Chris Volz, formerly of FLAW and the recently disbanded FIVE.BOLT.MAIN, has just set a release date for his forthcoming debut solo album. The CD, tentatively titled "Redemption", will hit stores on September 11 on Rock Ridge Music.
"The lyrics on this record are very personal," says Volz. "I don´t sing about anything I haven´t felt or don´t mean. Personally, this record was my turn to grab the reins. This album is, with no offense meant to any of my former bandmates, the chance to do everything I´ve always wanted to do."
The recording process took two weeks, the fastest recording experience of Volz´s career. "I have never recorded that expediently," he says. "The musicians we worked with were extremely professional and productive. It all flowed very well and everything fell right into place."
Joining Volz in the studio for said recording experience were Matt Chiaravalle (KITTIE, CROSSBREED, WARREN ZEVON) and Jason Spiewak (FIVE.BOLT.MAIN) in both production capacity and as players on the record. Also performing on the record were: Danny Schuler (BIOHAZARD), Chris Vitali (ORANGE 9MM), Johnny Pisano (RYAN ADAMS, MARKY RAMONE, JESSE MALIN), and Rich Smalley (THE NIGHTRATS, LOOKER).
Says Schuler of the recording process: "I´ve done a lot of session work, and really enjoyed playing on this record. Chris and the guys were great, made me feel comfortable. The songs came together so quickly, the music basically wrote itself. All I had to do was listen. Being involved was a pleasure." Adds Spiewak: "Our goal from a production standpoint was to deliver on Chris´s vision."
Volz plans to tour in support of the album later this year, but in the meantime, he is currently enjoying his time on the road with his former band, FLAW.
Volz has also been enjoying working with his label: Rock Ridge Music. "I´ve never dealt with a label like Rock Ridge Music before," he says. "They never do things without telling the artist first. They do things quickly and cost effectively. Most importantly, their heart is in it, and I think it´s a better experience that way. They´re a company who cares about two to three records, not just one song. Artist development in this industry is so hard to come lately, and they truly believe in it."