MARCO MENDOZA: New Direction
The world renowned, talented bass player and charismatic frontman Marco Mendoza has released his fourth solo album offering ‘New Direction’ which can be bought on CD and LP (black and turquoise vinyls, each limited to 500 units) via Mighty Music here along with streaming/download available on all good platforms.
The album boasts 10 uplifting and heartfelt songs, “It’s a new day and a new beginning for us, touring recording musicians and artists on the scene”, Mendoza ponders thoughtfully. “The past few years have put in perspective our value system and our lifestyle in general. It’s time to start thinking of a New Direction…a new way of living perhaps?”
Amongst the singles which have quickly become fan favourites, the new collection of songs all convey Marco’s resolute outlook on life; “Following your dreams and believing in yourself…it’s good to remember the good things and be positive and optimistic. I’m glad it will put a smile on peoples faces!”
Being known for his work with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Journey, Ted Nugent and The Dead Daisies to name a few, the Los Angeles native has recorded a body of amazing music in his own right. Working with world-class producer Soren Andersen, owner of Medley Studios in Copenhagen and dubbed by some as ‘the new Mutt Lange’, the partnership that has already produced the career-defining 2017 album “Viva La Rock”. With what has affected all walks of life across the globe, demanding times can produce special opportunities, and writing and recording amidst a pandemic was a trigger for Mendoza’s creativity.
With Andersen himself handling guitars and keyboards as a background for Mendoza’s top-class bass lines and superb wide ranging vocals, Tommy Gentry (Gun) stepped in for guest guitar solos upon selected tracks, while drumming duties were split between Mortem Hellborn (Electric Guitars) and Allan Tschicaja (Pretty Maids). A super-team surrounding Marco…but then again, the ever crowd pleasing talent is used to working with the best of the best, and wouldn’t have it any other way in what is clearly the tightest set of songs he has ever recorded in his own name.
Following the album release, Marco will return to UK shores for festivals, including Monsterfest and Winterstorm in Scotland, and a string of shows. With special guests for the bulk of the dates in Scottish rockers Bad Actress and Silent Thieves, the tour will be the last occasion he will play here for some time. “I always have a great time there and I know fans old and new will too! We’ll be playing a bunch of songs from New Direction and some of the old favourites. I’d love to see as many of you as possible as I won’t be back in the UK for a while…it’s gonna be a trip!”