Badlands foi uma banda de Hard Rock fundada por Jake E. Lee, Ray Gillen e Eric Singer em Los Angeles.
Após a turnê do disco Ultimate Sin,com Ozzy Osbourne, Lee decidiu sair da banda de Ozzy e trabalhar em um novo projeto. Lee estava a procura de um front man de primeira. Ele encontrou Ray Gillen, que ficou por pouco tempo no Black Sabbath e que acabava de sair de um sucedido projeto chamado Phenomena. Após semanas, eles chamam Greg Chaisson no baixo e um amigo de Gillen que tocou com ele no Black Sabbath: Eric Singer, na bateria. Estava aí o Badlands formado.
A banda lança o disco Badlands em junho de 1989, com criticas muito boas. A banda grava os clips das musicas "Dreams in the Dark" e "Winter's Call", e ambas conseguiram destaque na MTV. Isso impulsionou o album a alcançar n# 57 na Billboard.
Eric Singer então sai, indo para o Kiss, substituir o falecido baterista Eric Carr. O Badlands então chamou Jeff Martin(Surgical Steel e Racer X) para assumir a bateria, e a banda lança o album Voodoo Highway em 1991, que não obteve o mesmo exito do primeiro e contendo críticas muito ruins. Durante o processo de gravação, Lee acusou Gillen de querer levar a banda para uma direção mais comercial. Entretanto, eles terminaram a turnê no Reino Unido.
A Morte de Gillen:
Após ter completado a turne no Reino Unido, Gillen foi demitido da banda. Lee insistiu a imprensa de que a banda continuaria com John West. Entretanto, a Atlantic Records, reincindiu o contrato com a banda. Gillen entao apareceu com a banda solo de George Lynch no album Sacred Groove. Após isso, ele formou a banda Sun Red Sun, com o guitarrsta Al Romano (Alice in Chains) o baixista Mike Starr, e o baterista Bobby Rondinelli. Mas o grupo se desligou, Gillen foi diagnosticado com o virus HIV. Em 3 de Dezembro de 1993, ele morreu na sua casa em Nova Jersey devido a complicações com a AIDS. Cinco anos depois, a banda lançou o cd Dusk, mas não fizeram turnê.
Badlands comes from Netherlands and plays among the best streetpunk I ever have heard since Cocksparrers best days. After many different things which happened during the way we finally have the interview eher.Please enjoy Eefs answer and buy their records…….September 2004. But it seems like they have split up but we really hope to hear them again somewhere, sometime…
Badlands started as a project of our singer (Victor) spring 2001. He recorded the "False Gestures" Cd with some studio musicians in spring 2002. Wouter from Rebellion Records, a good friend of Victor, released this album. In fact this was his first release.
The album sold well and Victor started searching for people to join Badlands, this was autumn 2002. First Niels, bass player of defunct Offside
(Oi!), joined on…. bass. Then Eef, guitars Offside, on rhythm guitar. And last Sander, drummer of CHV (fast punk), picked up the drum sticks.
Badlands now was a band instead of a project and gigs were played.
In spring 2003 the second album "the Hands of Time" was recorded and released on Rebellion in Cd format and Bandworm (Ger) in Lp format.
This album also sold very well and GMM Records (USA) took interest in the band. They decided to sign Badlands and released "the Hands of Time" in the USA. Spring 2004 we went again into the studio to record the third album "the Killing Kind", also released on Rebellion Records. 500 Cd's were sold in one single week, the Lp version was released in July. In the meanwhile the first Cd was released on vinyl by True Force Records(Spain).
Badlands played gigs in Holland, Belgium, Germany and England. With bands like Section 5, Discipline, On File, Headcase, Tech 9, Discipline, Streetdogs, Blood for Blood, Backfire etc.
GMM records offered the band a deal to come over to the USA in October and play the Beerolympics festival in Atlanta with bands like the Last Resort,
Anti-Heroes etc. July 2004 Badlands played their last gig at a big punk/hardcore festival with Blood for Blood, Street Dogs etc. Victor wants to start something new, more challenging musically, cause he gets bored playing the same songs for years. Niels also was not keen on continuing.
September 2004: Victor is busy with school and has still no new band. Niels and Eef play in a new band (no name yet) with ex-members of defunct Offside and Best Wishes (hardcore).
Please tell me a little about every member , age, work, family, interests and something bad about every one?
-Victor, Solo guitar, Singer and writes the music/lyrics. Age 21. Student
(something with music). Niels, Bass. Age 29. Installator for Coax Cables.
Sander. Drums. Age 32. Driver delivering tv's, washing machines etc.
Eef. Rhythem guitar. Age 25. Chemicall Proces Operator.
Music is our main interest… listening, playing going to gigs.
Bad things? We're all nice guys… yeah right!
Badlands, where do the name come from(I always think of a Bruce Springsteen song because of the name)?
-Well, to be honest I don't know. Victor did choose the name. It's also the name of a Bruisers song so….. who knows.
Netherlands , how is it to play music like yours there?
-As a pure Oi! band it is difficult to play in the Netherlands. All the clubs, pubs who once did Oi gigs no longer do them. In most cases because of all the figths. We play a sligthly different sound and have not that much problems to get a gig. But this means we are often asked to play with hardcore bands, which we don't like as no one of us is into hardcore music.
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Melodic street rock.
I compare you a little to Cocksparrer much depending on the singers voice, comments?
-Well, thank you, Cocksparrer is a very good band everyone likes them! Much on behalf of the singers unique voice. Our singer has, I think,a slightly different voice but he also puts a lot of melody in the songs. As Cocksparrer we're also having success because of Victor's great vocals. For the music we're a bit louder I think!
Why do the singer(you) sing so good?
-Because he was lucky to be born with a good voice! He never had singin lessons.
Which other bands are you being compared to?
-Social Distortion, Skrewdriver, Cocksparrer, Vogelfrei. Not a bad list, ha ha!! The sound live is a bit harder then on record. When we just started we played with almost no distortion, in the Templars, Skrewdriver way. Later on, between the 2nd and 3th record, we turned up the distortion and played mainly the faster/harder songs because the audience was to lame. But most people who had never heard us on record said a lot of songs are very Skrewdriver(early years) alike when they heard us live.
How is life in Netherlands otherwise, I mean politically and so on?
-Life is good here. I think we are all very lucky to be born here. There is almost no unemployment, good health/care system (for the time being…) etc. Lot of things are better arranged then in countries around us! On the other hand our country is small and in some regions live loads of people on a few square kilometers… this ofcourse causes tension ….
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