Skid Row hasn't released a new album in eight years. But that doesn't mean there's been a shortage of new music from the New Jersey rock troupe.
Instead the quintet has been putting out EPs -- the first, "United World Rebellion: Chapter One," last year and the new "Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebelion: Chapter Two" earlier this month. A third is expected out in 2015 as well.
"It's a really awesome way of doing things for us being that we don't live down the street from each other anymore, or even in the same state," explains bassist Rachel Bolan. "I think it's cool for our fans, too. In a day of information overflow to have five songs, you don't have to commit to a whole, long album.
"Creatively, it keeps things fresh; we're out there playing more and giving our fans more new music more often. This is a band that can get lazy really quick, so this keeps you on your toes. If you take six years between albums, you can get complacent sometimes. We really like working in short bursts like this."
Life has started imitating art around the United World Rebellion theme, meanwhile. Bolan, 48 (real name James Southworth) says that the group has been surprised and gratified to see fans buying into the concept and starting "sectors" of the Damnation Army all over the world.
"We came up with this idea of United World Rebellion, and it's united a lot of people together," he notes. "Someone in Finland would start the street team, then Japan, New York -- we're watching them all come to life in front of us, and the common thread is Skid Row. We'll see fans from Italy who invite fans from Brazil to hang out because they've started sectors and started communicating with each other through social media.
"It's like, 'Wow, we're bringing our fans from different parts of the world together,' so the United part is really working. It's just a really cool thing."
Tesla, Skid Row, Winger and Firehouse
5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22
Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights
Tickets are $45 and $35 pavilion, $10 lawn in advance ($20 day of show)
Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net
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