L.A. GUNS Frontman PHIL LEWIS On Working With Guitarist TRACII GUNS - "He Makes Me Work Harder Than Any Other Collborator And I Like That"

March 31, 2019, 2 years ago

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L.A. GUNS Frontman PHIL LEWIS On Working With Guitarist TRACII GUNS - "He Makes Me Work Harder Than Any Other Collborator And I Like That"

Capital Chaos TV recently caught up with L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis to discuss the band's new album, The Devil You Know. He also talks about getting back to working with guitarist Tracii Guns after years of conflict.

Lewis: "He brings out a side of me that no other collaborator does. Hee makes me work harder than any other and I like that. And now that we've been together a few years, you can't help thinking "Oh, maybe we needed that time apart and we both needed to grow up..." and we're better people now. I think it definitely shows in the music." 

L.A. Guns have premiered the video for the title track of their upcoming new album, The Devil You Know, out now.

Sonically, The Devil You Know covers a lot of ground and incorporates influences from Black Sabbath to Led Zeppelin to Kyuss to The Hellicopters, all while distinctly sounding like L.A. Guns. The band is rejuvenated and inspired after relentless touring and are literally taking no prisoners.

"After the success of The Missing Peace, a lot of people requested that the next record stay on track with the more metal side of the band's music, which is my personal favorite side of the band," says Tracii Guns. He continues, "I drew from my typical influences of NWOBHM [New Wave Of British Heavy Metal], while still not forgetting my earlier influences of the late '60s and early '70s. I wanted to lead with the track "Stay Away" because it’s a familiar L.A. Guns sound, but even a bit more metal. Something to get everyone’s palate wet."

"It's loaded with attitude and most of it bad," says vocalist Phil Lewis of the album's lyrical content. You want a love song ---- off and listen to Journey. They say write about what you know, and lord knows we've all known some evil bi----s and dudes that have gone out of their way to make life difficult for us. We say unanimously from the whole band ---- you, we're going places you could only dream about. We know what it's like to be put down, poked, ridiculed... but guess what, looks like we get the last laugh. This band has always been fueled by adrenaline and anger and this record is a glimpse inside the carnival of rage that dwells deep inside our collective souls. Not much sunshine and hold tight to your lollipop... this is gonna be a fast, loud, bumpy ride!"

L.A. Guns are truly one of the great American hard rock bands of the last 30 years. Since their self-titled debut in 1988 to the widely praised 2017 comeback album The Missing Peace, L.A. Guns, led by Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis have always delivered solid rock ‘n roll to their fans.

This current incarnation of the band has been touring non-stop and the cohesiveness of the unit, not to mention Phil’s stunning and unique vocals and Guns’ mind-bending guitar playing, are on full display here. A must hear and listen for all fans of the band, both new and old!


"Stay Away"
"Loaded Bomb"
"The Devil You Know"
"Needle To The Bone"
"Going High"
"Gone Honey"
"Don't Need To Win"
"Down That Hole"
"Another Season In Hell"
"Boom" (bonus track)

"The Devil You Know" video:

"Rage" video:

"Stay Away":

The current lineup of L.A. Guns is as follows: Phil Lewis on vocals, Tracii Guns on guitar, Johnny Martin on bass, Shane Fitzgibbon on drums, Ace Von Johnson on guitar.

L.A. Guns return to the stage tomorrow, March 29th, at Yost Theater in Santa Ana, California. To view their complete tour schedule, visit the band's official website.

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