Live To Fight Another Day

The Feckers in association with The Feckers Productions are very happy to announce that our 2nd album will be released late in 2019….
Project Co-Ordination by Richard Anderson & Chris Szkup
Produced and Arranged by Chris Szkup
Co-Produced & Mixed by Dennis Leeflang
Artwork by Dan Verkys based upon a concept by Richard Anderson
This album is dedicated in loving memory of Bysh Szkup and William Work, men of a certain breed who taught us to believe in ourselves and to go for it and not let anyone tell us no.

Track List/Credits:

1. Love Them Or Hate Them (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
Lead Vocals: Roy Bratbakken
Backing Vocals: Roy Bratbakken, Chris Szkup, Richard Anderson & Rob Smith
Guitars: Chris Szkup & Ponch Satrio
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Tony Franklin

“Lyrically this song started off when Chris had a comment in one of his emails to me and I said to him that it would make a great line in a song….so we went and wrote an epic piece of rockin’ metal. This song has an almost uncouth punky element to it too. Roy did an amazing job knocking off the lead vocal, which turned out to be the first one completed for the album.
Rob and I had a few laughs working on the backing vocals – sessions with him tend to be 50% hard work and 50% cracking up laughing, that’s why I enjoy it so much.
Tony Franklin and I first discussed working on something in 2012 when we were writing tracks for this album, not knowing when it would come together, how outstanding that he was a man of his word and not only did he make himself available, he did an incredible job and knocked out his bass tracks in very quick fashion. Heavy songs I prefer to have a bit of groove, swagger if you will – this definitely has, some of those bass run ideas Tony added to the tune really were quite genius!”

2. Devil’s Lament (R.Smith, C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
Lead Vocals: Roy Bratbakken
Backing Vocals: Roy Bratbakken, Chris Szkup, Richard Anderson, Rob Smith, Mark “Chopper” Smith & Jordy Gibson
Guitars: Chris Szkup & Tommy Denander
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Tony Franklin

“Chris and I were working on some backing vocal ideas when we received an email from Rob with the original instrumental demo of this song attached, with the request that “something for you guys to have a play around with maybe?”, well we wound up not only writing the words but knocked up a vocal demo in the same sitting, which was interesting in itself as I had the job of coaching Chris in the art of hitting those high ballers Rob style (although I can never lay claim to actually being able to hit them like those guys). It was a fun session.
We always knew that Roy was going to be the man to sing this one…all we told him was to stick to the lyric and throw your weight around vocally….We knew that we had to have fun with the arrangement, so there are solos for days and we really beefed up the bodgy backing vocals. This track features the recording debuts of both my daughter Jordy and my best mate Chopper – they’re there in the backing vocals along with Chris, Rob and myself. It was really special to be able to have them both on the song.
I recall asking Chopper if he had any issues with swearing on disc, he said he had no problem as he swears like a pirate – so that was a done deal as far as I was concerned. How cool to have so many of my favourite people on the one song? it had to happen eventually.
I got hold of Tommy at the end of June and then by the beginning of July we had at an ungodly time received his lead guitar track – what a phenomenal effort, I really only ever knew Tommy for his beautiful melodic playing so asked him if he would be up for something a bit rockier and he was right into it, he said he had great fun playing on this track, which you can hear in both his and Chris’ guitar playing.
Tony Franklin’s bad ass fretless bass and Dennis’ drumming…a perfect team up. I have really enjoyed communicating with Tony, he’s a cool cat – and very supportive of what we are about musically. I look forward to working with him further (he’ll be back on the next album)”

3. Out Here In The Real World (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
Lead Vocals: Roy Bratbakken
Backing Vocals: Roy Bratbakken
Rhythm Guitars: Chris Szkup & Sudev “Nockas” Bangah
Lead & Acoustic Guitars: Chris Szkup
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Reese Morin
Piano/Organ: Paul Jolley

“A song all about independence, freedom and how we should all have the balls to grab whatever amount of it we can. I thought about changing the lyric as it seemed a bit cheesy compared to some of the more powerful wording of some of the other songs, but then figured why not have that point of difference? Chris and I tend to write very tongue in cheek type songs, so in the end I decided to leave it as is.
Testament to it being an okay song, Chris has performed it live acoustically a few times and it really does work in that format, as well as it should as that’s how it was written originally, as were a few of the other songs on the album. I had originally had another singer lined up to record the lead vocal but as often happens, plans change….and who better to send the cheeky shit stuff to than Roy?
It was great that we were able to find a slot for our pal Nockas as he had been very keen to be a part of the throng for this album and we were stoked that he would be able to as he’s a very busy guy.”

4. In These Quiet Moments (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
Lead Vocals: Richard Anderson
Backing Vocals: Chris Szkup
Acoustic Guitars, Ukulele: Chris Szkup
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Reese Morin
Harmonica: Trent Williamson

“I wrote this lyric originally with GONE WILD in mind as we had been in discussions about working on a 3rd album at one point, but when Chris and I were looking for something to mess around with it just had that Feckers attitude running through it – take a beer and add a riff and this is what we come up with? we should definitely write together like that a lot more often.
Musically this song was very much inspired by Glenn Hughes, Chris and I had immediately become fans of Black Country Communion their first album had come out when we wrote this song, subliminally I think that contributed to this soulful rocker type thing we have going on with this tune, I would say that this is a nod and definitely not a rip-off…I wouldn’t even dare to consider myself a millionth the talent that Glenn is, but I do think it was cool to show our influence of something altogether different than what we have on other projects in the past.
I really digged the fact that we didn’t go the safe route with this one and just electric it up, what Chris has done with the acoustic/slide guitar mix was enough, there is an undeniable beauty in the playing, so we felt let’s be okay with that, let’s not push things into a case of needing to do anything, there is no need – we only need satisfy ourselves artistically, we have done that – mission accomplished.
I’m pretty sure this is a song that will get performed live a few times.”

5. Live To Fight Another Day (R.Anderson, C.Szkup)
Lead Vocals: Richard Anderson & Chris Szkup
Backing Vocals: Richard Anderson, Chris Szkup, Lydia Salnikova & Rob Smith
Lead & Acoustic Guitars: Chris Szkup
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Neil Murray
Piano/Organ: Paul Jolley

“This is a song of reckoning; I like to write songs about sticking up for oneself. I guess thematically this is the sister tune to “Master Of My Own Destiny” from The Feckers first album. Chris did a killer job with the arrangement and made it as epic as I had hoped it would be. My only proviso was that whoever was going to sing it had better not fuck it up, hopefully we haven’t.
I had this vision of recording this song with different vocalists present, Chris sent me a great demo that quite frankly his vocal on it was never going to be surpassed so I told him do not mess with it as I would like that to be what winds up on the album – it seems to have been a good decision. We had thought about having a different version of this track with different singers taking a verse each, but I really liked what we came up with so we have left it, this is THE version.
It was a huge honour for us to be able to work with the legendary Neil Murray, I had approached him about the possibility a few years back and true to his word he came through for us – it was a real pinch myself moment coming home from work to see an email from Neil to say he had completed his bass track, I’m a huge Gary Moore and Whitesnake fan, as I know Roy Bratbakken is too, so we feel very privileged to have worked with Neil for those CV entries of his alone.
When it came to adding the backing vocals, I had an idea of how I wanted it to sound so gave Rob Smith some notes on what I thought could work, admirably he did not disappoint. But we did still need some female high harmony vocals – I did have a plan, but like a lot of things in The Feckers world, those plans changed. I recalled that I had approached Lydia Salnikova back in 2014 with a plan to work on an entirely different thing – having checked out her huge repertoire of music I decided to see if she was up for it on this song, pleasingly she liked what she heard and said she was in!”

6. King A.W.O.L (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
Lead Vocals & Backing Vocals: Raphael Gazal
Lead & Acoustic Guitars: Chris Szkup
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Matteo Bucca
Piano: Paul Jolley

“We were throwing around a few oddball song titles and wrote this song at Chris’ old place in Yarraville, I’d already worked up a lyric and all it needed was some music – it was the first tune we actually wrote in the presence of one another’s company – it was just a matter of me plunking away on Chris’ acoustic and then him hearing what I was playing and making some sense of it and extending upon it so well as Chris does. It was fun just jamming on the idea and coming up with what I think is quite an infectious melody…it’s all so very tongue in cheek.
One thing I really love about the recording of this song is that all the guys sound like they are having fun.”

7. Pardon Me (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
Lead Vocals: Raphael Gazal
Backing Vocals: Raphael Gazal, Chris Szkup, Richard Anderson
Guitars: Chris Szkup & Edo Van Der Kolk
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Reese Morin

“While working on the first album we started throwing around some ideas with regards the future – I wrote the lyric for this song especially for Roy to sing, at one point he was going to put music together, but somehow the demo never came, so Chris stole my words for this heavy as hell music he just happened to be working on that it fit.
Edo was one of the first people that said they would be happy to take part as a special guest on this album, it’s always a pleasure to converse and to rock with him, I know he is great friends with Dennis, but both Chris and I respect him a lot as a person too.”

8. This Is What We Do (R.Smith)
Lead Vocals & Backing Vocals: Raphael Gazal
Guitars: Chris Szkup & Ponch Satrio
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Reese Morin

“One of those rare times where we have a Feckers song that pops up that neither Chris or myself wrote. This song was written in the 80’s and may have been performed live a number of times by The Candles, a previous band that Rob was in with his brother Phil – unfortunately The Candles never recorded this number – so we thought we would right some history here and knock this bugger off.”

 

9. Never Too Old To Rock (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
Lead Vocals: Raphael Gazal
Backing Vocals: Chris Szkup & Richard Anderson
Guitars: Chris Szkup & Pat Valley
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Reese Morin

“We felt it cool that we could include this AC/DC-inspired rocker. A bit of fun was had putting this one together, originally Roy Bratbakken was going to write the lyric and sing it but he was having issues with trying to get anything with a positive vibe going on, which is clearly what the music needed, and got – with Roy’s blessing.
Raphael Gazal is a brand new addition to The Feckers clan, a classic rock/metal vocalist/musician/producer from Brazil – a really kickass guy who happily agreed to the idea of making and being in the video for this song (along with a host of other friends/family). We’ll definitely be working with Raphael on more material and are in fact including him in the line-up for the next 2 or 3 projects.”

10. Walk To Destiny (A.Spectre, R.Anderson, arr: C.Szkup)
Lead Vocals: Alexey Spectre
Backing Vocals: Alexey Spectre
Guitars: Chris Szkup
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Tony Franklin
Piano/Organ: Paul Jolley

“Having worked with Alexey on a few things, including the first The Feckers album and also our as yet unreleased side project Method In The Madness, I know just how good he is at the character driven songs….so we definitely had to go there with this track. This song is a bit of a poetic commentary on the state of the world we live in. The original demo was very keyboard heavy, so we called in the big gun to help make it a happening thing.”

 

11. Don’t Mind If We Do (C.Szkup, R.Anderson)
Lead Vocals: Raphael Gazal
Backing Vocals: Chris Szkup, Richard Anderson, Kayla Driskel
Rhythm Guitars: Chris Szkup & Matt Szkup
Lead Guitars: Chris Szkup & Ponch Satrio
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Chris Szkup

“This song was written for The Feckers but TCSO recorded their version that remains unreleased, we felt we needed to turn back the clock a bit and get the version of this that we had always intended – the same thing will apply for another track called “So What?” that will appear on our next album.”

 

 

12. Between Good & Evil (R.Anderson, C.Szkup)
Lead Vocals: Chris Szkup
Backing Vocals: Chris Szkup, Richard Anderson, Rob Smith, Kayla Driskel
Guitars: Chris Szkup & Ponch Satrio
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Jonathan Noyce
Piano/Organ: Paul

“The last track written for the album, it had to be rocky – I wrote this lyric with both Roy and myself in mind – it’s semi-biographical in a sense.”

 

 

 

13. So What (R.Anderson, C.Szkup)
Lead Vocals: Raphael Gazal
Backing Vocals: Chris Szkup, Richard Anderson, Stephen “The Titman” Titter, Kyle Work-Baldwin, Pacey Winiata-Martin
Lead Guitars: Chris Szkup & Mathew Szkup
Lead Guitars: Chris Szkup & Ponch Satrio
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
Bass: Reese Morin

Bonus Track/s:
14. Mean Man (WASP Cover)
Lead Vocals: Tuğra Ismail
Backing Vocals: Alexey Spectre & Chris Szkup
Guitars, Bass: Chris Szkup
Rhythm Guitar: Mathew Szkup
Drums: Dennis Leeflang
*note that the actual song order may (probably will) differ.

 

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