Michael Grant explains significance of title track for Michael Grant & The Assassins’ debut album
Former L.A. Guns guitarist and current Michael Grant & The Assassins frontman Michael Grant was recently interviewed by Tom Leu for Sound Matters Show.
Michael Grant & The Assassins released their debut album Always The Villain via Frontiers Music Srl on July 10, 2020.
With respect to the significance of the title track, Grant indicated (as transcribed by the Sound Matters Show with slight edits): “I think with me splitting with the band I was in before, and with the toxic relationships I kinda had lingering all over me from people who were seemingly friends, or people who seemingly loved me, and publicly in the media made out to be this monster, to be this villain…When that was kinda happening, I just kinda related to that title so much because I was being pinned to this bad guy constantly in different situations and I’m like… shocked. I’m like ‘Man, I’m one of the coolest dudes you ever met. What the fuck are they talking about?’ So when that happened I kinda got pissed off. I’m like alright… you wanna paint me out to be a villain? You fucked with the wrong villain.”
Grant ended up playing drums on parts of the album Always The Villain to which he stated: “That is so true! Ever since I was like 13 years old, I would play my brother’s [pieced together kit]… I would play along to albums, but I never considered myself a great drummer. But, I knew that coming into this record, and being short a drummer and having deadlines, that I could probably pull it off. It was one of those moments like “Can I pull this off?” But luckily I pulled through in the clutch, and was able to track it and make the drums sound and feel like I wanted.”
You can listen to the interview with Michael Grant by Tom Leu for the Sound Matters Show below: