'Good place to be': Warrant content with being established, lasting band

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Jerry Dixon prefers songs with a heavier sound and more upbeat rhythm to slow, thoughtful ballads.

He's a rocker, he said, and he wants to rock.

An original member of the rock band Warrant -- Dixon enlisted while still in high school -- it's in his blood.

Songs like the hard-driving "Uncle Tom's Cabin" get that blood pumping.

"It's just got a little heavier sound to it," Dixon said. "I prefer that over the ballads."

He'll still lend his bass guitar talents to songs like "Heaven," another Warrant fan favorite.

"When we first started out ballads were so popular," Dixon remembered. "We only would have two ballads on each record but those were the songs the record label chose to push. Those were in fashion."

Since its inception in the summer of 1984 and throughout a career spanning 20 years and multiple changes in band membership, Dixon has seen musical trends come and go, including Warrant's own glam metal style that gave way to grunge.

"We've been through the grunge era and the rap era," Dixon said. "I think staying with it long enough finally has come full circle where what we do in the era of music we participated in has come back around."

Dixon compared music styles to trendy clothes.

"If you keep them long enough, they'll be a fashion again," he said.

Warrant's music is coming back into style with the band's latest tour, The Infestation, that will bring the current incarnation of the California-based group to the music venue and cafe 37 Main in Buford.

The band has been working on new material while touring. With 12 songs so far, Dixon said they hope to add about nine more to the list that will be whittled down for an album that could be released by the end of the year at the earliest.

Dixon said the band hasn't yet added the new songs to a show, but it could happen.

"We certainly could if the moment arises and we're ready for it," he said.

Until then, Warrant is content to just keep rocking with songs such as "Cherry Pie," "Heaven" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin," hits that have sealed their status as a long-lived band.

"Without the big record labels and all that pressure and things like that, we've kind of eliminated all the ups and down and we just have a good solid foundation so there's a lot to be said for that," Dixon said. "There's nothing that people can take away from us at this point we're so established. It's a good place to be."