The Bayonets, a group composed of Paul McCartney Band guitarist Brian Ray, Lucrecia López Sanz and Oliver Leiber, have changed labels to JEM Records, the label's Marty Scott told AXS on April 18. Coinciding with the announcement, the group's most recent album, “Crash Boom Bang!,” which was originally released in 2014 by Robo Records, will be reissued on JEM on May 19 with two newly recorded songs -- “Like She Does” and “I Feel Love” -- to the original track list, boosting the number of tracks on the album to 12. JEM's Marty Scott told AXS that the album has been also given new packaging and new mastering.
Besides her work in The Bayonets, Lucrecia López Sanz, on guitar and harmony vocals, is also a member of the group Nube 9 hailing from Argentina. Drummer Oliver Leiber is son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songwriter Jerry Leiber from the team of Leiber and Stoller.
In a previous interview with Leiber and Ray, Leiber said the band came together almost on a whim. “Brian was off tour. I was kind of in between projects. We were hanging out in my backyard where the studio is. And we just kind of looked at each other and said, 'Let's do something together.' Let's do a band.”
In its original form, “Crash! Boom! Bang!” is a turn-it-up and blast-your-neighbors type of album with several loud, hard rockin' tracks, including the title song, “Smartphone,” “Cotton Candy” and “Whatcha Got.” It also featured a cameo appearance by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler on the ballad “Vagabond Soul.” “We were really lucky to have Steven Tyler sing harmony with me and an amazing ripping blues harmonica solo. He came into sing a harmony and ended up singing a whole wall of Steven Tyler,” Ray said. The group's first five singles all hit the Top 10 on the Classic Rock Mediabase radio chart. They also scored five "Coolest Songs in the World" on “Little Steven's Underground Garage.” Ray will be touring with Paul McCartney in Japan starting April 25 in Tokyo. The former Beatles bassist has also confirmed he's working on a new album.