Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons
Singles & EPs
About Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons
A hard-hitting, old-school rock outfit led by Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell, Phil Campbell & the Bastard Sons were formed after the death of Motörhead frontman Lemmy in 2015.
Following the inevitable disbandment of Motörhead, Campbell announced he was working on a solo album, recording with a plethora of guest artists including Rob Halford, Joe Satriani, and Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn. Around the same time, he formed a new band, Phil Campbell & the Bastard Sons. Alongside former Attack! Attack! vocalist Neil Starr, the group featured Campbell's three actual sons: guitarist Todd, bassist Tyla, and drummer Dane. While still very much in an old-school rock vein, the new band's material was more stylistically varied than Motörhead's. Their eponymous debut EP appeared in 2016, and their debut full-length, The Age of Absurdity, arrived in 2018 through Nuclear Blast. After the release of the album, Campbell returned to his solo effort, Old Lions Still Roar, which appeared in 2019.
The Bastard Sons reconvened in 2020 to record their sophomore album. Despite COVID-19 putting some of their plans on hold, the band decided to continue with the release of the record. Engineered by son Todd during lockdown and mixed by Soren Andersen (the Answer, Dead Daisies) the resulting We're the Bastards was issued at the end of 2020, once again by Nuclear Blast. ~ John D. Buchanan