In a new interview with VRP Rocks, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke about his upcoming solo album, “10,000 Volts”. The 11-track LP was produced by Ace and Steve Brown (TRIXTER) and will be released on February 23, 2024 via MNRK Music Group (formerly eOne Music).

“I’m very happy with the way the record turned out,” Ace said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “Now, a lot of times I’ve recorded records where sometimes you look at three or four songs on the album and you consider them not as good as some of the other ones and you kind of consider them as filler. But I don’t think there’s any filler on this album. I think every song has merit to it.”

He added:  ”I think it’s one of the best albums I ever did. I mean, I think it’s probably as good as my solo album in 1978, which everybody seems to think is my best album to date. But I think this new album is equally as good as my 1978 solo album, and I think there’s more than one hit single on the album. So, if I was a KISS fan or an Ace Frehley fan, I’d go out and buy it immediately when it’s released on February 23rd, because you’re in for a treat.”

Ace released the single “10,000 Volts” on November 28. The track’s music video — directed by Alex Kouvatsos from Black Wolf Imaging — has garnered 850,000 views on YouTube.

“10,000 Volts” track listing:

01. 10,000 Volts
02. Walkin’ On The Moon
03. Cosmic Heart
04. Cherry Medicine
05. Back Into My Arms Again
06. Fightin’ For Life
07. Blinded
08. Constantly Cute
09. Life Of A Stranger
10. Up In The Sky
11. Stratosphere

In October, Frehley told Jeff Napier of Nuvo about “10,000 Volts”: “It’s probably the best record I’ve ever done. I’m very excited about it. It’s the fIrst time I ended up writing most of these songs with a good friend of mine, Steve Brown. He used to play in TRIXTER and has a group called RUBIX KUBE. Anyway, we live 40 minutes from each other, and my fiancée Lara hooked us up. I’d met him several times over the years, but just briefly, but she knew him when she was in her twenties, and she said, ‘You’ve gotta get together with Steve.’ He’s a great songwriter and guitar player. He sent me a song, and there was one line that just jumped out from his chorus, and it was ‘Walking On The Moon’. So I said, ‘Listen, let’s get together and rewrite this song, and the hook will be ‘Walking On The Moon’,’ because it wasn’t the end of the chorus he had prepared. So, we rewrote the song, and it came out great. We were actually gonna call the album ‘Walking On The Moon’ until we recorded a song called ‘10,000 Volts’, which came out amazing. I got Anton Fig, my old drummer, who played on my original ’78 solo album and most of my solo stuff, to play drums on that. So, working with Steve has made a huge difference in my playing and writing because when he and I put our heads together, it just clicks. If I’m at a loss for a chord or a verse or a line, he comes up with it and vice versa, and within three or four hours, we write a song.

“So that’s how the record’s been going,” Ace added. “Then, once you record the basic track, you gotta do the overdubs and double and triple the vocals, harmonies, and stuff. He’s an excellent engineer. So I didn’t have to pay an engineer to engineer this record. So I saved money on that, working with Steve as well, which is nice.”

Asked if making “Origins Vol. 2”, the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist, affected the way he put together the new record, Frehley said: “It’s one thing doing an ‘Origins’ record because you don’t have to write the songs. Basically, I was picking songs that influenced me that were written by other people. So it’s a lot easier to do than when you do a regular studio record where all the songs are original. On this record, all the songs are original except for one. I did one cover of a song called ‘Life Of A Stranger’, written by a gal named Nadia. When she did the song, it was Europop, and it was very sparsely recorded. I listened to it and loved the melody, and I loved the lyrics. I played it for Steve, and he said, ‘We could kill this song with heavy drums and power chords and stuff and keyboards even.’ It came out great. All the other songs did as well. There’s really not a weak song on the record. Most people do a record, and they concentrate on three or four songs that they think might be singles, and then the rest of it is a lot of filler. But every song on this album I can hear on the radio. I hope DJs agree with me.”

Frehley previously spoke about the recording process for his new album in March 2023 during an appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. At the time, the 72-year-old rocker marveled at the amount of material he was able to complete, saying: “Within six days I had written and recorded five new songs, which is unprecedented for me.”

Ace‘s next all-original album will be the follow-up to “Spaceman”, which was released in October 2018 via eOne.

“Origins Vol. 2” featured cover versions of THE BEATLES“I’m Down”, DEEP PURPLE‘s “Space Truckin'”, LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Good Times Bad Times”, THE ROLLING STONES“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, THE KINKS“Lola” and THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE‘s “Manic Depression”, among others. A cover of the 1975 KISS tune “She” also appeared as a bonus track. Guests on the set included CHEAP TRICK‘s Robin Zander, Lita Ford and former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.

Simmons co-wrote two tracks on “Spaceman”, “Without You I’m Nothing” and “Your Wish Is My Command”, the latter of which also features Gene‘s bass playing.

Photo credit: Jayme Thornton





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