The beginnings of a new band started as a guitarist joined a tour with a guy that just so happened to had been in one of the biggest bands in the world at one point. The band on tour was Adler’s Appetite led by former Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler. Guitarist Lonny Paul and Steven became best friends as they toured. Not long after they returned home, Lonny and singer Jacob Bunton ran into Steven at a club and soon they were jamming. The instant chemistry stoked a fire within Steven to start something new. This is how ‘Adler’ was born and the results on ‘Back From the Dead’ are nothing less than a fresh new sound and a vibe that screams success.
Adler is drummer Steven Adler, guitarist Lonny Paul, bassist Johnny Martin, and vocalist Jacob Bunton. The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former band mate Slash, and Rob Zombie/ ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5. Jeff Pilson played on and helped produce the album.
Make no mistake; this is no GNR rehash or anything close to it. The sound is intense and you can hear the chemistry on all 11-tracks on the album. There isn’t a bad song and by simply watching the video, you can see that the band has that ‘It’ factor. Check out the video to the left and get this CD that dropped on November 26th; your car and home sound system will thank you.
Take a moment to read what Steven Adler had to say about the band below.
Adler – Back From The Dead track listing
- Back From The Dead
- Own Worst Enemy
- Another Version of the Truth
- The One That You Hated
- Good to be Bad
- Just Don’t Ask
- Blown Away
- Your Diamonds
- Dead Wrong
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Interview with Steven Adler
Your new group, Adler, just released your first album. Before we get to that can you talk about how the band came together to begin with?
Steven – Well, our guitar player Lonny Paul joined my last version of “Adler’s Appetite” 2 weeks before the last summer tour. We spent 2 months on the bus together and became best friends. When we got back home, he played me some tunes he wrote and it inspired to me start a new project. So, I let everyone go (including management) except for Lonny. I said “let’s start a new band”.
Lonny was out one night at “The Key Club” and ran into his friend Jay Ruston, who ended up mixing our record. Lonny told Jay we were looking for a singer to start a new project and Jay introduced Jacob to Lonny. Lonny texted me that night and said “I found our singer”.
Lonny also brought Jeff Pilson into the project as producer. Jeff also played bass on the record and is considered the 5th member of the band. After the record was recorded, Lonny introduced me to our current bass player Johnny Martin. Evidently, they had been friends a while.
Adler is really just a brand new band that happens to kick ass on its own, so any comparisons to anything else are going to be off, inevitable as they are, does that bother you guys at all?
Steven – We knew going into this that there would be comparisons to GNR. As I’m sure it is with all of the original GNR members, but when you were in a band that big, that is expected. So we decided in our new band “ADLER” to simply concentrate on writing and recording a great record and let all the other stuff work itself out.
What is your take on the sound and look you guys have and did it all just fall in place or was there an idea ahead of time?
Steven – We didn’t really plan anything out, which is why I think we all get along. Everything feels natural. Like I said, we just concentrated on cool tunes and the rest fell into place.
You can see the bands aura shine on ‘The One That You Hated’ video, there is electricity with Adler. There also isn’t a bad tune on the album! A couple of songs that get stuck on my replay are ‘Another Version of the Truth’ and ‘Blown Away’.
Steven – Thank you!!! I love these guys and what I’m doing. It’s a bonus that other people can see and hear what I do.
I see Jeff Pilsons’ name again, that guy just seems to get so much out of people in the studio and is working with so many musicians. You guys had him record the bass and had several guests including Slash. How was it recording the album and working with these guests?
Steven – Jeff is a dream producer. He made us all feel very comfortable so we could concentrate on recording a great record. Sometimes the studio environment can be stale, and intimidating. But Jeff made us feel right at home. Slash and John 5 came in and did what they do best which is why they are both so revered and respected as musicians. I loved making this record with the people I love and hopefully the listener will hear that in every song.
It’s cool that you are still friends with your old band mates, have you guys ever discussed touring together with all of your current bands on the same bill? That would be exceptional.
Steven – Duff’s band “Loaded” and our band “ADLER” are doing some dates in Japan together. We would love nothing more than for Slash and/or Izzy’s band to join us. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
What advice would you give to a musician trying to break out in a small city and area?
Steven – Don’t try to follow any trends, just concentrate on writing great songs and knowing your instrument. All the other stuff will fall into place.
I see that you might tour with Duff’s band, when will we see Adler on tour in the States and more importantly in Syracuse, NY?
Steven – Our manager and agents are working on stuff as we speak. We’ll announce things as we can.
Lastly, thanks again for this and here is where you can say what you will to the readers and fans.
Steven – Thank you for all the love and support I’ve been getting. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. I feel energized and excited!!