George Lynch reveals that his instrumental album originally intended to be Lynch Mob record
Lynch Mob, KXM, Sweet & Lynch, The End Machine and former Dokken guitarist George Lynch was recently interviewed by Marcelo Vieira for the Brazilian website Marcelo Vieira Music.
Back in the summer of 2021, Lynch released his first instrumental album titled Seamless via Rat Pak Records. Lynch was asked when he started planning the release of an instrumental record to which he replied (as transcribed in English by Marcelo Vieira):
“About two years ago, I started writing an album with Jimmy D’Anda that I thought would be a Lynch Mob album. We wrote some songs and started sending it to different vocalists like Oni Logan, Robert Mason, and Andrew Freeman and none of them were really excited; they felt the songs were confusing for vocal application and therefore there was no way to write lyrics for them. So, I put the whole album aside and went to do other things.
After a while, the label [Rat Pak Records] suggested, “How about turning this album into an instrumental album?” At first, I declined the idea because these songs weren’t written to be instrumental. But then, in the end, they convinced me to try, and I tried, and I enjoyed trying. Eventually, I concluded: “Yeah, it works.” I think the instrumental format worked for most of the songs; not for all. Some of them still sound like songs with missing vocals to me. [Laughs.] But the bulk of the album I think was interesting, fun, and full of curious twists. So, there’s a lot of variety in it. It doesn’t sound like I plugged in the guitar one day and just improvised over the rhythms. [Laughs.]”
In terms of how long the process took for the album Seamless, Lynch indicated: “I would say about a month and a half of real work time if we put it all together. The initial writing with Jimmy lasted a week. I spent two weeks writing alone. And Jimmy came back and re-recorded the drums, and the bass player recorded the bass, which is a week each. And then I turned the songs into instrumentals, which took at least another week, leaving room for another week to mix.”
You can read part of Marcelo Vieira‘s interview with George Lynch at Marcelo Vieira Music‘s website.
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