Blackbird Angels—founded by guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) and bassist/vocalist Todd Kerns (Slash, Toque, Heroes and Monsters)—will release their debut album, “Solsorte,” on Sept. 8, 2023.
The first single from the album, “Shut Up (You Know I Love You),” and its accompanying video, are out now; watch the video below. Pre-order “Solsorte” here.
“Todd and I have wanted to make a record for about 10 years now and we finally did it and it’s everything I hoped for,” declares Tracii Guns. “With the addition of Adam Hamilton, it’s pure magic. For live performances, Johnny Martin will play bass and Sam Bam Koltun will play guitar.”
“I’ve always been a great admirer of Tracii’s,” Kerns said. “When he approached me about this project, we were still in the throes of the pandemic and I really felt this deep need to make as much music as possible while we were all facing such an uncertain future. The record turned out to not only be a cathartic experience, it became some of my favorite music I’ve ever been a part of. It’s raw, it’s real and it rocks. I’m super excited for people to hear it.”
Adam Hamilton, a multi-instrumentalist who spent time in L.A. Guns and has produced albums by L.A. Guns, Vains of Jenna, George Lynch and more, rounds out the lineup on drums.
The seeds of Blackbird Angels were planted when Guns decided he wanted to write a rock ‘n’ roll record more directly influenced by the music he grew up worshipping as a teenager, i.e. Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton, Bad Company, late-’70s Journey and the like. He and Kerns were already friends, and Tracii felt Todd’s voice and bass playing would match perfectly with his vision.
“Solsorte” track list:
1. Shut Up (You Know I Love You)
2. Mine (All Mine)
3. Worth the Wait
4. Coming in Hot
5. On and On/Over and Over
6. Only Everything
7. Broken in Two
8. Better Than This
10. The Last Song
11. Scream Bloody Murder