TESLA releases new single “Time To Rock!”
YOU’RE HERE released a new single, “It’s time to rock!”. The official music video for the song, which can be streamed below, will debut online on Tuesday, August 9.
Last month, YOU’RE HERE singer Jeff Keith told “The Chuck Shute Podcast” about “It’s time to rock!”“We’ve been playing it live since June 11 when we played our home show here in Sacramento. So we played it live and we just kept it in the set.
“As with all YOU’RE HERE songs, we like to have that raw, lively feel, and this song just got that raw, lively feel. So we only played it live,” he explained.
Regarding the lyrical inspiration of “It’s time to rock!”, I f said, “It’s that kind of song that, you know, all you could have when you go to a gig, you just wanna let yourself down and this song is about exactly that. Don’t let it go, but just let them fall and still hold them firmly in your hands, but let things go and let your hair fall for four and a half minutes It’s time to rock!
Keith previously discussed “It’s time to rock!” early last month in an interview with the Podcast “The metal from within”. Regarding the band’s decision to debut the track in a live performance in early June – weeks before the song’s official release – he said: “We wanted to perform it live for our hometown audience. We played Thunder Valley [Casino], which is just down the street from our homes in Sacramento; it’s actually in Lincoln, California. But we wanted to play it for our hometown audience first, because it won’t be released until August. So we thought we’d play it for our hometown audience, and we’re having so much fun with it, we’re playing it for all crowd – new material – and we are delighted.
“You know, YOU’RE HEREwe are old dogs but we always like to write new things”, I f continued. “Because sometimes, being as far as we are, you can just go out and play your 1986 catalog to whatever it is, but we like to add new things to it; we just like to write songs. So it’s fun to ‘have a new single. In fact, we have another single that came out – my God – last August or whatever, and that was ‘Cold Blue Steel’, and it’s still doing something on the classic rock charts or something. But yeah, so it’s nice to have stuff that we write, and it actually does a little something.”
As to whether YOU’RE HERE fans can eventually expect to see a new full album from the band, I f said: “Right now the way things work – the guys would explain to me – because usually that’s all you did was make a record, since I’ve been in the band. And they go, now, with social media or whatever you call it – Spotify, whatever names I don’t go on the internet, but it’s a wonderful tool to have these iPhones and you can put out a single without making [full] registration. So far we have only released a few singles. But probably next year – no more than two years – we’re going to say, ‘Let’s do a whole record again.’ But right now it’s very convenient because you can only download one. And the guys were explaining to me, they go, ‘I fit’s like when THE BEATLES, and before that when people released a single on a 45 rpm. As Hank Williams, he was doing something live and releasing it as a single. At the time, they only released singles, and then, of course, they also released records. So we’re kind of in that mode. And now, instead of being on a 45 disc, it’s on a digital form that you can have people download. I don’t know, that’s the best I can understand.”
Video filmed by fans of YOU’RE HERE perform “It’s time to rock!” on June 26 at the Des Plaines Theater in Des Plaines, Illinois can be seen below.
YOU’RE HERE guitarist Frank Hannon Talk about “It’s time to rock!” in June in an interview with Robert Cavuoto of Sound Perspectives. Ask if DEF LEPPARDit is Phil Collenwho produced YOU’RE HEREthe last album of 2019 “Shock”will return to the helm of the group follow-up effort, Franc replied: “The ‘Shock’ scrapbook who Phil fact, they worked very hard on it. When I say ‘they’, I mean Phil Collen and Brian Wheat, our bassist. Man they really worked hard on the album. It was a collaboration. Phil writes most of the songs. And some people thought it was a great album and some people didn’t like it. But we gave it a shot. But from now on… brian and I had a discussion… brian and I am the founding members of the group YOU’RE HEREin the same way Jeff Keith. And we decided that from now on we were going to write and produce our own music. We’ve worked with enough producers – we’ve had producers come and go our whole career – so from now on, at our age, we’re going to produce our own music. And we’re actually producing a brand new single that’s gonna be released [in August], and it sucks. I’m really excited about this.
“The best thing about us performing is it’s flawed and it’s edgy and it’s got warts and stuff and it’s as real as it gets because it’s us. We’re not technicians where we know how to make things perfect.
“[TESLA‘s latest single, 2021’s] ‘Cold Blue Steel’we produced it ourselves, and this new song – it’s called “It’s time to switch!” — I’ve been producing it and working on it for about two months. And it will end up being put on a self-produced album.”
Ask if YOU’RE HERE will continue to focus on releasing individual singles before releasing another full album, Hanno said, “Yeah, we’re going to release single after single and focus on one song at a time, man, and rock that song.
“What happens is when you’re young, man, you can write 10 songs and put out an album every year, but as you get older, like we are now, it’s not as easy to do that” , he explained. “So you end up sacrificing quality for quantity, and we don’t want to do that. Why release 10 songs that are just in a hurry when we can spend our time and create singles that we’re really proud of. And that’s a next , I tell you, Jeff Keith and I’m really excited about it, because he and I wrote it on the road last year and I asked the band to put it together. I worked on it in the studio to produce it, and I’m preparing to produce a video of it this weekend. It’s called “It’s time to switch!”and it sucks.”
Last March, YOU’RE HERE released the official lyric video for “Cold Blue Steel”. The clip directed by Brandon Gullion and produced by Hannois raw, high electrical energy that takes fans back to the roots of YOU’RE HERE.
Originally released last August, “Cold Blue Steel” Was the first YOU’RE HERE song ever produced by the band members themselves.
Last December, Hanno Told let’s dance that the words of “Cold Blue Steel” were partially misinterpreted by some fans.
“We got a lot of flak from people who only hear a few verses of the song, thinking it’s about gun control,” he said. “And in a way it is, but, really, it’s so much deeper than that, the lyrics. We try not to take sides and be political, but we want to sing about a situation. Something thing like what we did with “Modern Day Cowboy” in the 80s ; we sang about foreign lands and terrorist demands and “bang bang, shoot ’em up” and how that attitude was still happening in the world at that time, being a shooter, a cowboy situation, but we’re not pointing no finger. And it’s the same with this song, but some people only hear parts of it and bullshit us. But if you listen to the lyrics, it begs the question, ‘What’s to blame? Let’s be realistic.’ And the song is really about people you give them a thumbs up, they take a mile – whether it’s a politician, whether it’s a con man, whether it’s a police officer. And we support our police.”
He added: “There are bad intentions in all parts of life, and that’s what the song is really about – just watching and asking the question, ‘What’s to blame? It’s not about “guns to go” or any of that crap. But it started just as a fun punch Ronnie Van Zant. That last lyric of the song, ‘Just like Ronnie said, “Let’s throw them to the bottom of the sea”, which is where the song started for fun. And then we took it and tried to make it a bit more serious.”
last september, YOU’RE HERE drummer Troy Luccketta announced that he would “take some time on the road” to spend time with family and friends. He is replaced at YOU’RE HEREthe concerts of Steve Brownthe older brother’s younger brother DOKKEN drummer Mick Brown.
YOU’RE HERE is:
Frank Hannon – guitar
Brian Wheat – bass
Jeff Keith – main voice
rude dave – guitar
Steve Brown – drums