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Published on October 1st, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


D.D. Verni On His New “Let’s Rattle” Album, Future Overkill Plans, New Jersey & More

D.D. Verni may be best known as a founding member, bassist and songwriter of the influential New Jersey-based thrash metal band Overkill. He has also generated a fanbase with the Bronx Casket Co., with whom he has recorded 4 albums over the years. Verni’s first solo album was 2018’s Barricade, yet his recently-released 2021 album — credited to D.D. Verni & The Cadillac Band — is titled Let’s Rattle and is an absolute stand-out within Verni’s comprehensive discography, stylistically-speaking.

From Let’s Rattle you can expect high-energy, big band-influenced rock, as inclusive of horns and members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra. As inclusive of “Cadillac Man,” “Shake It Swing It” and “Olivia…That’s Who!” — 2 of those 3 tracks embedded below — Let’s Rattle features 13 tracks (9 originals 4 four covers). The full-length was produced by Verni, mixed by Greg Reely (Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Overkill), and recorded in Los Angeles and New Jersey. In support of the album, D.D. Verni & The Cadillac Band recently confirmed their first-ever live show, as scheduled to take place on October 30, 2021 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts’ Vogel venue in Red Bank, New Jersey. This is notably the same (historic) venue where the band filmed its official music video for first single “Cadillac Man.”

On September 28, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with D.D. Verni via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond Let’s Rattle, we spoke about the future of Overkill, musical influences, and hobbies outside of music. More on Verni and Let’s Rattle can be found by clicking here, here, here, here and here.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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