2017: Big Rocks
'Nothing is "powerfuler" than a powerful song'.
The hard rock band from Solothurn realized the truth of this statement very early on in their career, creating hard rock classics like 'Bedside Radio', 'Tokyo Nights', 'Long Stick Goes Boom', 'Winning Man', 'Easy Rocker', 'Headhunter', and 'Screaming In The Night'.
From their third album onwards, the Swiss flagship of power rock began recording material by other artists, including songs like 'Stay Awake All Night' or the ultimate rock song 'American Woman' and later 'Help'. They always made sure they never just churned out a boring copy of the original. Instead, they made the songs their own, showed the original songs in a completely new light, and in some cases even improved on them.
So it is not surprising that the band decided a year ago to record their very own, personal hard rock song book, a collection of old smash hits and absolute gems that changed their lives as musicians.
'It is a homage, a nod to all those artists who paved the way for us, making it possible for us to do what we do,' says bass player Chris von Rohr. Singer Marc Storace chips in: 'We all have a personal, deeply rooted connection to these songs.'
'We have been toying with the idea of recording an album like this for a very long time,' says Fernando von Arb, 'and now, at last, we have done it.'
In the early years, Chris and Fernando jammed songs by Free and above all Cream, the band consisting of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker. 'That had a massive influence on us,' the two agree. For his part, Marc was in Malta and England, singing a wide variety of songs by the Beatles, the Kinks, The Who, and Queen. Anyone who grew up listening to these songs was very lucky. Just compare the charts in the 60s with the charts now. The Sixties win hands down with singles by Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, or The Who in the Top 10!
Krokus grew up in the golden age of rock'n'roll. They were surrounded by unique, legendary songs that are as good today as they were then and cannot be topped. This had a strong influence on Krokus's output. The band is sure of one thing: 'Just like us, many younger rock fans will discover what these giants of the Sixties and Seventies had to offer. This album will take them on a musical journey of discovery.'
Krokus jammed around 50 songs to find out which ones really fitted the bill and were best suited to getting the full Krokus treatment. 'You only find that out when you play the songs over and over again and compare them with your own best songs,' says von Rohr, who also produced the album. Before they set foot in the studio, they spent several months laying the groundwork in this way.
Twelve songs by other artists and one of their own passed the test and made it onto the album. The great thing about BIG ROCKS is that the sound is full-on vintage power rock with a touch of blues and without any of the usual studio trickery. On hearing it, you believe the guys when they say that they have never worked and played together as well as they do today. You believe it because you can hear it. After all, they do have 40 year's experience under their belts.
Produced by Chris Von Rohr
Line-Up: Marc Storace - Chris Von Rohr – Fernando Von Arb – Mark Kohler – Mandy Meyer - Flavio Mezzodi