KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON; THE NEW MASERATI ALBUM WILL PROBABLY BE AWESOME!
For those worried that new Maserati music will feel lackluster with the absence of tragically deceased drumming powerhouse Jerry Fuchs, fret not: the course of the band’s sound has been so irrevocably altered since Fuchs joined up with them in 2004 that there’s no turning back, they’re branded forever with his mark. Or at least that’s the line the band’s label, Temporary Residence, is feeding us in the run-up to Maserati’s first entirely Fuchs-less album, Maserati VII (the drums on 2010’s Pyramid of the Sun had been recorded prior to Fuchs’ death), due in October.
Can it be believed? I don’t see why not, although we’ll of course reserve judgment until we finally hear the thing. New drummer Mike Albanese is no slouch, and the recording team of engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Young Widows) and mixer Steve Moore (Zombi, Lovelock) is certainly a winning combo. And then there’s this album teaser video:
It certainly seems as if Maserati are capable of making good music without Jerry. Here’s to hoping! And believing.
For shits and giggles, here’s a video I found on Maserati’s Facebook page of their classic song “Monoliths” done up in 8-bit fashion: