Juan Croucier says that it is “inevitable” that RATT will eventually return to the studio to record new music.
RATT‘s last studio album, 2010’s “Infestation”, featured Robbie Crane on bass instead of Croucier, who rejoined the group in 2012. After putting the band on hold for a few years, Juan and two other members of RATT‘s classic lineup — singer Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini — became embroiled in a highly publicized legal battle with drummer Bobby Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name, with the trio finally emerging victorious several months ago.
During a July 10 appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Croucier was asked if there are any plans for RATT to release a follow-up to “Infestation”. He responded: “Naturally, what we do is, obviously, like many other rock bands, we write songs, record and perform. And at this juncture, I’m sitting on a lot of songs, and I know that Warren and Stephen also have a a lot of things as well.
“We’re trying to get our legs under us right now and just kind of take the first step,” he continued. “I think it’s inevitable, at some point, that we’ll record. I’m not sure whether it’s gonna be single, or a couple of singles, or EP, LP — that’s yet to be determined. But right now, we’re kind of dealing with one thing at a time and keeping the focus of the band where it should be, which, at the moment, is playing live and letting people know that this isn’t a fluke and we’re here to stay.
“I can’t really get into what’s gonna happen in the future as far as releasing records or not, because I can’t speak for everybody, I can only speak for myself. But, naturally, we wanna stay creative, and it’s sort of a band’s lifeblood to keep releasing material. So that’s a really important factor. We just have to figure out what the right timing would be for that.”
Croucier explained that he personally didn’t want to “make a record just for [the sake of] making a record. I wanna make a record because we have something to say and we all agree that it’s an appropriate thing for us to say, and we all wanna do it as a team collectively,” he added. “That’s really at the heart of the matter. And the good news is there’s certainly no shortage of songs for RATT. I mean, I’ve been sitting on so many songs, it’s almost scary for me. So that’s a good thing — we’ve got a lot of material. So now it’s just a question of what’s gonna fit, what’s gonna be appropriate to do, what’s the right move to make. And it’s not like you wanna be calculated, but you just wanna take the right steps at the right time to facilitate maximum impact, if you will. Too many records come out, they’re promoted before the record’s even out, and the day it comes out, it’s like, ‘Poof!’ What happened to that?'”