KING KOBRA Drummer Carmine Appice – “I Have Certain Standards, And If The Music Doesn’t Meet Those Standards Then Why Do It?”

SleazeRoxx.com recently caught up with KING KOBRA drummer Carmine Appice. An excerpt from the interview is available below:



Sleaze Roxx: Bands from the era that King Kobra came from that reunite don’t always issue quality music, but you’ve done that twice now. I think the only band that has issued a strong album was RATT — King Kobra has the edge because you have two records since reuniting to their one.

Carmine Appice: “Wow, in all the interviews that I’ve done for this album no one has put it that way — thank you. I have been making records for years — I don’t think there’s been a record that I’ve made that sucks. I always make sure that it’s a great record, it doesn’t matter if it’s a CACTUS record or a King Kobra record or a TRAVERS / APPICE record. I have certain standards and if it doesn’t meet those standards then why do it, you know?”

Sleaze Roxx: I know the intention the last time around was to make an album that sounded ’80s.

Carmine Appice: “Yeah, well, when Frontiers signed us they specifically said they wanted an album that sounded like the King Kobra of the ’80s. I had recorded an album in the ’90s with Kelly Keeling on vocals that was modern sounding and was a little grungy — they didn’t want that. They wanted a hard rock metal sounding album like King Kobra did in the ’80s. On the last record we also had five songs that were left over from the ’80s so that helped in continuing with that style. We had ‘Screaming for More’, ‘Midnight Woman’, and a couple more.”

Go to this location for the complete interview.

King Kobra’s long-awaited reunion album King Kobra was released on Frontiers Records in 2011, left no doubt that this was a band to be reckoned with. Even though nearly 25 years had passed since the original line-up recorded the landmark Ready To Strike and Thrill Of A Lifetime albums, the energy and immediacy of the band had not diminished.

“We chose to name this album II because it is both the second album of our reformation with Frontiers Records as well as the second generation of the band with Paul Shortino as lead vocalist,” says guitarist David Michael-Philips. “Paul’s unique style gives the band a new feel apart from what we were in the 80s with original singer Mark/Marcie Free. I think the “re-boot” naming gives Paul the credit he deserves while paying homage to our original singer and sound.”

The thick, soulful vocals of Paul Shortino, dual guitarists Mick Sweda and David Michael-Philips, and the thundering bass and drums of Johnny Rod and Carmine Appice delivered an album that, while easily carrying on the tradition of the first two releases, brought a contemporary twist to a signature melodic, hard rock style. “The ’70’s flavour of this new album was a conscious move to incorporate our influences into the music,” says David Michael-Philips, while Carmine Appice adds “King Kobra was a band in the ‘80s with great players…and had roots in the ‘70s also.. We tried to make a cool combination of both, which I think we achieved with this new album.”

Produced by David Henzerling with Carmine Appice and Paul Shortino, II features the following tracklisting:

‘Hell On Wheels’
‘Knock ‘Em Dead’
‘Have A Good Time’
‘The Ballad Of Johnny Rod’
‘Take Me Back’
‘When The Hammer Comes Down’
‘Running Wild’
‘The Crunch’
‘Got It Comin’’
‘Deep River’
‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting’
‘We Go Round’

Check out a making-of video below:

King Kobra:
Paul Shortino – vocals
David Michael-Philips – guitar
Mick Sweda – guitar
Johnny Rod – bass guitar
Carmine Appice – drums

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