Artist Spotlight: The Villains
Jim Brickman chats with Dan Call of the Villains this weekend in the Artist Spotlight!
JB: Today in the Artist Spotlight, so happy to be catching up with The Villains! We’re talking with Dan Call of The Villains today about their brand new song “Love Is.” How are you doing, Dan?
DC: Hey Jim, good to be here, thanks for having me.
JB: It’s my pleasure! It’s good to have you back on. Listeners who are faithful to this show (which is pretty much everybody!)…you’re often on the show, so a lot of our friends have become fans of yours. So the brand new song “Love Is,” would you say that it is a hopeful love song? Is it a positive message that you’re trying to get across?
DC: Absolutely. It’s positive, but more importantly, it’s truth. And it can relate to, you know, any gender, race, religion, anybody can understand the feelings that are expressed in it. Your first love, the love of your life…it’s just so relatable and that’s what I really liked about it and that’s why it was easy to pick as a single.
JB: And I know that it was somewhat inspired in a way by a concert you saw by Electric Light Orchestra, and that’s so cool because when you go back and listen to some of these songs, I think a lot of people don’t realize that songwriters are actually inspired by not just stories but reminiscing about the kind of music they grew up with.
DC: Especially when something hits you that hard! I can remember my first concerts in high school and I still remember them as clear today and it still affects every aspect of writing, recording…it never really goes away, even though times change and there are different genres that come up, your main core constantly focuses on that and it still creates today for me.
More about The Villains’ One More Time
“The goal was to make the greatest rock record of all time”, The Villains own Dan Call says, when discussing the motivation behind writing and recording the band’s new album, One More Time. “We didn’t want to leave anything on the field. Every song had to be as strong or stronger than the one before it.” Then with a short laugh he adds, “Now it’s up to the universe to decide.” Certainly, no one would accuse The Villains of not being ambitious. Mention the bands lofty hopes of creating a ‘tour de force’ to any fan or music industry insider and they will all tell you the same thing: “They just might do it.”
From the opening track ‘Love Is’ to the funk inspired rock of first single ‘Believe In The Music’, One More Time is a blistering ten song statement that rock is still alive and well. Sometimes referred to as ‘America’s Greatest Rock Band’, The Villains have carved out their place with passion, hard work, and a dedication to deliver music and a live show that their fans deserve, all the time…every time. One More Time takes the band to the next level as evidenced in the songs, vision, and production.
The Villains’ mantra has always been the same; “write great songs, make great records, and never forget who you’re making them for”, a formula that’s served them well. All five members (Magno, Jimmy James Schmitt, Dan Call, Sean McNally, and new member, Richard Gibson) have recorded and performed with many mainstream and indie artists from Nashville to New York, as well as touring the world together and individually. What started as a recording project for Magno, Dan, and Sean after three years on the road, quickly turned into a record that would eventually become their debut. Jimmy James Schmitt was invited in to round out the group and in the spirit of classic multi-vocal acts such as The Band, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac, the blend of different singers and styles created a solidifying, contemporary sound: unique and uncompromising.
Their 2010 debut album, Just Another Saturday Night, yielded two Triple A Top 40 singles ‘Let’s Forget About It Tonight’ and ‘You Don’t Have To Say’, garnering much critical success. In 2012, they released their second record Velocity, produced by Stan Lynch (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Don Henley) and Billy Chapin (Backstreet Boys, Edwin McCain). The record produced two Adult Contemporary Top 25 singles, ‘(My) Rainy Day Girl’ (#23) and ‘Don’t Know A Thing’ (#25). They then capped the year off with the Top 40 Holiday Chart single, ‘Christmas Is Where You Are’. Their next release, 2014’s A Little Something For The Pain, again produced two Adult Contemporary Top 25 hits, ‘The First’ (#22) and ‘It Rained Everyday’ (#22). As if that wasn’t enough, the records third single, ‘Save The World’, became the bands first Adult Contemporary Top 20 single! 2016 ended with a new Holiday Top 40 single, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming Tonight’. The first single from the highly anticipated One More Time, ‘Believe In The Music’, was released in May 2017 and became their second Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 20 single. The next single, ‘Love Is’, will go to radio in early 2018.
The Villains plan to continue their rise in 2017 by getting out there with the people that matter most, their ever growing legion of fans. Touring and sharing with them what they know is their strongest work to date, their brand new record… One More Time.
Dianña (pronounced Dee-on-ya) has found her true calling as a traditional country music singer/songwriter after having written, recorded and performed with many well-known R&B, rap, rock, pop, gospel, alternative, and country artists from Snoop Dogg to Amy Grant.
“If this groovy corner of the New York City scene is going to take the world by storm, Lawrence may well be its best bet for the future.” – Live For Live Music
“To me, rock wasn’t meant to be pretty, but desperate, risky and bombastic…where it could go off the rails at any moment.” – Andrew Reed