Rocket over at did a great interview with LoNero founder, Bill Lonero.  Here are some excerpts from the interview:

ROCKET: Let’s talk about the new album by LoNero entitled “The Defiant Machine” . Where was it recorded and who produced it?

LONERO: Most of the guitars were recorded at our studio with some recorded at my house. The drums were tracked at our drummers house. I produced it. I did all the artwork as well.

ROCKET: What was the songwriting process for the album like? Did you write songs together as a band?

LONERO: The initial album started completely different. I had written 24 songs and was pretty happy with the direction. Then I had written song 25 which was “Defiant”. It was my first attempt at writing keyboards and drums. I really liked the way it turned out and decided I wanted the whole album to be in that style which was a more progressive style you could say. So I trashed the previous 24 songs and started from scratch. The next song I wrote I called “The Machine”. With those two titles I had the ground work for the whole album. Most of the songs I wrote but our other guitar player J.R. Manalili added some really great stuff and he brought the song “In Pursuit” to the band. We traded off melodies on that one. On the song “Burning of Ideals” he brought in that beautiful clean section before and during the piano solo. He also contributed the really cool rhythm right before and after the outro solos. He also added some great solos to the album as well. Our bassist Mike McKaigg played fretless bass throughout the cd and even played a Chapman Stick on “In Pursuit”. Amazing player!