The birth of PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS was at the legendary Wacken Festival in Germany, August 2016. Since then, the band have released a self-titled EP, played many headline shows and festivals around Europe and have completed 2 separate tours with SAXON throughout November/December 2016 and GUNS N’ ROSES in June 2017 where the band performed in front of hundreds of thousands of fans in some of the largest stadiums in Europe!
Alongside some other appearances at Hellfest, Sweden Rock, Download Spain and others the band spent the remainder of Summer 2017 recording their debut album. Titled »The Age Of Absurdity«, the album was recorded at Rockfield Studios and Longwave Studios in Wales and produced, engineered, and mixed by Romesh Dodangoda. The record was then passed over to the acclaimed Abbey Road Studios in London for mastering.
The album will feature eleven songs and one bonus track and will be released on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The first single ‘Ringleader’ is a hard hitting track, another blistering riff you would associate with Phil Campbell. The bonus track on the album is ‘Silver Machine’, a cover of the HAWKWIND track. The band even enlisted the guitars and vocals of Dave Brock from the legendary HAWKWIND.
Phil Campbell said: “I am really excited for the fans to hear our debut record. Every part of the process was done in Wales, from the writing, to the recording and even the artwork!”
Interview med Phil Campbell
What can the audience expect from the show?
“The audience can expect a bunch of new songs from our debut album “The Age Of Absurdity”, songs off our self titled EP, a bunch of my favourite Motörhead songs and maybe even the odd cover. A great night out for rock ‘n’ roll fans!”
What merch do you bring?
“We will have a bunch of new t-shirt designs including a tour t-shirt plus the usual hoodies, beanies, patches etc.”
Which song do you prefer performing live?
“At the moment I’m really enjoying playing “Dark Days” live which is off the album, such a fun song to play live!”
How have your most recent concerts been?
“We’ve had a bit of a break so far this year but the last bunch of shows we did in the UK with Airbourne were amazing, can’t wait to get back on the road!”
How it is like touring with your sons?
“It’s quite relaxing actually, after the shows we usually just watch comedies in the back room of the tour bus. We do enjoy the odd game of band a crew bowling though! I think Todd is the current bowling champion.”
Which live act (band and/or artist) is your favorite – and why?
“My favourite live act of all time will always be Rammstein but I’m looking forward to seeing and bumping into my mates Saxon and Judas Priest on the festival circuit this summer. I bought the new Saxon album the other day and it’s amazing. I have the Judas Priest album on pre order!”
How would you describe your new album, “The Age Of Absurdity?
“It’s a great mix of old fashioned and modern rock ‘n’ roll, one for all the family, from my family!”
What are your plans for the spring and the summer?
“We are touring Europe throughout February and March, then doing some UK dates with my good friends in Ugly Kid Joe then hitting the summer festival circuit. It’s gonna be a busy year!”