Continuing our celebration of
19 years of music entertainment... From Issue 158, June 2013
VolBeat – Outlaw Gentlemen
band VolBeat, fresh off the success
of 2010's "Beyond Hell/Above
Heaven," which featured three No. 1
rock radio hits, "A Warrior's Call",
"Still Counting" and "Heaven Nor
Hell," has just released "Outlaw
Gentlemen & Shady Ladies." The
album is an evolution of rock
melodies contained in a pseudo
western motif. Bold and
Imaginative, “Outlaw Gentlemen” is
currently running up the charts
powered by singles, “Cape of Our
Hero" and "The Hangman's Body
with success has come change.
In November 2011, guitarist Thomas
Bredahl parted company with the
band. But it didn’t take long
for Volbeat to find a replacement in
the guise of former Anthrax
guitarist Rob Caggiano who was
coincidently hired to help produce
“Outlaw Gentlemen.” Upon
entering the studio, the chemistry
between Caggiano and the rest of the
band was inspiring and obvious.
VolBeat soon offered him the job.
DaBelly spoke to Rob Caggiano about
this somewhat unusual combination of
Danish rock and American metal.
Congratulations on the new album,
"Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies."
Let’s take a moment and talk about
it. I read that you were
originally brought in as the
producer on the project.
Well basically VolBeat approached me
about producing the new record after
I left Anthrax. Of course I
was excited with the opportunity and
I thought that we could make a great
record. So when I agreed to
come out to Copenhagen, the first
session I sat down with Michael
(Poulsen) to go over new material.
So he showed me the new ideas and
the new tunes and all his stuff was
really great. There were a few
songs that weren’t totally finished
and Michael asked if I had any ideas
for the song or what I would put
here. Of course I had tons of
ideas and we started collaborating –
going back and forth. It was
just fun. There was some
really cool creative chemistry.
And I think that was the catalyst
for later when the guys asked me to
join the band. Just our
chemistry during that session and
the fact that we clicked so well.
That’s fascinating given that your
musical background is so different
than what VolBeat had been doing.
So you ended up in the studio and
tracked the entire album with them.
Yeah, the whole thing.
Actually two weeks into the
recording the guys asked me to join
the band. That really changed
the whole my whole approach. I
went from being solely just the
producer to becoming the guitar
player and it opened up a whole new
world as far as what we were able to
try and do as far as my
I’m sure it gave you a completely
different mindset as far as the
record itself. Mentally you
went from offering ideas to the
songs being something that you were
going to play on stage.
ended up being my guitar in the left
speaker, Michael’s in the right
speaker, Anders (Kjølholm) in the
middle and Jon (Larsen) everywhere.
What you have is the sound of a
You’re right, the album does sound
And I was also able to add a whole
bunch of other stuff like different
guitar sounds and some acoustic
stuff. It’s a lot of things
that people have never heard VolBeat
do. It was fun for me because
I was never allowed to do that with
Yes, I understand. Every band
has their signature sound, but it’s
always fun to hear them step out of
their comfort zones at least for a
minute. My first listen to
“Outlaw Gentlemen” surprised me a
bit in that I could clearly hear the
Anthrax influence that your guitar
playing brought to the band.
Some of the guitar parts are in the
back, but they add an interesting
texture to the music. My
surprise was how well, how perfectly
your guitar style fit into the
songs. And as bold as you’re
playing is, it didn’t overwhelm the
songs at all.
Well cool man, thank you. I’m
glad you dig it.
Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" as
released on April 9 via Universal
Republic. It sold 39,000
copies in the United States in its
first week of release to land at
position No. 9 on The Billboard 200
the album is out and you’re out on
tour. How is it going?
The tour is going great. The
shows have been phenomenal.
Every night has been a crazy crowd
with great energy. There’s a
great vibe to the new songs from the
fans. It’s just awesome.
We’re having a blast right now.
suspect that it’s a completely
different vibe from the Anthrax
totally different vibe!
I’m curious about the western motif
on the album. That’s very
unexpected from a Danish band.
How did that come about?
think that Michael was just getting
into the old western stories.
The characters, the gunslingers from
way back when. He decided to
make the album about that stuff.
It appears on some of the song
storylines, on the album cover and
so on. As far as look, it’s
great for me not to have to wear a
band shirt on stage which is what we
had to do in Anthrax. Not that
there’s anything wrong with it, I
was just bored. It’s cool that
I can wear anything that I want on
Obviously VolBeat hail from Denmark
and you’re an American. Do you
plan to remain here in America, just
to live that split?
Yes. Bands live on tour buses.
It doesn’t matter where my house
reviewed your schedule and noted
that you’re finishing up these last
few dates in America before heading
over to Europe. It looks like
you’ll be in Europe for the
remainder of the year. Are you
looking forward to playing the big
Yeah, it’s going to be great, very
exciting. I’m looking forward
to seeing the fans.
I want to
thank Rob Caggiano for sharing a
moment with DaBelly. VolBeat
is currently in Europe and may
return to the states in late 2013.
Watch for tour announcements.
For more information on VolBeat go
Shake Some Dust"
"Dead but Rising"
of Our Hero"
Hangman's Body Count"
Sinner Is You"
"Our Loved Ones"
- April 5, 2013
Vertigo Records / Universal
Michael Poulsen – vocals, rhythm guitar
– bass guitar
Jon Larsen – drums, percussion
Caggiano – lead guitar
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