ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s been a rainy couple of days for Ron Underwood while on tour.
“It’s been nonstop rain for three days,” he says during a recent phone interview from Portland, Ore. “The tour has been great, though. Being on the road with Mushroomhead, we’ve seen a lot of sell-out shows. Their fans are crazy people and it’s been a great cross over for us.”
Underwood is the vocalist for rock band 9Electric.
He says the band will have a new album coming out in early 2016.
“We have (producer) Kane Churko helming the project,” he says. “We ran into him through some friends in Las Vegas (Nev.). We also know his father Kevin Churko. The Churkos were high on our list of people that we wanted to work with on some point. Luckily, our schedule worked out to have Kane work on it.”
The band sent a demo to the younger Churko and he mixed it.
“When we got the song back, it wasn’t even like the same song,” he says. “It was like night and day. We gave him all the right tracks and it sounded like it was radio ready.”
Underwood says when the band is off the road in January, the group will head back into the studio to finalize all the songs with Churko.
“I’m just really stoked,” he says. “We all contribute to everything we do. We are able to capture our ideas as we go and we build everything as we go. And it’s been built on the road. I’m actually laying down vocals today on our RV. We record in our hotels, RV and we have done it all ourselves.”
9Electric formed four years ago and Underwood says the band takes the opportunities that are presented to them.
“The music business is so hit and miss,” he says. “We’ve learned that in order to move forward, we have to take chances. It’s important for us to do that. We have so many influences that it’s really difficult to classify what we’re doing.”