Monster Truck, THE BROUGHT LOW, Mighty High, DJ Alex Kayne (L'amour Rock Capitol of Brooklyn)
1120 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11222
This event is 21 and over
“Monster Truck is one of the few really great down to earth rock ‘n’ roll bands... they’re hard, soulful and heavy” – Slash
You know where you stand with a band named Monster Truck, right?
For the last two years, this raucous quartet have been busy putting Hamilton, Ontario, on the rock ‘n’ roll map thanks to a remarkable selection of blue-collar rock songs called ‘Furiosity’. With a no-frills style that mixes groove, sludge, stoner rock and vintage sounds, the high-energy combo has made friends in high places by celebrating the simplest and also the finest things in life. In the time since their debut, in true road warrior style they toured Europe and the US playing blistering shows at Download Festival and Hammerfest as well as supporting the mighty Guns N’ Roses, Slash, Alice in Chains, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Rival Sons and Vista Chino.
Nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards in their native Canada, ‘Furiosity’ also introduced Monster Truck to the international market, and now they’re back with another wide-tread slab of horns-up, heads-down swaggering Southern rock that’s entitled ‘Sittin’ Heavy’.
‘Sittin’ Heavy’ is a glorious hard rocking statement, retaining all of the ingredients that enabled Monster Truck to break out of the box whilst continuing a gradual evolution, expanding upon ideas established at the quartet’s inception. Month after month spent on the road has served to improve them as a band, just as it should, fundamentally because they looked around and learned.
“Touring the last record we’ve been privileged to play with a lot of great headlining acts,” says guitarist Jeremy Widerman. “When we opened for Slash we would pick up on how accurately he controls the Wah pedal, and we wanted to include some of that in our own songs. Or touring with Alice In Chains and watching their vocal harmonies and realising that we needed to strengthen up in that area – so we did. There are so many little ways to hone our sound.”
Don’t be alarmed. Monster Truck haven’t undergone a massive refit, they sound exactly as their name suggests. They’re still irrepressible. And their music has the power to tackle all manner of subjects, including the day to day drudgery that’s served up by the world, and turn them into something positive. The album’s highly contagious first single, ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’, has been unanimously welcomed as a great rallying cry.
Inspired by a comment made by singer and bassist Jon Harvey’s girlfriend – “She started giving me trouble for playing guitar every day and I replied, ‘This is my job, don’t tell me how to live’” – it’s a message that holds true in a variety of situations. “The song is about being independent in one’s life, rather than worrying about what people think or the expectations of other people; just be true to yourself.”
Containing the line “rock ‘n’ roll might save your life”, ‘Why Are You Not Rocking?’ is another of the album’s cornerstones. “We wrote that for the people that stand around at a gig on their cellphones,” explains Jon Harvey. “One night when we opened for Alice In Chains there was a circle of people that stood right in the middle of the stage and at the front talking to one another and using their phones. Why weren’t they having a good time? That’s what they’d left the house for.”
If the album has a theme, it would be a steadfast refusal to be beaten down. The aforementioned ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’ is pretty self-explanatory, and so, one might say, is ‘For The People’. “Rock ‘n’ roll should be a celebration,” Harvey believes. “We try to do that as much as we can. Everything in life should be a celebration.”
You’re probably wondering about the unusual title? There’s a story. Monster Truck were in the backstage catering room at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee when drummer Steve Kiely, after taking full advantage of an unlimited menu, declared: “Oh, man, I’m sittin’ heavy.” “Though perhaps you needed to be there to appreciate the humour, I thought it was a great name for an album,” smiles guitarist Jeremy Widerman. “Everybody agreed, which was a pretty unique situation for our band, but we liked the title because it also sounds good.”
And sure enough Monster Truck present the listener with a mouth-watering all you can eat buffet, piling on the riffs, cranking up the rhythm section and serving up all manner of delicious, hummable choruses. This is no mere exercise in bludgeon riffola.
“There’s no need to raise the horns in the air from the start right to the finish,” Jeremy Widerman declares. “So the slower tracks are there to add colour, and that’s something you’ll hear a little more from us on future records. We’ve got people in the band who can really sing, so it would be foolish not to.”
Arriving almost halfway through the record, ‘Black Forest’ is one of those moments of respite. Ushered in by the sound of thunder, the electric piano of Brandon Bliss supplying all-important dynamics and sung with grit and emotion by Jon Harvey, it’s a magnificent song. Ditto ‘Enjoy The Time’, which signs off with a plea to live in the moment before the really bad shit starts happening.
“Yeah that’s it, basically,” Jon Harvey nods. “It’s a theme that we touch upon a lot. We’re saying don’t give up. Don’t put yourself down. I’m not a preacher but it’s important that message gets driven home.”
The Juno award winning, Eric Ratz returns as their sounding board and studio guru as co-producer and with a track record that includes Billy Talent, Three Days Grace and Cancer Bats, Ratz’s studio wizardry is displayed sublimely on ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ and must surely mark him as a future heavyweight.
‘Sittin’ Heavy’ is released via Monster Truck’s new home of Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group (Black Stone Cherry, Black Label Society, Joe Bonamassa) in the UK/Europe and Dine Alone Records (City and Colour, BRONCHO, Marilyn Manson) for the rest of the world on February 19, 2016.
All of the little pieces are in place.
Come on in and leave those inhibitions at the door. You won’t regret it…
THE BROUGHT LOW
The Brought Low are a hard rock power trio from New York City who formed in 1999. They released their self-titled debut record on Tee Pee Records in 2001. In 2006 they released their long awaited sophomore effort, 'Right On Time,' on Small Stone Records (Dixie Witch, Sasquatch, 5 Hose Johnson). The record was hailed as an instant classic by The Boston Phoenix, Lollipop, Roadburn and Stonerrock.com among others. 'Third Record,' their new album for Small Stone, was produced by Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Cave In, Scissorfight). The band is known for its live show and has shared the stage with Them Crooked Vultures, Supersuckers and Nebula among others and has performed at the Emissions From The Monolith and South By Southwest music festivals.
Mighty High, Brooklyn's #1 regressive rock act, will be releasing their new album Legalize Tre Bags on 4/20/2012. 11 kick ass songs bashed out in 34 minutes and containing over 30 references to getting high. Most people are unfamiliar with the term "tre bag" these days but at one time you could actually score a $3 bag at all the best dope spots in the Bronx. Mighty High feel that the tre bag needs to not only come back, but be legalized allowing people an affordable escape from reality. Fans of the band's trademark "Black Flag Railroad" sound will be impressed with their expanded sonic realm which now includes the influence of The Rods, Blackfoot, D.O.A. and Nazareth. The opening song and first single "I Don't Wanna Listen To Yes" is a statement that the world has needed to hear for several decades. The album takes you through all 5 boroughs of New York City ("Come On! I'm Holdin'"), explores the life and tragic death of David Carradine ("Tokin' N Strokin'"), the failure of Nancy Reagan ("Drug War") as well as the usual topic of weeed pinching deadbeats.
Recorded and mixed with noted engineer Jason LaFarge (Swans, Khanate, Chica Libre) at his Seizures Palace recording studio in Brooklyn, and then mastered by Tony Reed at HeavyHead in Port Orchard, WA, Legalize Tre Bags has finally captured Mighty High's deafening live assault properly. Many of the guitar tracks were played through a special 4x12 speaker cabinet covered in white shag carpeting that was previously owned by Foghat in the late 1970's. The front cover illustration was once again supplied by Wayne "Braino" Bjerke, who got his start in the early 1980's painting denim vests, specializing in Maiden, Zeppelin and Rush but would do the Jerry Garcia Band for cash in advance. Legalize Tre Bags is a joint release between the band's home grown label Mint Deluxe Tapes and California's Ripple Music (Stone Axe, Grifter, Iron Claw, Poobah) and is available on CD, download and deluxe gatefold LP.
2012 also marks the 10th anniversary of Mighty High's formation. A power trio trapped in the body of a quartet, the band was formed in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Woody out of sheer necessity. Mighty High existed as a band name, concept and denim jacket long before a single note of music was ever played. In fact, when Woody came up with the band name he couldn’t even play guitar. After years of bragging how great his band would be, his friends challenged him to put up or shut up and Mighty High was born. After several line up changes, the fourth incarnation of the band heard on Legalize Tre Bags is by far the most potent. Powerhouse bassist Labatts Santoro joined in early 2010 to form an unholy rhythm alliance with long suffering drummer Jesse D'Stills. The final piece of the puzzle arrived in the shape of stun-guitarist Kevin Overdose.
Legalize Tre Bags is the long awaited follow up to 2008's …In Drug City, which received rave reviews from Julian Cope ("surfs the tsunami thrown up by AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock-period as though redirected through Grand Funk”) and Classic Rock Magazine (“Positively relentless and gorgeous in its shameless vulgarity. Awesome.”). Since the release of …In Drug City, Mighty High released the two song Drops A Deuce 7" single in 2009 on Mint Deluxe , a split 7" with Stone Axe on Ripple Music and contributed a song to the double 7" Ripple compilation Heavy Ripples with fellow regressive rockers Grifter, Stone Axe and Sun Gods In Exile. Future plans for 2012 include many live shows supporting the release of Legalize Tre Bags and new songs are already being written for the next record.
DJ Alex Kayne
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York DJ Alex Kayne started out as a teenage mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid 70's. His club DJ career began when he beat a multitude of other DJs, winning a borough-wide turntablist "Battle of the DJs" mixing contest at the Night Gallery Discothèque in Brooklyn. Word on the street about the winner of this battle spread quickly and Kayne began getting a lot of work, DJ-ing in several local clubs.
Over the years, he has worked at various venues large and small in and around the New York City area. He is widely considered to be New York City's first ever heavy metal club/venue DJ.
A name that is synonymous with L'Amour, Alex Kayne first came to the as then unknown but future world famous Heavy Metal Venue L'Amour in 1979. His DJ residency there started in 1980 and ran continuously until 1985. Subsequently he worked at L'Amour East in Queens, and at L'Amour on and off until the Brooklyn venue closed in 2004 and was the only DJ at L'Amour's Staten Island spinoff club from 2006 to 2009. During his early tenure as L'Amour's original metal and most popular, influential DJ, his raspy, booming voice and more importantly his unique brand of hard rock and heavy metal spinning style gave the venue its unrivaled personality, directly contributing to the venue's worldwide fame while elevating the club’s prestige among the burgeoning metal sector.
He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Accept, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Raven, Anvil, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Girlschool, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast. Kayne is considered an influence by many younger local rock/metal DJs, and is an early New York VJ influence, one of the first to meld horror films with heavy metal music on the big video screen at L'Amour.
With a career spanning 40 years, including live performances stretching across 110 venues, spinning on the same bill supporting bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, King's X, Winery Dogs, Winger, Stryper, Life of Agony, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne continues working the U.S. Eastern Seaboard club and concert venue scene, where he is highly regarded and respected among rock and heavy metal DJs. Kayne continues to keep the spirit of L'Amour alive and keeps the metal fires burning, spinning metal to the masses, breaking new bands as well as honoring rock and metal's old guard.
Recent live appearances include The Jones Beach Ampitheatre, The Stone Pony, The Gramercy Theatre, Stage 48, B.B. King's Blues Club, Irving Plaza, and Terminal 5. DJ Alex Kayne is a music connoisseur on a continuing mission to keep L'Amour and Heavy Metal alive and kickin', and to bring back respect and recognition to an endangered species - the Rock/Metal Club DJ.
$11.25 - $15.00
Tickets Available at the Door
TONIGHT! Bar opens at 6. Doors at 7.
Tix avail at doors guaranteed. Set times:
8 Mighty High 9 The Brought Low 10 Monster Truck