Ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach recently discussed the matter of young vocalists on today's rock scene, expressing concern about the lack of unique-sounding musicians.
Discussing his perfectionism and meticulous work habits, Bach agreed that such approach is definitely a rarity among younger musicians.
"When I started out, you could not be a lead singer unless you had your own sound that was all your own," he told My Global Mind. "Let me explain that. Ozzy Osbourne - nobody sounds like that. Jon Bon Jovi - you know his voice. Steven Tyler - nobody sounds like that. Vince Neil - nobody sounds like that. Rob Halford - nobody sounds like that. Sebastian Bach ... I had my own sound. I do not sound like Axl Rose.
"All of us are identifiable in our vocals and immediately when you hear me sing or talk you know that is Sebastian Bach. Same with all the stars of when we were kids. These days, what you just said, I do not think that anybody tries in bands now coming up. I do not hear any lead vocalist that is coming with his own new, brand new, unique sound. Like none. Zero. If there are some, tell me! [laughs]"
The interviewer then brought up Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as an example of a unique young singer. "But that is not new," Sebastian replied, "He is great! But Linkin Park has been around for a long time. I mean, when I pick up Kerrang! and all these bands in there, I have never heard of any of them. I think the reason is because they are not unique, that is the word I am looking for, unique.
"If there are some singers, just tell me because I collect this s--t. [laughs] So I am always looking for a great singer. The last amazing singer I have ever heard was Jeff Buckley. I do not know if you know who that is but if you want to hear the most astonishing vocals, get the Jeff Buckley album 'Grace.' It is just ... I cannot believe this guy's voice. I cannot believe this is like from the mid-90s and all that time I have not heard a vocalist [like that]. Maybe I am missing somebody, I do not know. What a shame," he concluded.
Bach's latest studio effort, "Give 'Em Hell," saw its release on April 22 via Frontiers Records.