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'New Winger Album Is The Only Album Where Every Member Played On Every Song' Says Kip Winger
The Metal Voice recently interviewed singer bassist Kip Winger of Winger. In the chat Kip talks about the bands upcoming studio album SEVEN and the ups and downs of the band's career.
'Seven' will be released on May 5, 2023 via Frontiers Music Srl a 12-track album produced by winger frontman Kip Winger
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When asked why it took nine years to release a new Winger album
"Time got away from us. Reb (Beach) was working heavily in Whitesnake, I did a lot of other projects, classical music and the Get Jack (musical) and quite a few solo shows. I wrote a lot of solo music that has yet to be released. I was super busy and time just got away from us. We actually started this album in 2019 but then Covid hit and kind of wiped everybody out. So it might have been out a little earlier but basically because we were both too busy to get it together."
When asked what they did differently on the new album compared to last studio album
"This is the only album that every member of Winger played on every single song. So it's actually the definitive Winger album because Paul Taylor played on every song and actually Paul has a solo on this album for the first time in our history. He played the solo on Broken Glass. The main difference is that it's all original guys playing on every song, so it's really the ingredients of our whole history on every track on the album. I tried to grab the inspiration from the first album and then combine it with the depth of the stuff that followed."
When Kip Winger spoke about the band's early image and sound
"We're a very misunderstood band. In the early 90s stuff didn't help us at all when all that kind of stuff went down with grunge and Beavis and Butthead. It really was kind of a nail in the coffin for a lot of people to just keep an open mind about who we actually are. Part of it's our fault because. I was not Savvy about marketing. When Reb and I were writing the first album we watched MTV and there's Bon Jovi and Whitesnake and Poison and Def Leppard. So we thought what are we gonna wear? Well, let's just do that kind of thing .We were so focused on the music, if the solo is cool, if the Riff is cool. We didn't like to go, well wait a minute, let's not dress up that much."
When asked how Bevis and Butthead hurt their career early on
"For example we'll take White Zombie, Beavis and Butthead were like oh White Zombie's cool and then White Zombie went triple platinum, like overnight. It was the biggest show in MTV history so a lot of people benefited from Beavis and Butthead but we were like the on the shirt of the geeky guy who represented it sucked. There's a lot of other bands that might have been better suited for that role. I did speak to Mike Judge (creator) through email at one point and he was just kind of like It just happened to stick. I think it hurt a lot of the bands like us and you have to also add in the aspect of Metallica throwing darts at my poster. So that came first and I think it inadvertently chose us because of that. Mike Judge said it was just luck of the draw, bad timing. As far as the 80s goes, I don't think that the 80s would have survived much longer anyway. 80s music had run its course and we came a little too late. I tell this story a lot. I moved out to New Mexico, we lost our record deal, our publishing, everything was gone. Then my first wife passed away in a car wreck and I was totally in Oblivion and that's when I decided to write and to start studying classical music for real. I'd always wanted to write orchestral music and never felt like it was within my reach and I thought you know what, I'm just gonna go for it and I had the time because I couldn't get arrested. I mean there were no gigs to be had, for years. The only gig that I did during that time on my first solo record was Porter's bookstore at 4: 00 p.m in the afternoon playing to 10 people after a year before headlining to 8 000- 10 000 people."
Winger 'Seven' Track Listing
1. "Proud Desperado"
2. "Heaven’s Falling"
3. "Tears Of Blood"
4. "Resurrect Me"
5. "Voodoo Fire"
6. "Broken Glass"
7. "It’s Okay"
8. "Stick The Knife In And Twist"
9. "One Light To Burn"
10. "Do Or Die"
11. "Time Bomb"
12. "It All Comes Back Around"
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