Updated: Dec 15, 2020
RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has released a new solo song called "Night Flight". The track, a collaboration between Pearcy and his longtime guitarist Erik Ferentinos, is expected to appear on Stephen's upcoming sixth solo album, which is tentatively due in 2021. The follow-up to 2018's "View To A Thrill" will feature 13 tracks.
Pearcy shared "Night Flight" on his social media last night, writing in an accompanying caption: "'Night Flight' (Pearcy/Erik Ferentinos) from the Covid Tapes TFR 2020 RATT #rattproblem".
On Wednesday, Pearcy first hinted that there was a problem within the RATT camp, stating on his Facebook page: "Looks like RATT will not be recording any new music anytime soon." He added in a statement: "Anything I write I think of RATT first and did when went in for 'View', or try and offer it up, nothing there I move forward. Hence the next (6th) solo record with Erik Ferentinos and Matt Thorne. When we go into the studio we're prepared, we don't f#+k around, we go for the throat, next."
This past July, Ferentinos, who has played with Pearcy for nearly two decades, told All Music/All Bands about the musical direction of Stephen's next album: "The new record will have the '80s rock sound that fans have come to expect from us with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. There are some heavy bangers on there that the RATT fans will love. I try to keep it edgy, but I want us to have a hit. I'm always trying to top what we've done so far, with catchier riffs and melodies to get more fans interested in our music."
Stephen's most recent release was the "All That I Want" solo single, He told Marci Wiser of the 95.5 KLOS radio station: "I didn't know where that song was gonna end up — a RATT song or solo — so I decided it's just gonna be put out there."
Asked if the track will appear on a full-length album at some point in the future, Pearcy said: "No. It's just a song. That's all I do is write with Erik Ferentinos, a co-writer friend of mine, been in my band forever, solo band. And it's all good. We just write and if we feel it fits to be heard, we put it out."
As for the lyrical inspiration for "All That I Want", Pearcy said: "It's a relationship song, and it just felt right for the times. Everybody's locked up, and what's really important to you? Your partner — somebody close to you, somebody to dig, love."
This past March, Pearcy released another new solo song called "Making Crazy".
Pearcy's fifth solo LP, "View To A Thrill", came out in November 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2017's "Smash" was produced by Matt Thorne and Pearcy and was mixed and mastered by Thorne and Ferentinos.