Co-founder Steve Lynch has promised an exciting new direction coupled with the band’s familiar showmanship and energy after Autograph revealed plans to release a brand new album.
The HRH AOR favourites thrilled the North Wales faithful last year with a stunning set of anthemic classics and choice new cuts.
And Get Off Your Ass will be released via Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group on October 6 as Autograph look to build on their recent success.
“Get Off Your Ass definitely sets a new direction for the band with an updated, heavier sound, while still retaining the signature melodic hooks people have come to expect from Autograph.
“This record is bound to get the attention of old Autograph fans as well as the new. So put your ears on and turn this one up!”
Get Off Your Ass is the first official studio LP from the revamped Autograph – featuring original/founding members Lynch and bassist Randy Rand alongside new vocalist/rhythm guitarist Simon Daniels and drummer Marc Wieland.
Lynch (known for his signature eight finger hammer-on technique), reactivated the band in 2013 with Rand after reconnecting at the NAMM Show.
After approaching original vocalist Steve Plunkett, who was unavailable for the reunion due to other business interests, for his blessing the newly resurrected Autograph recruited former Jailhouse vocalist Daniels.
“We are so excited about this record,” said Daniels “This is a line-up of brothers with a vision and the perfect chemistry. We wanted the record to be musically timeless and translate a heavier sound featuring the melodies and harmonies but with heavier guitars and a more ‘in your face’ attitude.
“The lyrics come from the heart and are directed to people of our current era with uplifting messages and positive energy. It’s Autograph on steroids.
“EMP is the perfect match for us. They understand what we’re doing, they have the same vision and we are grateful to work with such great, experienced, humble and focused people!”
EMP President (and Megadeth bassist) Ellefson expressed a mutual admiration. “When I first moved to LA to go to MI (then known as GIT), Steve Lynch was the guy EVERYBODY went there to learn from,” he said.
“As far as guitar players in LA went, he was THE guy. I never did end up at GIT. We formed Megadeth and obviously went down an extremely different path but Steve truly is an iconic guitar hero of the highest caliber.
“I am so proud for EMP to be able to partner with him and for the re-imagined Autograph to release this killer album.”