Ryan Roxie will release his new solo album, “Imagine Your Reality”, on May 25 via Cargo Records UK. The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, who is best known as Alice Cooper‘s longtime lead guitarist and collaborator, has also worked with Slash and Gilby Clarke and been a member of Classic Rock award-nominated band CASABLANCA.
“Imagine Your Reality” is Ryan‘s first official solo release and sees him joined by other noteworthy musicians, including a collaboration with CHEAP TRICK‘s Robin Zander on the track “California Man”.
The official lyric video for the song ” To Live And Die In L.A.” can be viewed below.
Says Roxie: “The straight-ahead riff, rock guitar part, the sardonic lyrics and overall angst were originally concocted years ago, but I could never get the balance of sarcasm and anger just right… until now. This song was actually very therapeutic in helping me let go and make certain situations in my life ‘water under the bridge’… And in the end, ‘To Live And Die in L.A.’ was too good a phrase to just be a cop/action/suspense movie.”
“Imagine Your Reality” continues Roxie‘s legacy of creating infectiously melodic songs and straight-ahead, no-nonsense rock riffs, and this time with more guitar than ever before. Ten tracks, all underlined by ten gleaming guitar solos. From the punk rock undertones of “Never Mind Me” to the un-sugarcoated tale of life in “La La Land (To Live And Die In LA)” to the superb BEATLES-y/OASIS nod “Look Me In The Eye” — it’s an uplifting big rock sound. Zander transforms “California Man” into the ultimate vintage-vibed, top-down, drive-in-the-sunshine rock ‘n’ roll anthem.
Ryan says: “CHEAP TRICK were a major influence in my musical upbringing. Both Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen have joined us onstage at Alice Cooper shows in the past and have always been the most quintessential rock stars. In my opinion, Robin Zander‘s voice is the definition of rock ‘n’ roll, so having him guest vocal on ‘California Man’ definitely ticks a box off my ‘greatest moments in rock ‘n roll’ list.”
“Imagine Your Reality” track listing:
01. Big Rock Show
02. Over And Done
03. California Man
04. To Live And Die In L.A.
05. Uh Oh Song
06. Me Generation
07. Look Me In The Eye
08. Hearts In Trouble
09. Nevermind Me
10. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
“Image Your Reality” was produced by Kristoffer “Folle” Folin, Tommy Henriksen and Jon Bordon. I twas recorded and mixed at Purple Skull Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.
Says Roxie: “With this album, I think we kept the spirit and power of the 3.5-minute rock song intact as well as keeping the dream of guitar-driven music alive and well. I can’t wait for people to experience my reality.”
* Ryan Roxie – Guitars, Vocals
* Tommy Henriksen – Bass on tracks 1, 6, 9
* Kristoffer “Folle” Folin – Bass on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
* Jon Bordon – Badd on track 8
* Kristoffer “Folle” Folin – Drums on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
* Glen Sobel – Drums on tracks 1, 6, 9
* Anton Korberg – Drums on track 8
* Seven Anapolis – Drums on track 3
* Teddy “Zig-Zag” Andriatis – Keyboards/Piano on track 3
* John Bordon – Keyboards/Piano on track 8
Backing Vocals – Johan Becker, Kristoffer “Folle” Folin, Tommy Henriksen
Special guest vocals on track 3 – Robin Zander