The band West Bound recently released their debut album, “Volume 1”, through Frontiers Music. The front-man of the band is singer Chas West who has previously recorded with Resurrection Kings, Tango Down, Bonham etc and performed with bands such as Lynch Mob and Foreigner. This time, with West Bound, he is the driving force behind the band. I had the opportunity to chat with Chas via Skype on 12th March and we talked about the album, the band, his other projects and more.

That interview can be found on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 15th March and that  Show is available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-chas-west-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-15th-march-2019/

 

 

 

West Bound are Chas West on vocals, Roy Z on guitar, Jimmy Burkard on guitar, Jason Cornwell on bass and Dave ‘Chilli’ Moreno on drums. The album also features keyboard player Stephen Leblanc and a guest appearance by Brian Tichy on drums for two tracks. Check out the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/westboundofficial/



 

The interview will be transcribed and posted here soon.

 

Full playlist for the Show

TESLA – You Won’t Take Me Alive

GASOLINE OUTLAWS – Breathe Again

DORO – Backstage to Heaven

ROCK GODDESS – Why Do We Never Learn

TARA LYNCH - Unbreakable

WEST BOUND – Beautiful Dream

Interview with Chas West Part 1 (6 min)

WEST BOUND – Never Surrender

Interview with Chas West Part 2 (5 min)

WEST BOUND – Dance of Life

Interview with Chas West Part 3 (8 min)

WEST BOUND – Ain’t Gonna Drown

RESURRECTION KINGS – Livin’ Out Loud

TANGO DOWN – Bulletproof

TRUCKER DIABLO – Murder Ballad

THUNDER – A Lover, Not A Friend

SLAUGHTER – Days Gone By

MIKAEL ERLANDSSON – Eye of the Hurricane

MERIDIAN – Second Best

BALEFUL CREED – Levy

WITHIN TEMPTATION – Supernova

BEYOND THE BLACK – Dear Death

STATEMENT – The Hero Inside

IRON SAVIOR – Stand Up and Fight

SKELETOON – They Never Say Die

PAT MCMANUS – Runaway Dreams

 


 

NI ROCKS – Hi Chas, thanks for taking the time to talk to Rock Radio NI. The band West Bound recently released their excellent debut album called “Volume 1”. Did the idea for West Bound originate with yourself or was it something you were approached to do by Frontiers Music?

CHAS – It’s something that I’ve wanted to do, but Frontiers; after I’d finished the Revolution Saints record that I did with Vinnie Appice, Craig Goldy and Sean McNabb; Serafino, the President, said he’d like to do something, just with me. I said that would be great and he said that he wanted me to have a producer and writer to work with. So I contacted my old friend and bandmate Roy Z to see if he would be up for it; and he was. And here we are now.


NI ROCKS – When was that first idea floated and how long did it take, from the idea emerging to actually getting the album released?

CHAS – The idea originally was when Serafino approached me in the late summer or early fall of 2015, but it didn’t really get going until late 2016. The record was done in late 2017, early 2018 but it has just got released now.


NI ROCKS – You mentioned your bandmate, guitarist Roy Z, is a very successful producer and engineer in his own right. I presume he was in charge of things throughout production for the new album?

CHAS – Pretty much! I was there from start to finish and oversaw everything, since it’s my deal and my band. But, yeah absolutely, he knows what he’s doing and we’ve worked together before. We’ve written together before and I knew it would go smoothly. We have a lot of the same influences and things like that.


NI ROCKS – You mentioned that you had worked with Roy before. You’d worked obviously in Tribe of Gypsies. How did working on the West Bound album compare to working for Tribe of Gypsies?

CHAS – It’s a little different obviously because Tribe of Gypsies has a Latino influence and he wanted to make it a more universal sounding thing. Combining my Zeppelin influence along with some stuff that we both love like U2 and Guns ‘n’ Roses; things like that. This was obviously a bit different than that; it was a bit more of my influences, although like I said he has some of the same ones too. We combine all the bands that we loved growing up – Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Van Halen and put it all in a blender and mix it up and that’s what we came out with. (laughs).


NI ROCKS – It’s a great album, I really love it. Also in the band with you are guitarist Jimmy Burkard, bass player Jason Cornwell, drummer Dave ‘Chilli’ Moreno and keyboard player Stephen Leblanc. Had you worked with any of them before and how did they get involved?

CHAS – Yeah, I’ve worked with Chilli, I’ve known him for years. He was the drummer for Tribe of Gypsies on the last record also and we toured Japan together, him and I and Z. Jimmy Burkard, I met through Stephen McGrath who is the bass player for Billy Idol’s band. That’s how I met him and I thought he was great; he’s got that Jimmy Page kind of style and that’s what I need. Jason Cornwell, I knew from doing some shows on the East coast years ago; in New England mainly, and we got tight. Stephen Leblanc I knew for years; he played with Jason Bonham for a bit and I have an all-star Zeppeling tribute band with Brian Tichy, who is also on the record, called The Moby Dicks, and he played keyboards for that band. So, I immediately went to him when I wanted a keyboard player. He’s not really in the band, but he is on the record; he’s not really a permanent member, but definitely a guest player on the record. That’s basically how it came about. I wanted guys that I knew I was tight with and I felt that camaraderie and that they were bro’s you know, rather than strangers. I wanted pro’s, but bro’s! (laughs).


NI ROCKS – In terms of writing the tracks, were the songs all newly written for West Bound, or had some been in the works for a while, and who was involved in the writing process?

CHAS – They were all pretty much written for West Bound, except for the two with Tichy and I; we did those a few years ago. They were going to be for another project and then we were able to use them for this. That other project didn’t work out, which was a blessing in disguise now that we look back (laughs). Everything else we wrote from scratch. We had some songs that we had to scrap because Frontiers wanted a little more of an AOR sound, and they were a little more harder edged, bluesier kind of thing that we might use later on. For this record, they didn’t really work and they didn’t make the chopping block! (laughs)

NI ROCKS – Were there many that didn’t make that cut.

CHAS – Just a few. It wasn’t that many. “Dance of Life” was the first song that we wrote together actually and that passed the test


NI ROCKS – We’re going to play a track from the album now and I’ll let you pick which one and tell us something about it.

 

CHAS – I just said “Dance of Life”, but maybe we should go with the first single and video which was “Never Surrender”. That was Serafino’s favourite and it’s just about not giving up on your hopes and dreams and goals and dealing with the daily obstacles of life which will sometimes knock you down. I’ve had some brakes in the past, but have effectively had to go back to the drawing board again. It’s that kind of perseverance that makes people successful and happy in life. It also has the message of us all coming together as one.


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