AMERICAN TEARS WILL RELEASE THEIR LATEST ALBUM, FREE ANGEL EXPRESS, THROUGH DEKO ENTERTAINMENT ON OCTOBER 23RD. FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO “SLEDGEHAMMERED” OUT NOW.
American Tears is an American keyboard trio that released its first record, Branded Bad, on Columbia Records in 1974, it's second, Tear Gas, in 1975, and its final for Columbia, Powerhouse in 1977 before keyboard player Mark Mangold reformed them in 2018. The latest, Free Angel Express features Alex Landenburg (Stratovarius, Kamelot, Rhapsody, Cyhra) on drums, with guest appearances by Barry Sparks (UFO, Dokken), Doug Howard (Touch, Utopia, Edgar Winter Band) and Charlie Calv (Angel, Shotgun Symphony).
About the making of Free Angel Express, “If I can convey and express an emotion, create a thought, a "moment", I'm good. It's music, but it's also life," explains Mangold, who has also fronted melodic rockers Touch, who played at the very first Monster Of Rock and AOR band Drive, She Said. "Gotta let the imagination fly. There was no one to confuse me so I just followed instincts and chased the adrenaline.” American Tears continues its journey with keyboard rock that varies from extended progressive and heartfelt songs offering anthemic choruses, lush tapestries, scathing soloing and poignant lyrics.
“A great electronic driven musical variety…songs, keyboard work, vocals shine…” Warren Kurtz GOLDMINE
Uncompromising…reaching to days when rock protested norms”
Howard Johnson ROCK CANDY
REALLY cool. Pulls no punches and lets the music take you were it bloody well pleases.”
Erik Thompson SWEDEN ROCK
“Sledgehammered” is the first single and video, Mark states, “"We wanted to start the album off loud and crazy. It started from a little trick I had on the organ. Almost a guitar riff really. I built the song from that…..I do think like a guitar player sometimes, but I think if Sledgehammered were played on guitar it could just be another guitar song...not a bad one ha ha...but the Hammond takes it to a whole 'nuther fresh level for me.”
View the video for Sledgehammered here: