ve never nitpicked or backstabbed each other or any of that kind of stuff. We’ve always been together so I don’t know — a lot of bands I guess don’t have that kind of personality. We all grew up in the same exact area. Two different high schools and we all grew up the same way smoking pot, drinking, going out with chicks and wanting to be rockstars [laughs]! You know, so we have a big gigantic thing in common. We still do. We like to play and then we like to party. And both of them, we like to do hard [laughs] and sleazy!

 

Sleaze Roxx: [Laughs] What about the new album? Are you guys going to self-release it or through a label?

 

Derek Davis: We have distribution through Europe right now. We’ll have distribution through an American subsidiary but it will still be predominantly on our label.

 

We’ve had our label now since 1999. We like to keep it that way, basically so we can control — have more control. Because once you say, “OK. Yeah, you guys have control, well, there goes all your iTunes money, There goes all your…” And then they say “Well, here’s a piece of what you get.” And you’re like, “No man! I wrote this song. I don’t wanna…” -You know what I mean.? I’m the one who is playing it. I am the one who writes it. It’s not like the others where you get 10% of your records. You know, if you can control it, well we get 100%. And then we tell the distributors, “You get this amount. We get to dictate the terms. So it’s a lot different than it was.

 

Sure, you’re not going to sell as many records as you did in those days since there are not as many fans as back in those days. But the fans that are around — they are hardcore and they will buy it. It’s mainly to just keep the brand going and have a good time on why we are doing it right now. You know, here we are the Rock N Skull. [Jack Russell’s] Great White is getting ready to get on. This could have been 20 years ago [laughs] you know what I mean, and it’s still “This is fun.” So that is awesome!

 

Sleaze Roxx: And what about the new tracks? Obviously you have a couple of old ones that you are going to re-record. What are the new tracks going to sound like?

 

Derek Davis: Well, you know — its’ going to be vintage Babylon A.D. There’s nothing that is really going to change or anything like that. That’s all I can tell you. It’s not like we are like, “Let’s detune the guitar. And let’s go this phase or that fad or whatever, It’s going to be Babylon A.D with a melodic twist and something I think all the fans would dig.

 

Sleaze Roxx: Last question for you — what are your three favorite albums of all-time and why?

 

Derek Davis: Oh man! That’s a hard one. I’d say ‘Rocks’ from Aerosmith. That really helped me to train my voice I think listening to Steven Tyler so often. I could say… I could go on and on. oh my God! Let’s see — James Brown — the Godfather of soul man! “The big payback! That’s were I land.” That taught me a lot how to sing. And early Rod Stewart — one of his early. Yeah, Old Rod Stewart — ‘Faces’ — Right when he came out of ‘Faces.’ There’s too many records to list man! I could go forever. There’s not three. The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road.’ I could go on forever. The ‘White Album.’ The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ you know. Each one of them imprinted something in me — songwriting as well as vocals — everything!

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I really want this to be good, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

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All original members and a desire to play vintage style tunes... I am sold. Really looking forward to it.

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I really want this to be good, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

 

+1

 

They had a great sound but years have passed. Interested but let's hear some sample.

 

Thanks AlphaMale.

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I really want this to be good, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

 

+1

 

They had a great sound but nearly 30 years have passed. Interested but let's hear some sample.

 

Thanks AlphaMale.

 

 

30 years have passed, but they still rule live, which is a very rare thing for bands from that era.

 

It will all be in the song writing though - lets hope they absolutely nail it :)

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I really want this to be good, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

 

+1

 

They had a great sound but nearly 30 years have passed. Interested but let's hear some sample.

 

Thanks AlphaMale.

 

 

30 years have passed, but they still rule live, which is a very rare thing for bands from that era.

 

It will all be in the song writing though - lets hope they absolutely nail it :)

 

 

 

Yep, and in fact are no 30 years (sorry, my mistake, I've edited) but 16 years since their last full studio album "American Blitzkrieg" in 2000 (didn't know this one, though the critics in HH are not good: 49%).

 

Let's hope the best.

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September 2017?

 

The album has been written and demo'ed and all they have to do is studio record and the plan is that will take only 8 weeks beginning January 2017...

 

Is Mutt Lange producing or something? Six months to master, manufacture and prepare for distribution (which will be what, 5,000 copies)? Seems like a long time to me.

 

Anyway, their debut is great, but that was a long time ago. Hoping for the best.

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American Blitzkreig was a decent enough album
Most didn't like it, but likely they were expecting more of Nothing Sacred after a 10 year gap....

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Was hoping they'd release a couple songs off their demo tapes when I read the headline but didn't think they would. Reading in the interview that they are actually including them has me interested. This is such a cool song:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgwoiyDNBV0

 

I'd be more than happy if all they did was re-record all the songs from 'In The Beginning... Persuaders Recordings 86-88.' I really like their first two albums, but I actually think they were a better, more melodic rock band, before they got signed. I love the Persuaders stuff. 'Tears,' 'Don't Ask Questions,' 'Too Much Too Young' and 'Last Time for Love' are easily amongst the best songs in the Babylon AD collection... and they're only raw demos. Would love to hear those songs given the justice they deserve.

 

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I totally agree. I absolutely love the first two Babylon AD cds and own everything else they've put out but I think they were even better as the Persuaders. And a huge shout out for being one of the few back in tha day bands who've maintained the same lineup after all these years.

 

I'm all over their 2017 release when it comes out.

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Not sure if they "maintained the same lineup"

More like just didn't fight so much that they broke up and then called Jizzy of Corabi etc

Probably went on with normal life with the band in the background waiting for a time when it was right for them all to kick it going again, which I guess is better than hanging up the guitars and reforming with a big splash that turns out to suck.

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Maybe so. But wrangling all 5 original members together after an extended hiatus is no small feat. Seriously how many bands can you name that have kept their original lineup for everyone cd release and reunited again after X amount of years to go back in the studio? That's brotherhood!

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Maybe so. But wrangling all 5 original members together after an extended hiatus is no small feat. Seriously how many bands can you name that have kept their original lineup for everyone cd release and reunited again after X amount of years to go back in the studio? That's brotherhood!

 

Agreed.

Nice that a band seem to like each other and are able to be on the same page.

Take The Dog Off The Chain is one of my favorite songs.

A while ago my ex wife was doing the music for a hard rock club and she asked me to bring in a few songs to mix it up.

I put that one on and she was flooded with people at her booth asking who sung it.

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Give us a sample!!

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Derek Davis: Well, you know — its’ going to be vintage Babylon A.D. There’s nothing that is really going to change or anything like that. That’s all I can tell you. It’s not like we are like, “Let’s detune the guitar. And let’s go this phase or that fad or whatever, It’s going to be Babylon A.D with a melodic twist and something I think all the fans would dig.

 

This comment right here has really got me interested. I always shudder when bands say "it'll sound like our old stuff with a modernized sound" or something similar to that. Davis is flat out saying they are trying to make an album that sounds like the music we know and love, and I hope they are successful.

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Derek Davis: Well, you know its going to be vintage Babylon A.D. Theres nothing that is really going to change or anything like that. Thats all I can tell you. Its not like we are like, Lets detune the guitar. And lets go this phase or that fad or whatever, Its going to be Babylon A.D with a melodic twist and something I think all the fans would dig.

 

This comment right here has really got me interested. I always shudder when bands say "it'll sound like our old stuff with a modernized sound" or something similar to that. Davis is flat out saying they are trying to make an album that sounds like the music we know and love, and I hope they are successful.
That comment had me jizz a little. That's pretty much what we fans always want to hear. Was that written yesterday, 'cause that's the sexiest love note one could receive on Valentine's.

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As long as Vintage=first 2 releases...and not post Babylon A.D I'm excited

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I'm assuming it's somewhere between the first 2 and American Blitzkreig.

And I'm thinking that I will really like a few songs and there will be filler.

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'Revelation Highway' out in October.

 

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Fingers crossed on this release,thanx for the update Stefan :)

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Give us a damn sample already!

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