The Quakes

The Quakes

The Quakes started in the fall of 1986 in Buffalo, New York.
The original members were Paul Roman on guitar and vocals, Dave “the ace” Hoy on drums and Rob Peltier on upright bass.

In the beginning The Quakes were playing neo rockabilly in the vein of The Stray Cats,Rockats and Polecats.
Out of frustration with a lack of response locally,The Quakes started to play a lot faster and more aggressive adding punk
elements to their music. The look went from pegged pants and bowling shirts to ripped jeans and combat boots.
From that point on the band would be know as a psychobilly band.

In the fall of 1987, The Quakes sold all their possessions and moved to London England. London was ground zero
for the psychobilly scene at that time.The band landed a spot on a psychobilly festival in Weize, Belgium.
Upon returning to England, the band was stopped at customs and they were deported because they didn’t have work permits.
The Quakes went on to do tour of Belgium and Germany supporting the Coffin Nails in early 1988.It was during this
time that The Quakes were signed by Nervous records in London to record a full length album.

The band was living in London when their first self titled album was recorded. It was released in June of 1988.
The album was very raw and had a style all its own. Popular songs from this album included “Pack our bags and go”
and " Psychobilly Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”.During the summer of 1988, The Quakes played around London at places like
Dingwalls and the Klubfoot.
Upon his return to Buffalo,Dave “the ace”Hoy was killed when he was struck by a car crossing a highway.
His death occurred a week before his 18th birthday.

In the fall of 1989 the Quakes reformed with Chris Van Cleve on drums. Van Cleve had been a member on and off and
was a part of Roman and Hoy's previous bands.

The Quakes were invited to play at the first and second Big Rumble festivals in England and did some small tours in
Europe before recording another album for Nervous records.”Voice of America” was released in June of 1990.
The Quakes second album was a departure from the hard psychobilly of the first record. On Voice of America,
The Quakes blurred the line between psychobilly and rockabilly. Brian Doran had joined as the bands drummer
during this time.Popular songs from this album include “Puttin' out the flame” “Stick to your guns” and a cover of
The Rolling Stones “Paint it Black”.

In 1991, Chris Van Cleve returned to play the drums.
More festivals and tours in Europe followed including a full tour of Japan.
Planet records in Japan recorded the Tokyo performance and released a live Cd from the show.
A representative from Sony/Japan was in the audience and offered The Quakes a recording deal with Sony.
“New Generation” was recorded in 1992 and released in the spring of 1993 for Sony/Japan.
The Quakes then did a 13 show tour of Japan. New Generation again took The Quakes in a new direction.
This time the band fused rockabilly with new wave attempting to cross over into a broader market with more melodic
songs and a polished production.The album sold well in Japan.

In 1995 ,The Quakes recorded their fourth studio album “Quiff Rock”.The band returned to their roots and stripped down
the production.In a strange twist, the one song that had a bit of production “Thrills and sensations” , seemed to be a fan
favorite from the album.TheQuakes continued to play festivals in Europe during this time.

Over the next few years the scene seemed to be dying.
The Quakes would continue to play a couple big festivals in Europe each year but not much else.

In 2000 There was finally some interest in psychobilly brewing in the United States.
The Quakes played at the American Rumble in New Jersey on Halloween weekend.
In January 2001 they started work on a new album.
“Last of the human beings” was released in October of 2001 on Paul Roman’s new label Orrexx records. This album was
a mixture of old Quakes style and some new twists and turns. The album featured popular songs such as “Revenge is mine”
and a cover of Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Killing moon”.

In 2002,The Quakes played more festivals in Germany. In May of 2003, they headlined the American Nightmare festival
in Pomona ,CA. In July 2003 they played at the Calella festival in Spain and then did tour of Finland.

In February 2004, Paul Roman moved to Finland and put a new band together called The Paul Roman 3.
The band was doing mostly Quakes songs from all albums and a few new ones in the same style.
In the summer of 2004, The Paul Roman 3 did a total of 25 shows in Finland,Russia, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
In October 2004, The Quakes headlined the Wreckers Ball 2 in Hollywood,CA.

In January 2005, The Paul Roman 3 played two shows in the Ukraine.
In June,The Quakes did a small southwest tour of the United States.
In December 2005, The Quakes 6th studio album “Psyops” was released.The album proved to be a hit with fans
combining new wave with psychobilly. Several popular songs came off this album including “USA Psychos”, “I Miss You”
and a cover of Real Life’s “Send me an Angel”.

2006 was a big year for The Quakes. It has been 20 years since the band started.
A 34 show US tour followed. The Quakes then did 23 shows in Europe in October.

In 2007 The Quakes re released the album Quiff Rock which was originally on Tombdisc records.
The new release on Orrexx records had 8 extra songs and extended liner notes.
Kenny Hill was added to the line up on slap bass .The band did a short southwest tour of the USA. In October of 07,
The Quakes returned to Europe for a month long 28 show tour.

2008 started with the addition of Juan Carlos on drums from Phoenix AZ. The Quakes played a few shows in Arizona
before headlining the Psychomania festival in Potsdam Germany.In June, The Quakes played a sold out show at
Safari Sams in Hollywood CA.

In 2009,The Quakes embarked on a 20 show west coast tour staring with a sold out show in Hollywood at The Fonda theater.
The tour was to promote the new album "Negative charge."The album was the bands seventh studio album and was
released on Orrexx records. The band traveled to Germany over Easter weekend to play at the Satanic Stomp festival.
This is the 22nd edition of the long running psychobilly festival. The Quakes hit the east coast on a 14 show show tour in May.
In September, The Quakes headlined the Hollywood Showdown festival.

In 2010, The Quakes headlined the Psychobilly Meeting, a long running festival in Spain and also headlined the Rock n Roll
Jamboree in Finland. In July,The Quakes made their first trip to Brazil. They were featured on a national television show as
well as a radio interview and an article in Rolling Stone magazine/Brazil.
In September, the band headlined the Bedlam Breakout festival in the UK.
In October, The Quakes did a series of warm up shows around Arizona before heading to Europe for a 10 country,
21 show tour to promote the vinyl release of Negative Charge.

2011-2012- coming soon!

Other Musicians who played with The Quakes and or the Paul Roman 3
Alvin Lapp- played most of the drums on Quiff Rock and made two trips to Europe with The Quakes.
Jason Van Cleve- played bass in 2003.
Mika Railo- played bass in the Paul Roman 3.
Slim Salminen-Played drums in the Paul Roman 3.
Aki Savolainen- played bass with The Paul Roman 3 and The Quakes.
Tommi Hänninen- played drums with The Paul Roman 3.
Laurie Valkonen- played bass for The Quakes in 2005.
Kevin O’Connor-played drums on the east coast USA tour in 2006.
Mike Minnick-played drums on the southwest tour USA in 2007.

Kitty in a Casket

It was in the year 2008 that Kitty and Billy decided to launch the project "Kitty in a Casket" to play creepy Punk Rock influenced by "Billy" and Rock-n-Roll styles. With two more band members, the idea was immediately realized and the first LP titled "Horror Express" was released on Crazy Love Records. This was soon followed up by the EP release "HalloWien". In June 2011 the band finally released another CD with the title "Back to Thrill" (Wolverine Records). The "feline plague" spread like wildfire and Kitty in a Casket quickly became everybody's darling. Beyond the studio recordings, they proved their mettle in live shows across Europe, also playing at major festivals such as WGT 2010 and Back to Future in Germany, Psychobilly Meeting in Spain, Fiesta du Rock and Sjock in Belgium, Warhead Fest in Poland, Pod Parou in Czech Republic, Club Sin in Finland among many others. At the moment the band works on new tracks for a SplitEP and a Long Player.


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