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A 58-second audio snippet of the song “Time Will Tell” from SWEET/LYNCH — the new band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (T&N, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (S.U.N., WHITESNAKE) — can be streamed using the audio player below. (Note: The name STILL was briefly considered for this project but was ultimately abandoned in favor of SWEET/LYNCH.)
SWEET/LYNCH‘s debut album will be released in early 2015 via Frontiers. The band’s first lyric video for the song “September” — a tribute to the victims of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York — will be made available on September 11.
Sweet told Guitar International about SWEET/LYNCH: “It was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino at Frontiers Records. He asked me to basically sing on this record and then I suggested producing it. I co-wrote the songs with George. I called Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo to put the band together. It’s an incredible combination of classic ’70s and ’80s. You will hear some flavors of JOURNEY, BAD COMPANY, DOKKEN, VAN HALEN and STRYPER.”
He added: “I love this CD. I’m super excited for people to hear this CD. I’m so proud of it.
“James and Brian are amazing musicians. They tore it up. The drums and bass are just as impressive as the guitars. Everybody really delivered… The musicianship level on this is top notch. It sounds as if we were all in the stuff playing together and we were not. Basically, George wrote some riffs about a minute to a minute and a half long. I wrote lyrics and melodies then arranged them. I cut and pasted them together in the studio. Then Brian and James came out and tracked the drums and bass, as well as some rhythm stuff. We then sent it to George to add the guitars.”
Asked if there will be any live dates in support of the album, Sweet said: “We are one million percent sure there will be a tour.”