Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. on Vocals
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Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. on Vocals
Andrew W.K. will be joining Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg as the lead singer for their 2013 world tour. The punk drumming icon and his band will be fronted by the king of partying for a high-octane performance of more than THIRTY of Marky’s classic fan-favorite songs! These will include songs that took him from the halcyon stage of CBGB’s to touring around the world. From the celluloid halls of Rock ‘n Roll High School to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Ramone’s career has taken him far and wide, earning him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, and immortalizing his handprints on the Hollywood Rock Walk.
Speaking on how he chose Andrew W.K. as his singer, Ramone said, “I first met Andrew through a mutual friend and he told me about his party philosophy, which has also always been my exact take on life. We went into the rehearsal studio and it just clicked. We had so much fun that we wanted to invite everyone to the party. I’ve said before and I will say it again, these songs are too good not to be played live!!!”
W.K. echoed Ramone’s sentiment, saying, “When Marky Ramone asks you to be his singer, you don’t even think about it. It’s an automatic, YES. I was intimidated by the magnitude of the opportunity – freaked out and overwhelmed – but I was also completely determined and focused – it’s something I had to do. Even just the first rehearsal felt like an odyssey, but that’s how you can tell the experience is changing your life. I’ve never had a more rewarding, humbling, orchallenging invitation than this, and I’m serving the gods via this incredible sound Marky and his band created. There’s never been better rock ‘n’ roll music made than this, and I will give everything I have to do it justice.”
The historic pairing will kick-off their world tour in New York City on May 3rd, 2013 at Andrew’s very own venue, Santos Party House, in downtown Manhattan.
Currently, Marky Ramone hosts his own weekly satellite radio show “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg,” which is broadcast nationally via Sirius/XM Faction. He has also entered the culinary realm with the release of his highly successful Marinara Pasta Sauce, based on his Great Grandfather’s recipe. Marky Ramone’s Marinara Pasta Sauce has wowed such mainstream media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Food Network Magazine and the New York Post. The sauce is even served and sold at world renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s New York City restaurant, DBGB Kitchen & Bar.
Andrew W.K. has been a constant figure in national media ever since his 2000 debut, and in recent years he’s been spreading his message of positive partying and high-energy entertainment with even greater intensity. His singular ability to straddle both mainstream media and fringe culture has made him an instantly recognizable modern pop icon. An example of his lasting influence is the recent 10th Anniversary Deluxe release of his landmark debut album, I Get Wet, the world tour of which sold out dates across the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan. Most recently, Energizer Personal Care announced Andrew W.K. as the face of Playtex’s new product, Fresh + Sexy Wipes. Andrew continues to surprise, confound, and engage his audience with an expanding array of energetic and enthusiastic entertainment.
Scandalized by experimental alternative and electronic music, New York's FIGO is vocalist/guitarist Parag Bhandari, bassist Paul Daly, guitarist Robert Rivadeneira, programmer Ryan Jones, and drummer Richard Stuverud. The band fuses intense live energy with pounding beats and samples, influenced by groups as diverse as Primal Scream, Pink Floyd, The Misfits, and The Chemical Brothers to name a few. FIGO also doubles as a two-man DJ crew, with Parag and Paul on the decks, who mix heavy house with punk and rock. With a 4-song EP released in late 2006, FIGO has been busy this past year, garnering a strong fan-base through both live and DJ gigs at clubs across the country. On their own, the band has already appeared at major music festivals like Amsterjam and SXSW, licensed music to the likes of CMJ Magazine and Marlboro, and have shared bills with artists such as The Presets, MOTOR, …Trail Of Dead, She Wants Revenge, and Foo Fighters. FIGO will release a new EP and remix compilation this Spring 2008.
They have recently completed a remix for A Place To Bury Strangers and 'Ego Death" (out now on Mute Records). Also soon to be released is a remix for The Boxer Rebellion (currently featured in the movie Going The Distance).
Here is some recent press:
BRIT ROCK DAILY
"The delicate mix of electro and rock is one that only a few acts have had the musical dexterity to handle. Immediate names that spring to mind - Primal Scream, Kasabian, Chemical Brothers - are part of a very short list. But another to be added is New York outfit FIGO, wh...o are delivering the rock/dance crossover with equal style and sonic craftsmanship and making waves with their noise-laden, guitar-driven electro-punk."
"A Place To Bury Strangers always makes us want to break shit, and this electro-emo FIGO remix of "Ego Death" is no exception. It's sinister, damaged, smoking—like that older kid you had a thing for in middle school. It'll only hurt you, but you already knew that. Embrace the bone-shaking strobe below, and pick up Exploding Head on Mute right here."
* (Featured in RCRDLBL Top 10 Most Downloads)
"One of the thickest, noisiest guitar bands out there gets their track "Ego Death" remixed and then gets turned into one of the heaviest electro tracks I've heard in a long time. A Place To Bury Strangers' track "Ego Death" remixed by FIGO is still dark and alluring. Quite gothic at times."
WE WERE HUNTED
"This FIGO mix turns down the face melting guitars, until the end at least, and transforms the Brooklyn trio's attack into a pummeling Soulwax/Justice affair. Multiple layers of synths make the track even more hypnotic."
You're at your limit, but screw it. Here's the tipping point: Booze Riot. Chase that shit down for a thunderous hangover of shot glass snare rolls, aerosol infused wino growls and crunchy rum-drenched riffs with a higher alcohol content than that watered down Long Island in your cup. Slam this back instead. Lose yourself. You might wake up tomorrow with booze on the breath and the ghost scar of a rubber bullet on your rib cage.
Booze Riot. The only punk band with a liquor license. Featuring Andie Riot (Vocals/Guitar), Brian "Madness" Christy (Guitar/Vocals), Austin Doyle (Bass/Vocals) and Rio Grande (Drums/Vocals).