JOHN 5 & BLASKO - A Pair Of Talking Zombies Page 4
by Martin Popoff

Back to the record, Blasko offers that, "It was a pretty well put together sort of scenario, man. It's just like you're going to work, really. Going there is kind of like a 9-to-5 situation. Go in there and get stuff done, and go home and come back the next day and do it again until it's done. A lot of work gets done in a really short period of time. Which... I rarely ever see much of that. I mean, considering that things are written, recorded and mixed relatively at the same time. So stuff is getting hammered out really well. Rob and Scott, the producer, this is like the third record they've done together now. They definitely have their thing down. They know how to crank stuff out."

Back to the six-stringer in the band, when we chatted, John 5 was bent on getting the right tour for the long-awaited Loser band project he's talked about, lined up. Shortly thereafter, John quit the band, due to deepening Rob Zombie commitments. Then Island dropped the band. cos... no John 5. But John's got other outlets. His Vertigo solo album was a tangy guitar blast, one of the most enjoyable instrumental albums this writer's ever heard. Now there's a second one, Songs For Sanity (see www.john-5.com for more).

"That just came out a few months ago, and it's got Albert Lee on it and Steve Vai, and I'll tell you, it's incredible, because I just put those out for my own amusement. I don't put them out for money or anything else - it's just to play guitar. And there are so many kids that love this record and show up for me to sign it; I can't believe it. People love this thing. So the record company is like, 'Can we keep going with this?' So I'm going to make another one next year. It's so strange. It's kind of like making a demo for your family at Christmas time and it becomes really big or something like that (laughs)."