Down To Rock #4 (June 2011)

My name is Teddy Heavens (Rebel Rebel and Los Angeles Death Dolls) and I’ll be bringing you the latest Sleaze/Glam/Punk and Trash rock and roll news from the Golden State and the streets (and gutters) of Hollywood, California! From the Valleys to the alleys, I’ll find the coolest bands to report on and let you know what’s up from the Rock and Roll capital of the world!

CD Review
 
 
Sister-Hated
This band is the bastard sons of WASP (Kill, Fuck, Die era), and Motley Crue (Dr. Feelgood era)!!! Hailing from Sweden, with origins in straight up glam rock, this band is set to explode onto the stale rock and roll scene in a big way. I only write about music that I enjoy, and I really like this record. It has all the elements that I like; heavy leather and make up image, loud guitars and good songs, mixed with a punky aggressive approach. They started with a 3 song demo, and now they unleash a full length via Metal Blade Records no less, with an 80‘s hard metal sound. Hated is equal parts Murder Dolls/Motley Crue/WASP/Wednesday 13, and it rocks the whole way through, with stand out tracks “Body Blow”, with a Dr. Feelgood vibe that progresses into a MuderDolls sing a long anthem, and the ballad “Would You Love A Creature”, which gives you a nice respite from the rest of the Hated onslaught. Good to see Metal Blade giving sleaze a chance, which last came with the Starwood release. Keep an eye on Sister, they are young, hung and full of scum!!!! www.sisteronline.net
Live Review
 
 
Wayne Kramer (MC5) Live
Seeing one of your musical influences live and up close is always a treat, and this is one of the reasons Los Angeles rocks so hard. You get to see your hero in an intimate situation like this, an acoustic show special appearance at a Rhino Records pop up store promotion! Wayne is the guitar player for the MC5, and I had never seen them play, I missed a show in Amsterdam awhile back due to it being sold out, and they don’t play in L.A., but Wayne lives down the street from the record store, so there you have it! He started off with the MC5 classic “High School”, with the audience singing along with the chorus, then he went into a new original “Running From Myself”, which was sung in a Neil Young style. He then introduced the next song which recants a conversation he had with an 80’s hair band member, who was describing his “Great Big Amp”, which Wayne realized encapsulated where he was at mentally! This song was also delivered in a Neil Young style, and he finished his set with the Clash song written about his own jail stint, “Jail, Guitar, Doors”. This is also the name of Wayne’s charity organization that provides instruments to prisons and jails, to allow inmates to have a musical outlet while they are incarcerated, as a form of therapy! Overall, a cool close up look at a man that has helped shape my guitar playing, and I was able to add to my collection of autographed items from my personal influences. I Love L.A. www.jailguitardoors.org
New Bands
 
 
The Crazy Squeeze
Los Angeles based glam punk rockers that have been tearing it up regularly at the Redwood Bar in downtown L.A. (the new happening punk rock joint in town) with the likes of Eddie and The Hot Rods, Kevin K., Texas Terri and other trashy punk bands that drag themselves to L.A. For fans of “77 Punk Rock ala Johnny Thunders!!! www.myspace.com/thecrazysqueeze
Dirty Eyes
Los Angeles based dirty punks in the vein of the Heartbreakers and the Dead Boys! They have been hitting the boards around town with the likes of the Mau Maus, The Stitches, The Zeros, Sorrows (NYC), The Billy Bones, The Joneses, Crazy Squeeze, Nikki Corvette, as well as playing skateboard legend Tony Alva’s 53rd Birthday Party! Good clean 50’s influenced street GlamPunk, just the way we like it in Los Angeles!! www.myspace.com/dirtyeyesrockandroll
Butcher Babies
Hollywood based shock rockers who are flying the Plasmatics flag!! This band is tearing up stages from the Valley to Hollywood proper, featuring hot naked chick singers and a flashy stage show that almost rivals Rebel Rebel’s notorious stage messes!!! Catch them before they get banned and exiled. Alice Cooper meets Wendy O. www.myspace.com/butcherbabiesmusic
If you want me to review your music or write about your event, send it all to:
Teddy Heavens
27750 Firebrand Dr.
Castaic, Ca. 91384
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