WARRANT guitarist Erik Turner was interviewed by rock journalist Mitch Lafon for a recent edition of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast (Facebook page). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the progress of the songwriting sessions for WARANT's follow-up to the 2011 album "Rockaholic":
"There's a lot of riffs, a lot of laying down ideas on our home studios. I think Robert's [Mason, vocals] actually put vocals on a couple of demos — at least one that I've heard, maybe two. But it's a slow go with us when it comes to writing. We're really great at getting out on the road and touring and playing live. And we love all that stuff. I think it might be the challenge that we live in three different states, it might be the challenge that we play live so often that we don't have time to make a record. But there's definitely a lot of songs, ideas going around. There's a second option on Frontiers Records for us to do another CD, so there's a budget there when we're finally ready. But we're slowly but surely moving towards new music in the future — very slowly."
On whether it still makes sense for a band like WARRANT to make a new studio album as opposed to just continuing to perform live:
"I think it does make sense to do it — not because, 'oh, we're gonna have a gold record and make a bunch of money.' It makes sense just in keeping the band in a more… I don't know what the word is I'm looking for. It's a marketing tool… Yeah, a new CD would be a great marketing tool, story to talk about WARRANT and keep our name out there. And, of course, we love making new music. We had a blast when we finally made 'Rockaholic'; it was a great experience, and we're really proud of that CD. As far as musically being satisfied, Jerry [Dixon, bass] and I started a company called Down Boys Music and we have a group of composers. Of course, Jerry is one of the composers, as well as I, and we're writing constantly and recording constantly for different television programs. So we're getting to play our guitars and create music weekly. And hearing them on different TV shows is gratifying as well. So, as far as playing and keeping our chops up, we're constantly … Between touring and writing and recording at home for television, [we're always doing something]."
At the helm for "Rockaholic" was mega-producer Keith Olsen (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, SCORPIONS), while the mixing duties were handled by Pat Regan (KISS, DEEP PURPLE, TED NUGENT).
Former WARRANT singer Jani Lane suffered from "acute ethanol poisoning" when he died in August 2011 at a Comfort Inn motel room in Woodland Hills, California. The singer had battled alcoholism for years and also had a history of alcohol-related arrests.
Lane originally left WARRANT in March 1993 but rejoined the band in September 1994. The group went on to record the "Ultraphobic" (1995), "Belly To Belly" (1996) and "Greatest & Latest" (1999) albums and issued and collection of covers, "Under The Influence", in 2001. Jani quit WARRANT again in 2004 before reuniting with the group four years later.