It’s early April and Volbeat is a week out from kicking off its North American tour. It will be the Danish metal band’s first time on stage since August, so the band is dusting off the cobwebs some when I catch guitarist Robert Caggiano on the phone to talk, in advance of the band’s stop April 21 to headline Blazefest.
Volbeat is known as a touring hard, so the time off was necessity. It was finishing its new album, “Seal the Deal and Let’s Boogie.” The album (available for pre-order now) does away with the western theme that weaved throughout the band’s last effort, 2013’s “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies,” and opts for a more diverse sound.
“On this record, there’s no boundaries, there’s no rules,” he says.
Other takeaways from the interview:
Time zones aren’t your friend
While the band is from Denmark (they were in Copenhagen rehearsing in advance of their current tour), Volbeat plays and is known internationally. That means adjusting schedules to do press interviews and the like. Our 10:30 a.m. conversation was happening at 7:30 p.m. in Copenhagen. The back-and-forth can test your limits, Caggiano says.
“I feel like I’m a time traveler at this point.”
Genre classifications are funny
Caggiano laughs at the idea of genre classifications; of all the genres, sub-genres and sub-sub-genres with names like “normal core.” They mean nothing to the band.
“For me, it’s all rock and roll. Volbeat does rock and roll.”
Jim Breuer’s new album is metal!
Caggiano recently worked with Jim Breuer on the comedian’s upcoming metal album, “Songs From the Garage.” Breuer is a long time metal fan, and has done gigs at metal music festivals in the past. He reached out to Caggiano and the pair just clicked. Caggiano produced, played on and co-wrote the album, which features a guest spot from ex-AC/DC singer Brian Johnson.
“It’s gonna be killer,” Caggiano says.
You can pre-order the album now. If the first single is an indication, the album is more than just funny.