Pretty Boy Floyd are four young glamsters, (the eldest band member aged 22), based in glam rock city itself, Hollywood, Los Angeles. The name of the band comes from a gangster, Pretty Boy Floyd, who set about shocking the public at large in the 1920s.
Formed in March 1988, the Floyd played their first gig at the Roxy, and were promptly signed by a talent scout from MCA records a mere eight performances later. In the beginning, they only played once a month, and had it in mind to make each date the best humanly possible. Reports have it that their live show is explosive, with an unusually high level of energy and the addition of smoke bombs and fog machines. Consequently they sold out shows at a furious rate.
Pretty Boy Floyd consist of blonde bombshell Steve Summers (vocals), Kristy “Krash” Majors (guitars), Vinnie Chas (bass), and Karl Kane (drums).
Their musical influences include Kiss, Cheap Trick and early Motley Crue. Vinnie Chas puts it like this. “We’re bringing the music of the early seventies into the 90’s, so that young people who have never heard it before will hear it now and it will be fresh.”
For those who are into glam of the Poison ilk, check out their debut LP, Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz.
HAILING from Melbourne, Persecution are a four-piece death metal outfit who started out in early 1987 under the name of No Remorse. Back then their music was not so doomy, but the band decided that a change in direction was necessary, and recruited new vocalist/guitarist Jezz. The band’s current line-up, after a drummer change, is: Jezz (guitars/vocals), Merm (guitar), Bo (bass), and Dakka (drums). The band built up a following on the Melbourne circuit and then took the show interstate, playing with the likes of Hobb’s Angel Of Death.
Persecution’s latest demo, Tortured Existence, was recorded at Melbourne’s Timbertop studios in about 20 hours earlier this year with Doug Saunders. It contains four tracks; Tortured Existence, Manifestation, Relentless Slaughter and Legion.
Unfortunately however, the demo is not for sale.(continued below)
KLIMAX are a new band on the Sydney Scene, playing what they describe as purely “metal”. Members of the band come from varied backgrounds – Matthew on lead guitar was previously a member of Nomenclature Diablerie, Craig on rhythm guitar recently recorded an album with thrashers Apocalypse (Reedemer), while vocalist Alynn was previously involved in session work, some in Moscow. And occupying the drum stool is ex-Mortal Sin skinsman, Wayne Campbell, with the line-up completed by Kevin on bass.
Klimax play a energetic set made up mostly of originals, with covers by the likes of Motley Crue and The Cult, and though only a young band, they have plans to travel to Moscow next year to record an album. A 5-song demo has already been recorded, but is not available for sale. The band will be playing numerous gigs around Sydney over the next few months.
“LYNYRD SKYNYRD meets Metallica” is the hype that has surrounded New York band Raging Slab. (For those who don’t know who Lynyrd Skynyrd are, they were a rhythm ‘n’ blues based outfit from Florida, who achieved success in the 70s with their Southern brand of hard rock). Lead singer and guitarist Greg Strempka interprets the anecdote this way. “This is not as silly or ridiculous as it first sounds. There is a great diversity in the band. Were capable of doing a lot of styles, but most of the time we do them all at once.”
Formed in 1984 around the core of Greg, Elyse Steinman (slide guitar), and Alec Morton (bass), the band gigged locally until an independent label snapped them up. The result was their first LP, Asstnaster which put the band on the road for some time, supporting acts such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Butthole Surfers. The addition of guitarist Mark Middleton and drummer Bob Pantella cemented the already successful formula.
Raging Slab is their first album with a major label, and displays a wide range of musical styles which can be loosely described a a mixture of blues-based rock with punk/metal riffs. The album was produced by Daniel Rey (Circus Of Power, Iggy Pop and Ramones), which gives you a fairly good indication the raw-ness of sound the Slab have come up with.
Although this band are not exactly new, it has taken them until now to be signed to a major label, and finally get the exposure they deserve.