Music video by Syndicate performing Shout. (C) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd.
Sydney five-headed rock and roll monster Syndicate (formerly the NEXT) have been busy in preparation for their as-yet-untitled new album, due early 2011.
Syndicate have been living the rock and roll fairytale... Five young local rockers pushing along the pub scene, working their craft with fierce professional desire, are plucked from the throng and whisked off to bustling Los Angeles to work with some of the biggest names in music.
The band hasn’t scrimped on pulling together the album their fans are waiting for with baited breath. Recorded in Los Angeles with the likes of Jeff Blue (Linkin Park, Matchbox 20, Korn, Limp Bizkit, The Last Goodnight), Brandon Friesen (Nickelback, Comeback Kid, Sum 41, The Music) and Scott Humphrey (Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Andrew WK, The Cult), the producing credentials alone have got press and public roaring with excitement for the finished product.
“We recorded in Tranzformer studio with Bryan Carlstrom (The Offspring, Alice in Chains, Social Distortion). He was super cool, very professional” says Greg Agar, frontman. “Then Matt Sorum (drummer; Velvet Revolver, Guns and Roses, The Cult); we went to his house for two weeks and tracked in his studio. Then we went to Tommy Lee’s home studio in Calabasas! We spent three months working on the album in total. Two months in LA and then a month in Sydney at Sony studios. It was a pretty full-on experience. A lot of people don’t realize how much work goes into a record like this. We did a minimum of ten hour days with a fair share of seventeen, eighteen hours days as well. It was a strenuous process, but we’re really proud of the final product and there’s nothing else we’d rather be doing”
Having released their smash EP, Light of Day to critical and public acclaim, the boys decided to approach the creation of a full-length album differently... “Light of Day was a lot of fun to record, they were songs that we’d been playing live for a while. So when we approached this album, we decided to record all new material. All the songs except for Bring It On and Falling Apart were written specifically for this record. We wanted to end up with an album that would not only capture our sound but define who we are.”
Inspiration is the key word in the Syndicate ethos. The band, singularly and collectively, play with such conviction and passion that their inspired performances (both on record and on stage) are instantly enjoyable. Head-banging, fist-pumping, tear-your-rock-jeans-off exciting from start to finish.
Such is the reason that they attracted such rock ‘n’ roll bigwigs like Brent Fitz (Slash, Alice Cooper, Theory of a Deadman), Gil Sharone (Dillinger Escape Plan, Stolen Babies, Puscifer), Rowan Robertson (Dio) and Matt Sorum to guest on the album.
Another key player in the Syndicate game is legendary US songwriter Diane Warren, who has written classics for the likes of Meatloaf, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Chicago and scores more. She gifted the dynamic tracks When You Hurt and How I Got By to the band.
From the hard rock head-banger of Bring It On and the driving pop rock of Shout and All My Life; to the heartfelt piano balladry of Falling Apart and the sneering punk snarl of My Mom Hates Me, the Syndicate boys have thrown away the rock and roll rule book and begun tearing their own hole in the music world.
SYNDICATE ARE: Greg Agar | Kris Petersen | Jimi May | Shayn Hawley | Jason Russo
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