Ratt, the heavy metal band founded by singer Stephen Pearcy has been around since the ’80s and recently went through a rearrangement of members. Bass player Juan Croucier, one of the original band members, spoke in advance of his show at the Wellmont in Montclair on Sept. 28.
“Our priority has been to maintain the quality of the band,” he said of the glam metal group best known for its hits “Round and Round,” “Lay it Down” and “You’re in Love.”
He added the band’s goal is delivering the goods night in and night out.
Croucier laughed as he explained why so many younger kids are in the audience these days.
“We’re getting a lot of younger kids coming up and saying – my mom loves you guys!”
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According to its website, the new breed of Ratt made its debut in Kansas City on July 7, featuring original members Pearcy and Croucier with new members Jordan Ziff, lead guitars; Chris Sanders, guitars and Pete Holmes on drums. This lineup will tour in 2018.
When asked about the lineup changes to the quintet, “I’m a lifelong musician,” said Croucier, adding that he is really proud of what Ratt has done and even though there is no perfect situation, “you have to know how to give and take.” He compared a band to a marriage and emphasized how currently “the synergy of the band is amazing and there is a lot of camaraderie.”BY NET10Wireless Without Compromise.See more →
When asked about his musical influences, he replied, “I’m a kid from 60’s AM radio. For me the hit song was always king,” he said, and went on to talk about records and the absence of the internet back then. He loved groups that were great rock bands and solo artists of the day. As for current artists he enjoys, “You have such a variety of music out there. I look for quality work,” adding “I love hard rock and I also love pop music, my palette is pretty diverse.”
Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy in 2015. (Photo: Gannett)
Croucier is also a writer. He said he is in fact prolific and it’s part of why he also has his solo band. “I am now getting ready to prepare what will be my next solo record.” When asked what brings out lyrics when he is writing, he answered, “Making a statement that may change how you look at something.”
He referenced his song, and one of the bands greatest hits, “Lack of Communication” saying that it is still relevant today. “Coming up with a clever hook or catchy phrase is very rewarding.”
As to whether eyeliner and leopard skin tights are still a thing, “Honestly whatever floats your boat,” said Croucier, explaining that when playing in arenas under strong lights “it was just a way of having more definition so people could see your eyes further out in the venue.”
Croucier shared anecdotes about being a father involved in his kids’ school and even the style of books he reads (he likes autobiographies). When praised for being so personable he replied, “If you last long enough in this industry you realize how blessed you are and are humbled by your ability to survive it.”personable he replied, “If you last long enough in this industry you realize how blessed you are and are humbled by your ability to survive it.”