The official music video for “Shock”, the title track of the new album from Sacramento, California rockers TESLA, can be seen below. Released on March 8 via UMe, the follow-up to 2014’s “Simplicity” was produced and co-written by DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen and is available on CD, digital, black vinyl, and limited-edition translucent blue vinyl formats.
TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon told Classic Rock about the “Shock” title track: “We thought it was a great title for the song, but then it felt like the title for the album as well. When we recorded it, we were, like, ‘Our fans might like this, they might not like it, or they might be shocked by it.’ It’s got some of the most meticulous production that we’ve ever had on a song, and that’s all because of Phil. He was a real coach throughout the record-making process, very positive and encouraging. He alleviated a lot of pressure for us, and he helped end a lot of arguments of debates.”
Collen previously co-wrote and produced the TESLA song “Save That Goodness”, which was released in August 2016 and included on the “Mechanical Resonance Live!” album.
Hannon told Billboard about recording “Shock” with Collen: “This is the first time that we’ve really allowed another person, a producer to really be involved to the extent that Phil Collen was, like a sixth band member. We weren’t really gonna make a new album; After ‘Simplicity’, it didn’t seem like there was any point. But Phil really motivated us. We’re definitely kindred spirits with DEF LEPPARD, and [Collen] brought in a lot of production techniques and a lot of organization that they learned from Mutt Lange.”
“Shock” was recorded piecemeal, Hannon said, mostly while TESLA was touring with DEF LEPPARD. “We would do it in hotel rooms,” he said. “We would do it in the lobbies of hotels, in little conference rooms, with a computer. We would do it backstage, in hotel rooms on days off, just in little pieces. And [Collen] would help us orchestrate and organize all the pieces. He helped us write lyrics. He helped us arrange. He would work with each guy individually and help them bring out their ideas…and then really put the finishing touches on the songs with his input.”
TESLA‘s current lineup includes four of the five original members: Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums). Guitarist Dave Rude joined in 2006 as the replacement for Tommy Skeoch.
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