| Ever wanted to find
out what inspired a particular song?
Was it based on personal experience or simply passive observation?
What happened in the recording studio or on stage to make one song sound different from the rest?
These are just some of the question bands and musicians attempt to answer in Line 'em Up - the newest page of The Power Of Metal.Dk.
This is where your favourite bands comment on their albums, track by track, because as someone once said, “Ideas are the building blocks of ideas”.
Here’s a chance for you to tell our readers about your new album “Save Tomorrow”.
But could you
please start off by introducing the readers to you?
Bonrud is a melodic rock band based in the US lead by guitarist Paul Bonrud. Save Tomorrow is our new CD which is being released in September 2012 in Europe by Escape Music and Rubicon Music in Japan. The band is comprised of Rick Forsgren (formerly of the band Conditioned Response), Paul Higgins and Paul Bonrud. Our new CD was produced by legendary six-time Grammy winning producer Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner, Sammy Hagar, Rick Springfield, Night Ranger etc...) The keyboards on the CD were played by Richard Baker (Santana, Saga, Gary Wright), Eric Ragno (Fergie Frederiksen, Graham Bonnet) and David Gross.
And now onto “Save Tomorrow”… track-by-track, what inspired you, and what do what to express with this song etc.
01. We Collide
Paul Bonrud: This is the first
song Rick and I worked on for this CD and it was
also the last song we finished. Rick and I recorded
the song and thought we had it finished until Keith
Olsen completely rearranged the song. When Keith
gave me his version, I literally had to make a flow
chart to figure out what parts were removed and what
parts were moved and repeated. The transformation
was amazing! As a result, we went back into London
Bridge Studio and re-recorded the entire song under
the new arrangement. Keith is a genius! The song is
about love and forgiveness and how stubborn pride
often gets in the way of resolving differences.
Sometimes our stubbornness causes us to let loved
ones go to their graves without our differences
being resolved. Forgiveness is as much a gift for
the one who is being forgiven as it is for the
person who is forgiving.
02. Bullet In The Back
Paul Bonrud: This song is about having the strength of conviction to persevere even when others are trying to tear you down and stab you in the back.
03. American Dream
Paul Bonrud: I wrote the music for
this song the same night I wrote the music for
“Bullet in the Back”. I was definitely going for a
big classic rock sound here in the style of The
Scorpions or Kiss. I had written lyrics for it
myself under a different title but my lyrical theme
just didn’t click with the music so I let Rick run
with the lyrics and he came up with something
Rick Forsgren: This song deals with the "growing up in Hollywood" theme. Young starlets who trade their youth and innocence for what they think will be fame and fortune. That fame often comes at a high price. Think Lindsay Lohan...less famous, more infamous.
04. Save Tomorrow
Paul Bonrud: This was one of my
favorite musical ideas for the CD. The music wrote
itself for me. I’m a huge Journey fan and their
influence oozes out of the music on this track. Rick
really delivered a fantastic vocal for this track
and I love the lyrics he wrote.
05. Liquid Sun
Paul Bonrud: This is one of the most artistic songs on the CD. The music came to me very easily and it has a Led Zeppelin / Heart / Seattle feel to it. I wrote the lyrics for the bridge but the rest of the lyrics were written by my friend Clyde Hannah. Clyde’s lyrics are very deep and come from the perspective of a social outsider who wants to experience true freedom from persecution and bigotry…to be accepted for who they are despite any differences. His lyrics are honest and deep. I really love this song. -:) .
06. I'd Do Anything
Paul Bonrud: This is one of the most straight forward upbeat pop rock songs on this CD but it is incredibly catchy. It’s a song about being so head-over-heels in love with someone that you would quite literally do anything to win their heart..
07. Last Sunrise
Paul Bonrud: I wrote the music for
this song while I was kicking back on my couch with
a guitar while watching a show about the sun on the
Discovery channel. I was mindlessly noodling the
music/riffs when they mentioned that millions of
years from now, our sun’s energy will be depleted
and will fade away. The thought immediately hit me
that someday our sun will rise for the very last
time just as each of us will eventually experience
our own last sunrise. I turned over the music and
the song title to Rick who once again wrote some
08. Torn Apart
Paul Bonrud: This song is about getting your heart broken but having faith that closing the door on this relationship will open a door to finding the true love you are destined to be with. I really like how open yet layered this song is.
Paul Bonrud: I wrote all the music and lyrics for this song quite literally in twenty minutes and had a complete rough demo recorded before an hour had passed from the initial conception. I was just in the zone that day. I actually had two other fairly complete song ideas that popped into my head that same day but I only had an hour to work on the music so this was the only idea captured. This is the quickest and easiest a song has ever come to me in such complete form. The song is about being blinded by love.
Paul Bonrud: This is a song about telling a good friend that happens to be a girl about how you are in love with another girl but what you don’t know is that your friend happens to be in love with you so you are accidentally breaking her heart while confiding in her. Furthermore, most likely the girl you’re in love with is in love with someone cooler than you and will break your heart. So we all fall down just like we’re dominoes… .
11. You're The One
Paul Bonrud: Good news! This song isn’t about having a broken heart! This song is about knowing that you’ve finally found the person you are meant to love forever and about telling them how you feel. This song really has an upbeat Bryan Adams feel-good vibe to it that I really like. – .
12. End Of Days
Tell us a bit about the artwork – who made it etc. and how important do you feel it is to have a cool artwork?
Bonrud: I think
having great artwork is very important. Most
melodic rock CD’s these days have very cheaply
produced photoshop artwork because the budgets
for these melodic rock CD’s are very small. If I
cared about making money, I would have kept my
budget small. However, I really wanted to make
the best CD I could which is why I hired Keith
Olsen to produce the CD and mix it. The cover
art was expensive as well. Adriana Melo created
the fantastic cover art for the new Bonrud CD.
Adriana is a well-known Marvel and DC comic book
artist who has drawn Spiderman, Fantastic Four,
Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Birds of Prey, Star Wars,
and she was drawing a couple issues of Cat Woman
for DC Comics while she created this cover art
for me. I’m a big fan of her work and love comic
books so it was fun to have her create the cover
Patrik Skoglund, September 2012