Release of new Vain album ‘Rolling With The Punches’ delayed once again
Back in January 2016, the legendary rockers Vain had announced that their new album Rolling With The Punches would get released on April 14, 2016. That date came and went but on April 23, 2016, Vain‘s pledge site was indicating that Rolling With The Punches would be released in 98 days which came up to approximately July 30, 2016. As of May 24, 2016, Vain‘s pledge site indicated that their new album would be released in 68 days which came up to approximately July 31, 2016.
Vain‘s pledge site now indicates as of August 9, 2016 that their new album is to be released in 90 days with no explanation for the delay.
Back in December 2011, Sleaze Roxx conducted an interview with Vain‘s frontman Davy Vain and asked him why the band never achieved bigger commercial success. Vain responded as follows:
“We should have been bigger. I think everybody thought that. It was the record company pretty much, a double edged sword. They were great for giving us the freedom and creative control to do ‘No Respect’ — no other record company would have let us make that album. We were going to get signed before but they wanted to interfere a lot, with outside song writers, look cool in a video, and play some stupid pop songs. We always wanted to be a serious real band. We finally signed to Island Records and right after we were signed they were sold to another company and we were lucky ‘No Respect’ even came out. Even on our first tour the distribution switched — there weren’t records in the stores, it was a mess. Rick Rubin said to me before we even made the record, when asking what Vain was up to, and when I told him we just got signed to Island Records he said, ‘they have terrible promotion’. So I don’t think that helped. I think we did better in Europe because the record company in Europe was better than the American side of it.
Melissa Etheridge was really big in America, she had her own record out at the same time as us and that was the only record she had go gold because of the record company. You can only get so much and we were a little bit late by coming out in late 1989 when already there were a lot of L.A. bands that were signed. Our first record was designed to be a first record. The record company purposely sat us down and said, “we don’t want you to go into the studio and be the biggest band in the world. We already got them and they are called U2. The reason they are so big is they have done all these records and tours and you are not going to top them anyway.” Experience is how you make a great record and having a fan base who grow with you. They said, “we just want you to go into the studio, make a sleazy record that sounds like a bunch of kids from the streets ready to tear the world apart and fuck everything that moves. Guess what, U2 can’t make that record.” I was like, ‘that is the record I want to make too!’
The plan was to do three albums and slowly build it. When we were doing ‘No Respect’ I had a rule in the studio that we never wanted to get too slick or produced. I wanted the Sex Pistols’ ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ album and if I thought it was getting too staid I’d throw that on. If it made our stuff sound really shitty then we knew we went too far. I wanted to make sure we didn’t sound too gigantic or too ’80s. I know Skid Row, for example, is a big band with “Youth Gone Wild” and it sounds like a big giant production, but we did not want to sound like that. We never did anything quite that extreme. When I listened to early Aerosmith records, or AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘Back In Black’, they were kind of like watching a band play live and we wanted to sound like that.”