Rumors have been floating around the internet that former Fuel lead singer Brett Scallions has formed a new band called ‘Refueled’ with his former bandmate, Fuel bassist Jeff Abercrombie. Alternative Addiction was lucky enough to catch up with Scallions and asked him to confirm the rumors of the new band.
"It’s as true as the dates that have been booked already," Scallions told Alternative Addiction. "Jeff and I have remained friends, he called me up a while back and we decided - let’s go out and have fun because he and I haven't played together in a while. It just seemed like the timing was right.”
Scallions has also recruited former Buckcherry guitarist Yogi, and former Candiria drummer Ken Schalk to round out the line up. The band has put together a list of tour dates for the fall where they are expected to be playing all the classic Fuel songs, from the band’s first three albums. The itinerary’s first date is scheduled as a free show in Tempe, AZ on August 28th.
“We're going to do 2-3 weeks in late September through early October,” Scallions says of the newly announced itinerary. “We plan to go back out again in November and December, [and] then next year all bets are off.”
Scallions also dismissed the notion that Refueled was simply a touring act, stating that new material from the reformed band may be coming in the future as well.
“The beauty of this outfit is four guys who are all very creative and artistic. The possibilities of new music coming out of this are very good,” said Scallions.
Obviously missing from the Refueled line up is original Fuel drummer Kevin Miller, and Fuel guitarist/songwriter Carl Bell. When asked if either Bell or Miller were considered for inclusion in Refueled, Scallions said half jokingly: "No not really."
"I hate to sound like that; it is definitely something in your mind…it’s always there,” said Scallions. “That is the core…that is the original Fuel, and something that our core fans are always going to aspire to see again."
Scallions was however quick to point out that forming Refueled is not intended to disrespect any of the former members of Fuel, just to have fun playing the classic Fuel songs.
"This isn't about trying to embarrass Carl or Kevin or make them look bad. This is simply Jeff and I trying to have some fun and play the music that we helped make famous."
Scallions went on to say that he felt like he and Abercrombie had a “legacy” that they helped create with Fuel, and that they were entitled to play these songs in the same way that Bell and Miller are.
“Jeff and I saw that thing from the ground [up], and we fought hard to make it what it was. We just want to go out play the songs that we helped make popular.”
As for the reason that Carl and Kevin aren’t in the band, Scallions cited the same reasons that tore the band apart three years ago.
“Unfortunately we've gone through the issues with drugs and financial grievances of things,” said Scallions. “Money and power and greed are really awful, nasty things that can get in the way some times.”
Outside of his work with Refueled, Scallions has also been hard at work on a side project with Sean Danielsen of Smile Empty Soul and producer Eddie Wall, writing and recording an album under the name World Fire Brigade.
"It's much heavier than anything I ever did with Fuel,” Scallions says of World Fire Brigade’s sound. “We've done a lot of stuff in lower tones which is a first for me also, it's very deep, heavy, and even growly at times."
Oddly enough, Scallions says the trio set out to write the songs for other artists to record but after a few writings sessions, they realized they were onto something much bigger.
“It got to the point where we looked at each other and said, 'you know, this is too good to give away, we need to do this for ourselves,’” said Scallions. “That is where it kinda spawned out."
Scallions says the World Fire Brigade album is almost three quarters of the way complete, and is planned to be released early next spring.
"We would like to get a song out before then end of this year just to set it up, and then have it out in March or April of next year, fingers crossed."
Overall, Scallions says he’s in a much more enjoyable place as a musician than he was a few years back as Fuel was unraveling.
“I was just so burnt out, discussed and depressed with where I was and what was going on with my life musically and creatively. I had lost my passion for the whole environment.”
Now rejuvenated and energized by these new projects, Scallions is ready to introduce the world to the sounds of World Fire Brigade, and remind them of the great music he created as a part of Fuel while touring with Refueled.
"With Refueled, this is a celebration of what I was a part of and what Jeff was a part of, and [a chance] to reconnect with our fans,” said Scallions. “I think ultimately that is what it is all about, just great music and having fun with the fans, it's just four guys having a blast."
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