Guitarist Todd Youth (MURPHY'S LAW, D-GENERATION, DANZIG) has launched two new bands, THE ROYAL HIGHNESS and CAPRICORN.
Commented Youth: "THE ROYAL HIGHNESS is my new band. All the members have worked together before. Skye (lead vocals, ex-BULLETS AND OCTANE) had been in THE CHELSEA SMILES and sang on the last SON OF SAM record that I did. Karl Rosqvist has played drums on almost everything I've done the past few years (SON OF SAM, THE CHELSEA SMILES, CAPRICORN, DANZIG touring drummer in 2006), Johnny Martin (bass) was also in the SMILES,and I know RJ Ronquillo (guitar) from doing session work; he's an amazing musician and has played with Stevie Wonder, Santana and Ricky Martin, to name a few, but he's a Detroit rock and roller at heart! He also did the last SMILES tour of the U.K."
He added, "We wanted to have a fresh start without all the baggage that came with THE CHELSEA SMILES (bad record deals, bad management, etc.), so we wrote all new material and I couldn't be happier."
THE ROYAL HIGHNESS is currently in the studio recording its debut album with producer Howard Willing (SMASHING PUMKINS, OK GO, CHEAP TRICK). The band will also make its live debut on December 4 at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California as the support act for FIREBALL MINISTRY.
THE ROYAL HIGHNESS has one track up on its MySpace page, and the first 500 people who e-mail the band at email@example.com will receive a free MP3 of the song "Two Steps Back".
CAPRICORN is a project that Youth and MONSTER MAGNET guitarist Phil Caivano have been working on for a while and which was originally set to feature ex-MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor and former NASHVILLE PUSSY bassist Corey Parks.
"I've been trying to get CAPRICORN off the ground ever since I filled in on guitar for MOTÖRHEAD on the 'Hammered' tour," said Youth. "We finally made it into the studio last month and recorded a few songs."
CAPRICORN, whose music is described by Youth as "killer dirty, speed-freak rock 'n' roll," will release a seven-inch single on the Swedish label Deleted Art.
"After a couple of false starts, we decided to record it as a trio with Phil and myself doing all the guitars and bass, along with my right-hand man Karl Rosqvist on drums," said Youth.
You can hear two songs from CAPRICORN on the band's MySpace page.
THE ROYAL HIGHNESS: