Ever since Jeff Rains first caught the music bug at age 15, he’s been doing things his own way. Even though the Indiana-based guitarist/vocalist wasn’t signed to a label, Rains regularly wrote, recorded and produced his own original music.
Having spent three solid years touring with the likes of Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed and Black Stone Cherry, Rains recently took some time off to be with his family and to finish his sophomore release, From The Ashes.
The new album, which will be released June 17, features more of the melodic hard rock sound Rains has become known for. Tracks like “Radio Song,” “Better Man” and “Believe” delve deep into Rains’ psyche while “Hero” crosses over into a more mainstream arena. From The Ashes even includes a dynamic cover of Kanye West’s “Heartless.”
I recently spoke with Rains about From The Ashes and more.
GUITAR WORLD: It’s been a few years since your debut album, Stories, was released. Why such a long wait?
I don’t really have a band, so I do everything on my own. I record all of the instruments, write all of the songs and produce everything. That makes the process of making a record take a little bit longer than most. We also went through a few management changes during that time, and the singles were really lasting a long time on the radio. Ideally, I wanted to get the record out faster but there were circumstances that kept happening and I didn’t want to rush it.
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