Interviewed by Robert Cavuoto
Ex-Accept vocalist David Reece will be releasing his latest solo CD, Cacophony of Souls, on March 13th. This release has him teaming up with Ex-U.D.O. guitarist Andy Susemihl for this fiery CD, packed with powerful riffs, soaring vocals and metal balls! It is just what you would expect from these two longstanding musicians. An extensive tour across Europe will follow the release!
I caught up with David, from Italy, to talk about his release, teaming up with Andy, overcoming career challenges, and their upcoming tour!
Robert Cavuoto: You and Andy make an excellent team. How did you come to work together?
David Reece: I’ve known Andy since 1987 we met while I was recording the Eat the Heat with Accept and he was recording with U.D.O. We’ve been friends for a long time and done several records and tours together in Europe and the UK. Andy and I wrote and recorded my first solo album, Universal Language in 2009.
Robert Cavuoto: What does he bring to the creative process that you like?
David Reece: In my opinion, he is one of the greatest guitarists in the world. He’s also a great songwriter. We have a strange telepathic connection when writing songs that you can hear on Cacophony of Souls. Our chemistry really works. He’s also produced, arranged, and mixed the album. He is a truly talented guy and I’m lucky to be working with him. Also, I’ve got one of the greatest rhythm sections in the world with Malte Frederik Burkert on bass and Andrea Gianangeli on drums.
Robert Cavuoto: My favorite track is “Chasing the Shadows” as you have a David Lee Roth vibe on the vocals. What can you tell me about its creation and do you think it has an old school Van Halen feel?
David Reece: I’ll take that as a compliment. David Lee Roth is one of the greatest frontmen of all time. Come to think of it, it does have a kind of first Van Halen album or even a Fair Warning vibe vocally and guitar-wise. Andy and I actually wrote the song a few years ago and it was intended to go on an album, but the stupid record company at the time didn’t put it on the disc but put it in the running order! Andy wasn’t a happy guitar player and flipped out as did I because it’s such a great song. When we decided to do Cacophony of Souls, he demanded we give the song new life by adding new bass and drums to it. I’m very pleased with that song; it’s a beast of an album opener.
Robert Cavuoto: What inspires you when it comes to writing lyrics?
David Reece: I’m inspired by vibes. If a riff is right, I sort already know where to go with it lyrically. Tempos and attitude are important as well as the key of the songs. Certain keys suit every singer differently, so it has to flow, then I can put my mind to lyrics.
Robert Cavuoto: Where does this CD rate for you personally?
David Reece: Without talking the usual trash, I think it’s our best to date. My last album Resilient Heart was great, but I knew I needed to give the next one some more metal balls.
Robert Cavuoto: Do you prefer to be in a band or doing your solo projects?
David Reece: Definitely solo. I have to say I’ve spent years thinking that bands are some brotherhood or democracy but that’s not the case. There are so many dynamics when playing in bands like wives, kids, touring pressure, and personalities. It works better for me if I’m in the driver’s seat. Of course, you must respect each other and hear each person’s ideas, etc., but someone’s got to finish the steak on the grill; otherwise, nothing gets accomplished.
Robert Cavuoto: What are some of the pros and cons to each?
David Reece: Like any business, there’s a plethora! I could give you a million of each, but so I don’t want this interview to get boring [laughing]. One important pro is the fans! Without them there is no me and I never take that blessing for granted. Also, there’s a certain feeling of accomplishment when you do an album and you know it’s good. The cons, where do I start? Touring is becoming more and more difficult. Managing expenses to keep a tour afloat is a super challenge because traveling with multiple people is nuts. Still, it’s got to cover all the ranges of dynamics to keep it oiled. Record sales are difficult also because streaming seems to be the new doggy in the window? And my most hated of all things is when someone steals our work by illegally downloading the record. It’s like me saying, I took your car because the keys were in it?
Robert Cavuoto: Will there be a tour to support the CD?
David Reece: Yes, we begin on March 13, 2020, the official release day in Germany, where we will play two nights then off through the UK in April and back through Europe in May and June. I’m waiting on word for some summer festivals at the moment and then in September, we start again in Hamburg heading into Scandinavia.
Robert Cavuoto: What do you think has been your biggest challenge so far in your career?
David Reece: Quitting alcohol was one of my most challenging things. I knew I had a drinking problem, but with this life, it sort of goes hand-in-hand, so it was something I really needed to stop. I’m feeling, looking, and, most importantly, singing better than before. There are many day-to-day challenges though it’s gotten to the point where I’m able to say no if I disagree with something. There’s a lot of bullshit in this business and I try and decide what my gut tells me rather than follow the sheep.
Robert Cavuoto: Who has the best pizza Italy or New York City?
David Reece: I live in Italy, so of course Italy! The best pizza in Italy is Gino Sorbillo in Napoli; you all gotta try it if you’re ever there!