Yesterday, it was revealed that shock rocker Rob Zombie, his guitarist John 5, and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx were forming a supergroup named L.A. Rats, with Ozzy drummer Tony Clufetos rounding out the line-up. Now, the band’s first single, a cover of Geoff Mack’s classic “I’ve Been Everywhere,” has been unleashed upon the world.
As you’ll hear below, L.A. Rats’ cover of “I’ve Been Everywhere” is 100% what you expect it to be — a bounding, crunchy heavy metal jam with all the fixins. You’ve got John 5’s sheet-metal bounce riffs, you’ve got Nikki Sixx’s sneering attitude, and you’ve got Rob Zombie rambling a hillbilly stream-of-consciousness about having traveled at some point to Buffalo and Sarasota. As fare as songs go to smoke a joint with your feet out the window on a road trip to, you can do no better.
“Isn’t it ironic? This song that’s so rock and roll, that’s so country, that’s so all of it — it’s the traveling circus, city to city, riff to riff, greasy cheeseburger, rinse and repeat,” says Sixx of the track, via Blabbermouth. “It’s poetry based on reality — and it’s something every one of us has lived.
“We wanted to bring that fire that’s Johnny Cash, but it’s also how do we flip it?” he continues. “So John 5 and I brought in this Zeppelin-y half-time thing from the beginning with Rob talking on the outro. But I also did some stuff (that suggested the original) like those big walks through the guitar parts upright player style, which is something I don’t do in Mötley or Sixx:AM. We all had that freedom to go other places, and we did.”
Check out L.A. Rats’ cover of “I’ve Been Everywhere” below:
“I’ve Been Everywhere” comes from the soundtrack of the upcoming Liam Neeson vehicle The Ice Road, out June 25th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below:
Words by Chris Krovatin