WINGER has released the official music video for its new single, “Proud Desperado”
The track is taken from the band’s upcoming seventh studio album, “Seven” which is due on May 5 via Frontiers Music Srl. The 12-track album was produced by WINGER frontman Kip Winger and recorded in Nashville.
In January, WINGER shot music videos for three of the songs from “Seven“.
WINGER guitarist John Roth previously said in a talk with Sam Wall about the new album: “[There’s] 12 songs on the album. One song’s a pretty big surprise.
“To me at least, there’s always a song on a WINGER album that comes at you from left field,” he explained. “Like on ‘Karma’, we did a blues song — Kip [Winger, WINGER frontman] and I co-wrote a song called ‘After All This Time‘. On ‘Better Days Comin”, the title track, ‘Better Days Comin”, it’s kind of funky and it’s fun and it’s different for WINGER; WINGER‘s a pretty heavier, darker, metal-ish kind of band. So there’s a song on this album that’s very different for the band, which is cool.
“It’s meticulously produced and recorded, [with] tons of layers of background vocals,” he added. “It’s heavier lyrically, maybe. All of WINGER‘s records have a heavier overtone, because the guitars are tuned low; it’s just more aggressive. And there’s a little bit of a progressive flair on one of the songs. But I think people are gonna really enjoy the album. I hope it’s well received.”
Roth also spoke in more detail about the WINGER songwriting process, saying: “Well, Kip and Reb [Beach, guitar] are the primary songwriters of the band; they are the nucleus. But I did co-write one song on this album with Kip.
“With WINGER, it normally starts [as] the musical idea. A lot of people write from lyrics and melodies. Most of the songs I write, I have a melody or a lyric which is like the nucleus or the starting point for a song. But with WINGER, it’s a riff, it’s a musical idea.
“I remember when I was first co-writing with Kip on some songs on ‘Better Days Comin”, we’re not demoing the songs. We’re writing ’em; we’re recording the actual songs,” he explained. “So, I’m looking at him, going, ‘How do you know that you just want one more bar here?’ He’s, like, ‘I hear where I wanna go with the lyrics.’ And I’m, like, ”Cause you’re making a lot of really big-time decisions for the arrangement,’ and we’re recording final guitar parts and the lyrics have to revolve around it.
“So everything starts with the music with WINGER,” Roth added. “But as the songs are being written and the riffs are coming about, the melodies are in Kip’s head. Kip’s the maestro, you know? He’s the maestro of the band. So he’s thinking as we’re writing — what the melodies are gonna [be], how they’re gonna work around the riffs, and inevitably making final judgment calls on the arrangement as we’re cutting the songs.
“[It] used to be you’d demo songs. You’d demo a song out, and sometimes you couldn’t beat the demo. You’d be, like, ‘There’s a magic on the demo we cannot beat.’ So WINGER really doesn’t have that problem anymore ’cause as we’re writing the songs, we’re cutting the final parts.”
Asked if he enjoys working that way, Roth said: “I like it. I like it, ’cause stuff moves fast. It’s quick. It’s exciting. Because a song can sit there when you’re layering parts on a song for months at a time. It can get a little bit too thought out, you know what I mean? So when you’re writing and you’re creating the song, the final [album version], when you’re writing [and recording it] instead of coming up with the demo [first], it’s exciting. Things move fast.”