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Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats

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Remember the good old days, when jazz-fusion wasn’t all about showing off your chops, and was more about creating sweeping moods, and the importance of songwriting? Well, the Bombastic Meatbats certainly remember those days. Having obviously studied the classic early-to-mid ‘70s recordings of such fusion greats as Return to Forever and Jeff Beck, the group (which includes such members as Grammy winning Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith, plus guitarist Jeff Kollman, keyboardist Ed Roth, and bassist Kevin Chown), is back with their sophomore full-length album. Aptly titled, “More Meat,” the album is a follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, “Meet the Meatbats,” and once more, is released by Warrior Records via Universal Music Group Distribution.

‘“More Meat’ is just that…it has much more music on the bone,” quips Smith. “We stretched out more, the playing is more tighter, and there’s a more improved recorded sound, haha!” “There is a new depth to the songs and the band has it’s own vibe,” adds Roth. “We have all played live together so much that the band has really found it’s sound. Since so much of this group is interplay and listening, it was important that this time around when recording we were set up so that we could really hear ourselves and each other well. This contributed to some very strong performances.”

Smith originally crossed paths with Kollman and Roth via their mutual association with legendary singer/bassist Glenn Hughes (Smith is best friends with Hughes and he, Kollman and Roth act as his solo band).

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