Jerry A. Lang, founding member of Portland-based punk rock outfit Poison Idea, will release his solo album on December,16 via American Leather Records.
Despite the glory of being a founding member of Poison Idea, the vocalist has made a successful career as a member of various projects and active collaborator: Crime Scene from Belgium that gets influences from Bay-Area thrash-metal scene; Savage Beat from Amsterdam, with obvious rock-n-roll influences; Big Stick; “Skinny Puppy meets Cramps. Lee Hazelwood, Motörhead, a Blitz cover sung by Joy Division“.
In the vocalist’s words:
“It’s a crazy mix of what I consider the best music around”
Talking about the nature of his upcoming solo LP, Jerry A. looks back in time on a series of events that lead to the birth of a solo artist:
“I was asked years ago to sing on a Dare To Defy song, a cover of an old punk band YDI. That came out as a single. It came and went. The Hard-Ons from Australia asked if I would write a song with them. They wrote the music – I wrote the lyrics. It was brutally good. People in America never heard it because it was on a European label. Other bands, other releases….”
Talking about his upcoming solo release, “From The Fire Into The Water”, the vocalist describes the upcoming album as something he takes as “a rebirth” rather than restart – after Poison Idea went on hiatus a few years ago.
“When a child comes into this world, the nurse slaps it on the ass to force it to take its first breath of air. The baby screams. This is my
first scream in this new world”.
Uniting various activities of his, Lang created a totally outstanding result. Taking a special place in the rich discography of Lang as the most powerful excursion through the creativity of the vocalist – nihilistic and powerful, uncompromising statement and the best proof of the collaborative power and the reach legacy of Jerry A.
“It’s a trip, man. It’s a trip being here and seeing the world with these clear eyes, hearing this music with open ears and open heart.
Every coin has two sides, every record has two sides. The front and back cover. Fire and water. Hot and cold. The spectrum of degree. This runs the whole course. But when it comes to good and bad, this stays closer to the sooner. I’m not gonna brag, but I’m proud of this and I stand by it 100%. This is my rebirth, from the fire.”
Jerry A & Savage Beat – ‘That’s My Music’
Jerry A & The Ransom – ‘Psychedelic Nitemare’
Jerry A & Crime Scene – ‘Black Cat’
Jerry A – ‘Late Night’
Jerry A & Dare to Defy – ‘Get Out’
Jerry A & Jenny Don’t And The Spurs ‘Ladybird’
Jerry A & The Hard-Ons – ‘The Blade’
Jerry A & BBB – ‘Hole in the Wall’
Poison Idea – ‘The Butcher’ (previously unavailable)
Jerry A & Big Stick – ‘Darling Raven’
Jerry A & The Ransom – ‘I Hate the Blues’
Jerry A & Soft Kill – ‘Fatigue’