Knitting Factory Presents
The Mess Fest with Prima Donna and Adam Bones
Prima Donna, Adam Bones, Warner Drive, Acidic
211. N. Virginia Ave
Reno, NV, 89501
Doors 6:00PM / Show 7:00PM
This event is all ages
“I will corrupt you!” proclaims the chorus of “Feral Children,” the lead single from the band’s upcoming Acetate Records release, Bless this Mess. Don’t panic, it’s not quite the end of civilization just yet, but we should prepare for the pending onslaught of Prima Donna’s 2012 World Tour, which will take them just about everywhere on earth.
One of modern music’s hardest working bands, touring until the van explodes is nothing new to these guys. 2011 saw them tour the West Coast with DGeneration, take part in South By Southwest, co-headline both the first Experience NoHo Festival in Los Angeles and the Sound Festival in Seattle. Prior to that, Prima Donna had combed most of the free world with their allies Green Day, supporting the mega-band in arenas on the European and Asian continents.
The band’s friendship with Green Day began when Prima Donna frontman, singer/guitarist Kevin Preston, joined Green Day side-project Foxboro Hot Tubs for their live dates. Following Prima Donna’s extensive touring with Green Day, GD offered up their own Jingletown Recorders in Oakland for Prima Donna to use, and enlisted their head engineer, Chris Dugan, to guide the journey. The end result is the 12-song, Dugan-produced Bless this Mess. Right from the opening “Sociopath,” (a backhanded look at the social media obsession), through the soul-infused ‘Tryin,’ to the sleazy “Crimson Lust,” and the barroom sing-along “Broken,” this is an album that is determined to take you on a voyage. “We wanted to make an album that was hard to categorize,” says PD drummer David, adding “we want people to get involved in it.” “It should be like a roller coaster ride!” says the band’s always exuberant bassist, Lights Out.
The previously mentioned single, “Feral Children,” was mixed by Grammy winner D. Sardy (Jet, Wolfmother, Slayer, Noel Gallagher, many more), and sonically calls to mind his most successful achievements. A swinging shuffle-beat, with lead guitar octave lines slithering over muted rhythms, sets up the anthemic chorus. "I wanted to write a song that could shake up a stadium full of rockers," laughs Kevin Preston, who penned the song. “I don’t know exactly how it grew into such an obsessive monster, but I’m glad it did.”
“Feral Children” had a previous life as a 45-rpm on the band’s own Death Records label. Pressed up as a tour souvenir for the band’s vinyl-obsessed fans, the original version was backed with a toughened-up rethink of the Blondie gem “Rip Her to Shreds.” Prior to that, Acetate issued the group’s first full-length, the fan and critical favorite After Hours. In the time in-between the two LP/CD releases, the band logged over 250 shows, filmed a video for “I Don’t What You to Love Me” from After Hours (the song was also the opening credit music for the Showtime Comedy special Vegas is My Oyster), and Little Steven proclaimed Prima’s song “Demoted” as the #2 “Coolest Song in the World 2010” on his Underground Garage syndicated radio show. “Little Steven and Sirius XM playing our stuff has brought the band to the attention of a thriving audience,” notes saxman Minton.
"If you see Prima Donna’s live show, by the time it’s over, I guarantee that you will walk out the door knowing that, by god, you’ve just seen a rock ‘n’ roll band. Odds are good that you’ll also be humming a new favorite melody and grinning from ear to ear too, all while still digesting the rock ‘n’ roll spectacle you just experienced. And that, my friends, is always an exhilarating feeling…"
--John Anderson, Twangville
Prima Donna has shared the stage with such notable acts as Green Day, Turbonegro, the Sonics, the Zeros, the Boys, the Weirdos, Sylvain Sylvain & Cheetah Chrome's Batusis, Angry Samoans, Backyard Babies, Steel Panther, the Skulls, Duane Peters, Eddie & the Hot Rods, Glen Matlock, the Vibrators, the Fuzztones, the Phenomenauts, the Joneses, Josie Cotton, Anti-Nowhere League, Texas Terri, the Undertones, the Muffs, the Stranglers, MU330, the Subhumans, Sham 69, UK Subs, Andre Williams, Charged GBH, the Rezillos, TV Smith, the Avengers, Lower Class Brats, the Business, 20/20, Chelsea, Guana Batz, the Briefs, the Exploited, Toyah, 999, the Pointed Sticks, the Mau-Mau's, Demented Are Go, Stza Crack, the Polecats, the Electric Prunes, Nikki Corvette, Rikk Agnew, the Gears, the Humpers, Girl In A Coma, the Dragons, Electric Frankenstein, Razor Dolls, the Stitches, and the Bellrays.
Adam Bones is a direct reflection of the charismatic music that he generates. Similar to his well-crafted look, he combines pure rock, melodic pop hooks and raw energy to concoct a lethal brew of rock 'n' roll that'll get your hips shakin'. Adam is something of a traditionalist, eschewing modern production techniques and gimmicks in favor of a back-to-basics approach that relies on genuine vocal and instrumental prowess and the ability to write memorable hooks.
WARNER DRIVE is an original rock based outfit that features catchy riffs, a rock/punk edge, and an energetic performance. The group is carving out a name for themselves through extensive touring, and have built a loyal and growing base of fans. They bring a new sound and meaning to the term Rock N Roll by adding a twist to rock with a punk edge.
WARNER DRIVE has recently finished recording their first full-length album with legendary producer Mike Clink (Guns N Roses, Sammy Hagar, Megadeth, Motley Crue) and famed producer James Michael (Deftones, Alanis Morissette, Motley Crue, Lillix). This highly anticipated LP is currently available online at iTUNES, Napster.com, rhapsody.com, CDBaby.com, Virgin Megastore Hollywood, Amoeba Music, warnerdrive.com, and myspace.com/warnerdrive .
WARNER DRIVE's has played every top venue in Los Angeles selling out the House Of Blues, the Roxy Theatre, the Viper Room, the Troubadour, the Key Club, and the El Rey Theatre. The band has expanded its fan base to cover all eleven (11) western U.S. states by playing clubs where their obvious interaction with the audience has created an extremely positive impact.
WARNER DRIVE two most important gigs to date were: 1. Headlining at The House Of Blues in Hollywood, CA, selling out the venue to over 1,200 loyal die-hard Warner Drive fans, and 2. The opening slot for the platinum selling band, "The Killers," at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, California in 2008. In the presence of nearly 6000 people, "Warner Drive" brought its original rock n' roll stylings to the forefront making all who attended aware of this up and coming band. The month of July puts Warner Drive on tour with national headliners CKY across the Southwest.
WARNER DRIVE recently won 3 categories in the acclaimed music magazine 'All Access Magazine', sweeping the categories they were nominated for: Best Overall Album Of The Year, Best Live Performance Group/Artist, and The People's Choice Award. In a follow up issue of All Access Magazine, Warner Drive was featured on the cover with an interview and story on the band as well.
WARNER DRIVE took part in the 2008 Vans Warped Tour where they were highlighted by reviewers as a real surprise and a discovery. One reviewer added, Lively rock n roll that kicked your ass, made you laugh and most importantly- was a hell of a lot of fun. Warner Drive has participated in the Morpheus Share the Music Tour which took the band to major universities within California. The band also took part in "Zippo Hot Tour" which proved to be a great opportunity. Apart from gaining new fans, the group has also caught the eyes of and landed a number of corporate sponsors/endorsements with Echo Apparel, Zoo York, Etnies, DVS, Splawn Amplification, and Budda Amplification.
WARNER DRIVE is raw talent just waiting to explode and is on its way to great success. Scratch Magazine has described them as:
"Up Tempo, Melodic, Hard Rock N' Roll
With A Punk Edge And A Whole Lotta Soul!"
The hardest-working, hottest young rock band in Southern California - ACIDIC - is at it again! This fall, they've unleashed their highly anticipated new album, Chronic Satisfaction to wild response! Produced by multi-platinum award-winning producer John Ryan (Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, etc) of Chicago Kid Productions, the album boasts the popular single, "Uninspired." This fall, ACIDIC toured this fall with major act Alien Ant Farm and will tour through November with Warner Drive, in support of the new CD. Their mushrooming list of achievements and steady upward momentum have earned them a place on Music Review's "12 Bands To Watch In 2012."
ACIDIC first burst onto the scene with the release of their 2010 epic, Getting Lucky -- a record that was produced by the award-winning Australian Wizardz Of Oz team of Andrew Bojanic & Liz Hooper (Jason Mraz, Liz Phair, Avril Lavigne), and helped land the boys on the Hot AC radio charts with their ballad "Maybe." It was off the steam of "Maybe" that the boys scored opening slots on tours with heavy hitters such as Hawthorne Heights, Filter, Marcy Playground, and The Higher. They've also toured Kosovo and Germany to play for the troops with Armed Forces Entertainment.
In addition to the tours, the band has also played such prestigious festival gigs as SXSW, the Sunset Strip Music Festival, and Bamboozle Left (main-stage!) – and won the Alternative category in Billboard's 2011 WorldWide Song Contest for their song "Strata Red" (also off of Getting Lucky).