Love and Death is the new band led by former KoЯn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. The band recently released their debut album, Between Here & Lost (Tooth & Nail Records). The new album features eleven songs that tell a personal story and triumph to emotionally charged anthems. It even features their fantastic take on Devo’s hit of the ‘80s, Whip It. In a recent interview with Welch, he talked about his start in music, the new band and album, as well as his recent reconnection with KoЯn .
Welch found his passion for music at the very young age of eight. “I knew that I wanted to play music from a young age,” he said. A real turning point for him was when he heard The Game by Queen and at the age of ten he got his first guitar. From there, his major musical influences included bands such as AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken and Van Halen. He quickly started learning the songs by these bands. “It was easy for me to learn the songs. I have an ear for music because of my passion for it,” he said.
Welch was the original guitarist and co-founder of KoЯn, which formed in California in 1993. He left the band in 2005 due to personal reasons, and to pursue a solo career. In May of 2012, Welch performed an impromptu performance with KoЯn when vocalist Jonathan Davis brought him onstage as a special guest to close their show. “It was amazing…I hadn’t seem some of them in seven or eight years. It was so emotional…it was totally awesome. It really changed my outlook,” he said. Welch will perform more shows with KoЯn in the near future, including Rock on the Range in May and in the U.K. at the Download Festival this June .
Love and Death formed in 2009 when Welch decided to have open auditions on You Tube. “I picked the guys and then had a jam session in Phoenix. Over the last couple of years, there have been a few lineup changes as we went through normal growing pains,” he explained. The current lineup is something he is very proud of. This record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression and drama…
Between Here & Lost captures the honesty of light and darkness, beauty and tragedy, good and evil, delivered with intense passion and commitment to the message of the music. “This record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression and drama,” Welch said. “However, we came out on top and the end result is a very real, raw, and honest record.” He added, “It’s about struggling and overcoming a lot.” He talked about how there is a broader meaning to the songs, and he wants fans to be able to take away their own meaning of the music. The first single off the album, Meltdown, is one of Welch’s favorite songs off the album because of the combination of the heavy riffs and melodies. The biggest surprise off the album is the ‘80s hit Whip It from Devo. “The idea came from our manager…I heard the idea in my head. I love playing it every night. It’s fun,” he explained.
The band recently launched a fifteen city tour with Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch. The tour also features The Letter Black and The Wedding. At the time of the interview the members of Love and Death were on the second show of the tour. “Usually the first show sucks but we’re off to a really good start,” said Welch.
Welch has been very open about finding Christianity in his life. It’s no secret that spirituality is a very important part of his world. He spoke candidly about how he always strives to be positive. “It all comes from my spiritual life. Even the bad days get turned around for the good. I always know that when a cloud comes over me, it always passes,” he explained.
In addition, a video for The Abandoning has recently been released. The interview concluded with a message to the fans: “Come see the show…much love to everybody,” Welch said.
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