TRENTON, N.J. – Vocalist Danny Vaughn has returned with a brand new album, “Traveller,” and new lineup for the band that bears his name.
The former Tyketto and Waysted singer fronted the band known as Vaughn and also took part in the From the Inside Project, which released its debut in 2004 and plans to release its follow up in 2008. This new venture features members Tony Marshall (guitar), Pat Heath (guitar), Steve McKenna (bass), and Lee Morris (drums), whom Vaughn has worked with off and on for the past two years.
“This is the first recording I´ve done with my English touring band,” Vaughn said. “We had been playing the old songs with a two guitar attack, which I had never done. So now we took all of that power and energy and put it into our own work. All of these guys have been playing with a number of bands over the years and have serious skills.”
“Traveller” is a very personal record for Vaughn, and centers around two main themes - love and death – something Vaughn hadn’t planned but discovered upon looking back at the finished work. It’s also a musically adventurous record for Vaughn, with songs such as the moody seven-minute “Death of the Tiger.”
“This album goes through a life time of moods, which is what all of my favorite albums did,” he said. “Putting out a collection of similar songs doesn’t always satisfy the person taking the journey. There are songs here that harken back to the Tyketto days and stuff that is brand new ground for us. The most important thing is that each time I make another record, the songs get more and more personal. It’s dangerous ground opening yourself up like that, but what’s the point of making things safe?”
Adding to the personal nature of the album, the cover art is a painting by Vaughn’s father, who has painted scenes of the American west for many years. Additionally, the graphic design, including the brand new Danny Vaughn logo that adorns the cover, were done by Vaughn’s girlfriend, Hayley Warren, a professional film editor and graphics designer. The title itself is a reference to Vaughn’s life, having moved house over 25 times and lightheartedly calling himself “a citizen of the world.”
“‘Traveller’ is a real labor of love from start to finish and all about emotion,” said Vaughn. “On this album I’m the main song writer, producer, vocalist, and occasional guitarist, so I was involved in every single step of the process. It’s my favorite album I’ve ever recorded.”