Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cold Blue Rebels: bringing blood, guts, zombie make-up, and harmonica to SoCal psychobilly

If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to suffer from Halloween withdrawal about this time of year. But I’ve got the cure for you - a band that is morbid and macabre enough to help you last until October. Cold Blue Rebels offers good old-fashioned rock’n’roll with a coffin on stage, sexy zombie rebel dancers, and songs about devils, an undead hooker, and a pumpkin king.

Cold Blue Rebels support their crazy live stage antics and shocking lyrics with impressive musicianship. In fact, every member hails from previous or concurrent punk, rock, glam and/or metal bands: Mickey Finn on lead vocals and harmonica from Jetboy, guitarist Joe Normal and upright bass player Danny Dangerous from the purple-haired band The Zeros, and drummer Spazz Draztik from Glamour Punks.

They fit the psychobilly genre by combining their love of vintage rock & roll/rockabilly and classic punk with dark and dirty horror lyrics, but there are also significant doses of blues, honky tonk and cow punk. It’s as if they’ve got a Herman Munster-Bill Black hybrid monster on bass, Slim Jim Phantom on drums, a Chuck Berry-Brian Setzer lovechild on guitar, and Spike from Pickled Punks/Barnyard Ballers mixed with Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath on vocals.

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