|Ignore The Sign, the consummate new classic rock band formed by German singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Ossy Pfeiffer, have signed to Steamhammer / SPV to release their utterly outstanding debut album 'A Line To Cross', as a Digipak CD (+ poster), gatefold double 180g double vinyl LP (with printed inner sleeves + CD in a cardboard case), download and stream on February 23rd 2018.
Having already written a bunch of songs, Ossy recruited guitarist/vocalist Anca Graterol (Rosy Vista), (former The Sweet and current MSG) guitarist Steve Mann, (former Uli Jon Roth and UFO [studio]) bass player Lars Lehmann, percussionist Momme Boe and drummer
Kristof Hinz, who has just put down the drum tracks for Eloy's latest album. "This group isn't about egos, the focus is on real team work," states Pfeiffer, adding: "Ignore The Sign consists of accomplished musicians; that's why there's no room for self-adulation. The tried and tested motto 'It's all about the song' applies to everybody involved." 'A Line To Cross' oozes this dictum.
Recorded at Anca Graterol's Frida Park Studios, 'A Line To Cross', which was produced by Pfeiffer, contains thirteen versatile tracks, all carefully chosen from a much larger number of promising ideas. Ossy notes that "since all band members were involved in the songwriting process and every one of them has brought in their very own personal fortes and preferences, we were able to draw on plentiful resources and select the strongest numbers in consultation with our record company."
'Ignore The Sign' has unmistakably benefitted from the band members' wide range of distinctive influences. A self-professed Beatles fan, Ossy Pfeiffer ("following Johann Sebastian Bach, The Beatles are the origin of music to me") ensured that every song exudes melodiousness and catchiness; Pfeiffer also played all the distinctive keyboard parts. Steve Mann threw in a tougher, more metal-oriented guitar attitude, while Anca Graterol added colour and spirit to the arrangements. Lens Lehmann brought his multifaceted style and unerring feel for bouncing funk grooves, (reminiscent of early Whitesnake) to the table, while the rhythm section comprising Kristof Hinz and Momme Boe contributed
the songs' dynamics and occasional polyrhythm.
Album opener 'Saviors Of Rock' is a soaring, bombastic hard rock song, which, along with 'Can't Find The Door', (featuring Anca Graterol singing superb lead vocal over a sophisticated, groove-laden soundtrack), will indubitably rock listeners' socks off. The galloping 'Days Of Thunder', is a tougher, foot-stomping, hook-laden hard driver; "There's not much you can do about an irresistible number like that, it simply happens" adds Pfeiffer, with a grin. The anthemic 'Behind The Wall' was written by Steve Mann and his 15 year old son Jason, who penned its surprisingly mature lyrics.
'A Line To Cross', is a triumphant, timeless, harmonious album, packed with captivating, melody drenched compositions which will effortlessly appeal to all fans of traditional classic hard rock and metal.