Legendary US hard rockers Night Ranger are set to release their 12th studio album, ‘ATBPO’, on 6th August via Frontiers Music Srl. ‘ATBPO’ stands for And The Band Played On (an ode to making music during the covid era), with the song ‘Breakout’ available from today as its first single.
The quintet began writing the album amid the onset of the global pandemic in early 2020 and hit the studio – albeit separately – after narrowing down the selection of songs. The resulting record sees the group continue their hot streak that began a decade ago with ‘Somewhere In California’ and was then maintained with the acclaimed ‘High Road’ and ‘Don’t Let Up’.
This latest studio work shows that Night Ranger are still burning with the high octane hard rock energy for which they are renowned worldwide. They have always had a knack for killer melodies, intricate instrumentation and captivating lyrics, with ‘ATBPO’ delivering all of that and much more besides.
“The process was strange but the outcome rocks,” states bassist and co-lead vocalist Jack Blades, while drummer and fellow co-vocalist Kelly Keagy concurs, adding: “this record was incredibly hard to make as we could not be in a room together with all the Covid-19 issues that were going on.
But, sometimes you do your best work when there’s a deadline approaching.” Guitarist Brad Gillis explains that “it has been a crazy but fun task.
A few zoom video gatherings got us started. With everybody in the band having their own home studios, we were all able to elaborate and add our own textures to each song. As a Vintage Guitar Collector, I was able to add some great classic sounds to rhythm and solos using my 57 Strat and 52 Goldtop!”
Having sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed across more than 4000 stages, and enjoyed a radio audience that exceeds a billion, Night Ranger has both epitomised and transcended the arena rock sound and style well beyond that era.
With multiple songs that have had a significant impact on popular culture, the group continues to grow its fanbase and is proof that powerful songs alongside incredibly talented musicians is the perfect formula for continued success.
1 Coming For You
2 Bring It All Home To Me
4 Hard To Make It Easy
5 Can’t Afford A Hero
6 Cold As December
8 The Hardest Road
10 A Lucky Man
Jack Blades – bass, vocals
Kelly Keagy – drums, vocals
Brad Gillis – guitars
Eric Levy – keyboards
Keri Kelli – guitars