A SOUTH Devon band who have recorded their latest album with musical legend and producer Alain Johannes in Los Angeles are about to explode on to the music scene with a new sound and a new name.
Rude Tiger, who earned respect and a growing fan base, decided to change their name to Firekind and have steered their sound in a new direction.
The band, brother Jas and Dan Morris who live in Newton Abbot and D Collings who lives in Torbay, want to appeal to a larger audience.
"We just fancied a new start with a new sound, that was one of the main reasons for coming back with a new name," said Jas.
"Rude Tiger was based around progressive rock and I think we saturated the market down here."
"People also hated the name Rude Tiger," added D.
Their new name was taken from Judge Dredd and they now have a shiny new website and logo to launch their new sound.
They are itching to release their latest album, which they hope will be out later this year.
"Our music is harder, edgier. We've done a lot more producing on it," said Jas.
"We've put a lot hours in ourselves and, of course, Al did, too. A lot of thought has gone into these tracks.
"With Al co-producing the new Queen's of the Stone Age album, he divided his time with working on theirs and ours.
"The new album has been a labour of love, we've put so much into it.
"Fans may not have heard a lot from us this year so far, but it's not that we've chilling out. It's more a case of us working hard behind the scenes until we're ready to explode back on the music scene."
The band flew over to California for a month and lived in a swanky villa to record their latest offering and squeezed in a visit to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the Endevour space shuttle.
"Our apartment was amazing. It had a gym, several pools and hot tubs to chill out in which was really welcome after a long night in the studio," said Jas.
Despite all the luxury, their main focus for the trip of a lifetime was music.
They worked in Alain's studio, which had an eccentric vibe.
Gold and platinum records adorn the walls from his work with Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and No Doubt.
"His name has a lot of kudos behind it," said D.
"We forwarded a few of our tracks and our video to him to him and luckily he said he'd work with us," said Jas.
"We didn't want to get our hopes up. When he said yes we were like wicked."
"Working with Alain is a trump card for us. and he's pointing us in the right direction, he's best mates with rock royalty. We're still talking with him now, which is awesome. It makes it more special as he's a nice guy and we consider him a friend."
His studio is situated minutes from Hollywood Boulevard which lead to plenty of Hollywood A-lister sightings including Richard Dreyfuss, Emily Blunt and Rachel Hunter.
"It was a surreal experience being there. One time I was recording vocals and I looked out and Sylvester Stallone drove past, it stopped me in my tracks," said Jas.
"I stopped and asked Al if that definitely was him and he said 'yep he lives around here'."
While working in the studio they used equipment owned by music legends.
Alain called in a few favours and D used a drum kit from Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Joey Castillow, Queens of the Stone Age, and Matt Sorum of Guns 'n' Roses.
Dan was also sorted out with bass equipment Queens of the Stone Age used on their album Songs for the Deaf album
Jas was also chuffed that he was lent an amp by rock legend Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana.
"We were stressing about how much it was going to cost to get our kit over there and Al told us not to worry at all, as he'd sort us out.He said he'd ask Dave, Dave Grohl," said Jas with a smile on his face.
"I remember getting there and looking at the amps, it was really magical.
"If we rewind a year, it would never have seemed remotely possible to do that trip and work with Al.
"It makes you realise this can happen and dreams can come true."
While in Hollywood they also recorded a new video in Skid Row, one of the most underprivileged, dangerous areas of LA.
Around 18,000 homeless people live there.
"It was a scary experience," said D.
"We filmed it in daylight, we wouldn't dare go there at night," said Jas.
"There were loads of homeless people asking us for money.
"I said I might have a quarter or two and had a little bag of money and was about to pick a few out for them but he just grabbed the bag. It must have had about 40 bucks in it. I certainly didn't argue with him," joked Jas.
"It's weird, skyscrapers and wealth and minutes later we're in a poor area full of homeless people," said D.
Since returning home, the Firekind guys got to go backstage at a Soundcity gig in London where they met up with their pal Al again.
They also got to hang out with their hero Dave Grohl.
"He was such a nice guy," said Jas.
"Al was working on their tour and we went into the green room with other celebrities as well including Simon Pegg and Lee from Blue.
"One of the musician's mothers came to the gig and was sitting on the terraces and she fainted. It was Dave Grohl who rushed to her rescue and said 'she needs water and a seat'.
"Our sound guy Paul was helping Dave Grohl carry the seat over. It was such a surreal moment."
The band are putting the finishing touches to their album, so to whet the appetite they'll release an EP in the coming weeks.
"We also have the track Adrenaline out which is a free download of our website," said Jas.
"The album has been a labour of love, we've put so much into it. The problem with the music industry is it all takes time for things to get done.
"Fans may not have heard a lot from us this year so far, but it's not that we've chilled out. It's more a case of us working hard behind the scenes until we're ready to explode back on the music scene."
They've also recorded another video titled If There's Any Reason.
"It's filmed in black and white in studios near our home," said Jas.
"It has a slow motion, art deco vibe and is full of angst.
"We recorded the video ourselves as we had a vision and knew exactly what we wanted and knew how we wanted it to look."
Fans of the band can get a sneaky peek at their new material when they headline the Big Bang concert on Paignton Green on August 3.
"We are looking forward to getting out there and playing locally," said D.
"We can't wait to get gigging again and tour the hell out of the new album."
"Firekind will have an official launch and we've got things in mind, but it's all a secret at the moment," said Jas.
The band will also head out to Thailand for the Global Battle of the Bands final.
"We got through to the final last year but they took place when we going to LA, so we had to make the choice whether to go to Romania for the contest or work with a rock legend and we picked the latter," said Jas.
"We couldn't make it last year, but we've been invited back early next year."