Hard rock icons Adrenaline Mob have had their fair share of challenges in the past but have risen to each & every one continuing to march forward yet again.
The group's debut album, 2012's Omerta, earned a #1 Metal Album on iTunes, and proudly was awarded iTunes UK Metal Album of the Year. They hit the arena stages and toured with rock giants such as Godsmack & Avenged Sevenfold, performed at all the major European Festivals & headlined multiple US, EU & UK tours. It was at that point the band parted ways with drummer Mike Portnoy due to scheduling conflicts, and brought drum legend AJ Pero (of Twisted Sister) into the fold. Only two years after the debut was released, the group was involved in a major vehicle accident while on the road with Avenged Sevenfold and Hellyeah. Then, in 2015, while enjoying the incredible fan and media response to their second full-length Men of Honor and follow-up EP Dearly Departed, Adrenaline Mob lost A.J. Pero to a heart attack while on tour with Drowning Pool.
Clearly, there's a force that's trying to keep Adrenaline Mob down. "When A.J. passed away, everything kind of ground to a halt," adds Allen. "We weren't sure where we were going to go. We didn't know what was going to happen. We had been at it for awhile and had faced so many adversities, we didn't know how to continue at that point. Adrenaline Mob was in a dark place. So, we put some needed time between us and the band. To get away from it. When we started talking again, we had long discussions about our expectations for Adrenaline Mob. We took it step by step. From there, the process started."
Slowly but surely, Adrenaline Mob picked up the pieces. In fact, everything started with a simple text message from Allen to Orlando. It read: "It's time, isn't it?" Naturally, the group didn't want to force the follow-up to Men of Honor. It had to come naturally. And it did. Holed up at Sonic Stomp Studios--a studio owned and operated by Orlando where all the Adrenaline Mob albums are tracks & mixed--the guitarist commenced work on material that would shape Adrenaline Mob's return.
Orlando calls the sessions and the product of those sessions--the songs--an extension of his & Russell's personalities. But as with the good, there's always the bad. It was at Sonic Stomp Studios where Orlando and Pero would jam out. Being reminded of Pero daily had a sometimes sorrowful but positive impact. Orlando recalls, "Many years of great times & recordings were done there with AJ so we of course without hesitation dedicated the album to the memory of our dear friend". "Musically, it was about honoring the past, everyone involved in it," says Allen. "We also wanted to move forward. We wanted to create something worthy of Adrenaline Mob. The excitement started to build as we worked on the songs. After a while, we had an album, which had the old things we love and some new things we're trying out."
Emotionally and physically, Adrenaline Mob are back in the groove on We the People. "Adrenaline Mob is, from day one, all about the groove & the songs," Orlando grins. "The hard-hitting stuff. It's never about one thing. We've had incredible players in the band, but it's the groove & flow that's important. It's the way the music makes you feel. There's a hop to it." Recorded at Sonic Stomp Studios over a year-plus period, We the People sounds huge. As the title indicates, there's a political side to Adrenaline Mob. They've always poured their feelings into song. It was, as Orlando puts it, a form of catharsis. So, as they were watching the presidential campaigns, feeling the negativity--the constant bickering and finger pointing--they knew Adrenaline Mob's next venture would be impacted "The title track is very much inspired by the past election year," confirms Allen. "It touches on our society, here in America. The album title is a reflection of our times."
That being said, Adrenaline Mob are careful not to conform to typical partisanship. "I have my political views, but they're not here," Orlando says. "As songwriters, myself & Russell try to not take sides. We want to write about what's going on. It's our take on it. The title, We the People, is evidence of that. Really, we're not out to alienate people. Music is supposed to bring people together. That's what Adrenaline Mob is about. And, I think, We the People is the best Adrenaline Mob we have done so far."
Undoubtedly, the re-energized Adrenaline Mob will face adversity with We the People. But the strong always rise and the band have proven they have the fortitude and music to prevail over anything. We the People, folks. It's time to rise up with Adrenaline Mob!