One of modern music's hardest working bands, touring until the van explodes is nothing new to these guys. 2011 saw them tour the West Coast with DGeneration, take part in South By Southwest, co-headline both the first Experience NoHo Festival in Los Angeles and the Sound Festival in Seattle. Prior to that, Prima Donna had combed most of the free world with their allies Green Day, supporting the mega-band in arenas on the European and Asian continents.
The band's friendship with Green Day began when Prima Donna frontman, singer/guitarist Kevin Preston, joined Green Day side-project Foxboro Hot Tubs for their live dates. Following Prima Donna's extensive touring with Green Day, GD offered up their own Jingletown Recorders in Oakland for Prima Donna to use, and enlisted their head engineer, Chris Dugan, to guide the journey. The end result is the 12-song, Dugan-produced Bless this Mess. Right from the opening Sociopath, (a backhanded look at the social media obsession), through the soul-infused Tryin', to the sleazy Crimson Lust, and the barroom sing-along Broken, this is an album that is determined to take you on a voyage. "We wanted to make an album that was hard to categorize," says PD drummer David, adding "we want people to get involved in it." "It should be like a roller coaster ride!" says the band's always exuberant bassist, Lights Out.
The previously mentioned single, Feral Children, was mixed by Grammy winner D. Sardy (Jet, Wolfmother, Slayer, Noel Gallagher, many more), and sonically calls to mind his most successful achievements. A swinging shuffle-beat, with lead guitar octave lines slithering over muted rhythms, sets up the anthemic chorus. "I wanted to write a song that could shake up a stadium full of rockers," laughs Kevin Preston, who penned the song. "I don't know exactly how it grew into such an obsessive monster, but I'm glad it did."
RESPONSIBLE AGENT: RYAN DONOVAN