Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper guitarist) has released a new lyric video & single for ‘God Put a Smile Upon Your Face‘. The song is taken from his new solo album, “Imagine Your Reality”, which was released on May 25 via Cargo Records UK. The video can be seen below.
A Coldplay song would not be the obvious tune to cover on a ‘guitar-driven’ rock record like Ryan Roxie‘s “Imagine Your Reality.” Not the obvious choice, but the correct one. Roxie takes the melancholy mood of the Coldplay classic and injects a punkish energy to it with layer upon layer of raw guitar tracks while still staying true to the song’s dark timbre. Complimented by a new enigmatic video shot on location in the Las Vegas Desert by Director/Cinematographer Denise Truscello with graphic lyric overlay by Gustav Kronfelt and additional editing by Jonny Vegas, ‘God Put a Smile on Your Face’ will do to you just what the title suggests.
‘God Put a Smile Upon Your Face’ was produced by Kristoffer Follin at Purple Skull Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and is the 5th song released off of the “Imagine Your Reality'”album.
“Imagine Your Reality” is Ryan‘s first official solo release and sees him joined by other noteworthy musicians, including a collaboration with Cheap Trick‘s Robin Zander on the track “California Man”.
“Imagine Your Reality” continues Roxie‘s legacy of creating infectiously melodic songs and straight-ahead, no-nonsense rock riffs, and this time with more guitar than ever before. Ten tracks, all underlined by ten gleaming guitar solos. From the punk rock undertones of ‘Never Mind Me’ to the un-sugarcoated tale of life in ‘La La Land (To Live And Die In LA)’ to the superb Beatles-y/Oasis nod ‘Look Me In The Eye’ — it’s an uplifting big rock sound. Zander transforms ‘California Man’ into the ultimate vintage-vibed, top-down, drive-in-the-sunshine rock ‘n’ roll anthem.
Ryan said: “Cheap Trick were a major influence in my musical upbringing. Both Robin Zander and Rick Nielsenhave joined us onstage at Alice Cooper shows in the past and have always been the most quintessential rock stars. In my opinion, Robin Zander‘s voice is the definition of rock ‘n’ roll, so having him guest vocal on ‘California Man’ definitely ticks a box off my ‘greatest moments in rock ‘n roll’ list.”
Asked by A￼ntiHero if the songs on ‘Imagine Your Reality’ are all brand new or if they were created using ideas that were collected over the course of several years, Ryan said: “Let’s put it this way: everything was put together in the last year as far as getting the final songs done. When it comes to the inspiration, some of the riffs and some of maybe the vocal title tracks, some of those go back a few years. One of the riff rock tracks that we have called ‘To Live And Die in L.A.’, I had that title sort of bopping around in my head since the ’90s. It was actually one of those weird L.A. detective movies — it was the title of a movie, and I thought, ‘That title is too cool to be in just a movie. I’m going to make it a song as well.’ When you listen to the actual riff, you can actually hear a bit of maybe there are a little bit of the bands I was playing around with during that time in the ’90s influence in there. During that time, I was playing with Alice Cooper in the ‘Brutal Planet’ era as well as Slash’s Snakepit.”
1. Big Rock Show
2. Over And Done
3. California Man
4. To Live And Die In LA
5. Uh Oh Song
6. Me Generation
7. Look Me In The Eye
8. Hearts In Trouble
9. Nevermind Me
10. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
Ryan Roxie – Guitars, Vocals
Tommy Henriksen Bass on tracks 1, 6, 9
Kristoffer ‘Folle’ Folin – Bass on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Jon Bordon – Badd on track 8
Kristoffer ‘Folle’ Folin – Drums on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Glen Sobel – Drums on tracks 1, 6, 9
Anton Korberg – Drums on track 8
Seven Anapolis – Drums on track 3
Teddy ‘Zig-Zag’ Andriatis – Keyboards/Piano on track 3
John Bordon – Keyboards/Piano on track 8
Backing Vocals – Johan Becker, Kristoffer ‘Folle’ Folin, Tommy Henriksen
Special guest vocals on track 3 – Robin Zander
Lyric video for ‘God Put a Smile Upon Your Face‘