13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stephen Pearcy’s solo joints always boast flavors distinct from Ratt’s street-tough hair metal, and 2017’s Smash is no exception. The slow-grooving rocker “I Know I’m Crazy” is nestled inside woozy psychedelic guitars and synths, while the acoustic-heavy “What Do Ya Think” unloads tasty Zeppelin-influenced slide work and funky swagger. The riff-slasher “Ten Miles Wide” is the closest Pearcy comes to old-school Ratt, but even that’s got idiosyncratic touches, including crisp power pop harmonies streaking through the chorus.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stephen Pearcy’s solo joints always boast flavors distinct from Ratt’s street-tough hair metal, and 2017’s Smash is no exception. The slow-grooving rocker “I Know I’m Crazy” is nestled inside woozy psychedelic guitars and synths, while the acoustic-heavy “What Do Ya Think” unloads tasty Zeppelin-influenced slide work and funky swagger. The riff-slasher “Ten Miles Wide” is the closest Pearcy comes to old-school Ratt, but even that’s got idiosyncratic touches, including crisp power pop harmonies streaking through the chorus.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Love it

MarkAZ888

Loving the new music. Pearcy and the band sound great. Looking forward to the release of the completed album!

Awesome!

MCRUE78

So far so awesome! This going to be a fantastic album, Pearcy and the boys are tearing it up!.....Job well done guys

Pearcy!

Metalheadmitch

If SEP release a new cd it's always great these songs are no different! Always rockin!

About Stephen Pearcy

Stephen Pearcy jet-rocketed to multi-platinum success in the mid-'80s as the lead vocalist for hair metal band Ratt. His long-running career began in Los Angeles during the early '80s fronting Ratt. The band released its self-titled debut independently in 1983, just as the so-called hair metal scene was gaining momentum, led by such bands as Mötley Crüe and Quiet Riot. Like these bands, Ratt was both flamboyant and rebellious, and Pearcy's screaming vocals and dolled-up looks helped the band stand out among its many peers. Atlantic Records recognized Ratt's potential and signed the band to a contract, resulting in the 1984 album Out of the Cellar, which became a mammoth success, led by the pop-metal hit "Round and Round."

In subsequent years, Ratt continued to release successful albums and perform sold-out shows, yet when the hair metal scene withered away in the early '90s -- and the band with it -- Pearcy decided to start anew. His new venture, Arcade (1993-1994), didn't sound much different than Ratt, and he soon found himself starting over once again with the industrial metal band Vertex (1996) and then yet again with the straightforward metal band Vicious Delite (2000) after a short-lived Ratt reunion in 1997. By this point, Pearcy had slowly descended into relative obscurity, but he refused to quit. He began his own label, Top Fuel, aligned it with the L.A.-based Triple X label, and began issuing archival material such as Before and Laughter (2000), a collection of odds and ends from his past. He followed with Social Intercourse in 2002, his first proper solo album. By this point, Pearcy's reputation had blossomed a bit thanks to a curious renewed interest in '80s hair metal. However, Pearcy took a decidedly different musical direction with 2005's Fueler, which sounds more akin to alternative metal bands such as Godsmack than hair metal. The all-acoustic album Stripped arrived in 2006, followed in 2008 by Under My Skin, which featured a guest spot from the Donnas. Ratt returned in 2010 with the release of Infestation, the first studio album from the group since 1999. Pearcy's fourth solo LP, Smash, arrived in 2017 via Frontiers Records. ~ Jason Birchmeier

  • ORIGIN
    San Diego, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    July 3, 1956

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