Photo by: Kevin RC Wilson
Official press release:
Former Guns N’ Roses and current Art of Anarchy guitarist, vocalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has signed a deal with EMP Label Group who will re-release his epic 2015 independent solo release Little Brother Is Watching on CD and vinyl double LP August 25th, 2017.
Little Brother Is Watching is an eccentric, upbeat collection of epic, modern rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond, specifically, Thal’s own life and coming to terms with what we all face – beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and includes a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York. The day after its initial release, the album went as high as #4 on the Amazon.com Rock Charts in Europe.
Little Brother Is Watching features the singles “Little Brother is Watching” and the epic “Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore”, with a video filmed in three countries with 12 sets and 50 actors, including the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Fortress of Klis and Diocletian Palace in Croatia, and being granted exclusive access to ancient Roman ruins by the Jordanian border with the distinction of being the only music video to ever have been shot there.
EMP Label Group’s Thom Hazaert says of the collaboration:
“Myself and Ron have been working together for years now, even pre-EMP, through the original release of Little Brother Is Watching, and discussing various scenarios for a wider retail release. Obviously, Ron and David (Ellefson) have a great relationship, and eventually the stars aligned and we are extremely proud to welcome Bumblefoot to the EMP family!”
Thal echoes those sentiments:
“A great pleasure to officially join the EMP family! We’re starting off with the vinyl release of the Bumblefoot Little Brother Is Watching album, and we’ll grow from there. Looking forward to a bright future together.”