Muck And The Mires
MUCK AND THE MIRES, Boston's International ambassadors of garage rock 'n' roll, have been described as a blend of the 1964 Beatles and the 1977 Ramones. Their songs are reminiscent of the 1960's British Invasion, all two minutes long and ALL POTENTIAL HITS, while their live show is a high energy blast of fast-paced, post-punk gritty garage rock and roll. They have built a worldwide following through relentless touring, radio and satellite airplay and a string of recordings, produced by Kim Fowley & Jim Diamond, considered by many to be cult classics.
Formed in 2001, MUCK AND THE MIRES are pehaps the first group to ever have a “Best Of” collection released before ever playing a note together; “All Mucked Up -The Best of Muck and the Mires”. In reality, these raw recordings were home demos created by Muck (Evan Shore formerly of The Queers and The Voodoo Dolls). Originally passed off as the lost sessions of an unknown sixties garage band, In 2001, the demos were issued on CD in Canada on AMP RECORDS and subsequently on vinyl by SOUNDFLAT RECORDS of Germany. Following the immediate success of the album, Muck assembled the real-life Muck and the Mires, who's current lineup still features drummer JESSIE BEST, long-time bassist JOHN QUINCY MIRE, and the recent return of founding lead guitarist Pedro Mire.
In 2004, the band gained worldwide recognition when they were featured on MTV as the winners of Little Steven Van Zandt's (E-Street band/Underground Garage) national battle of the garage bands contest. The group appeared that summer at Little Steven's festival in NY alongside Bo Diddley, The Stooges and The NY Dolls. Later that same year, they toured Europe for several weeks and quickly built a large following both home and abroad thanks to strong airplay and worldwide live appearances.
In 2006, DIONYSUS RECORDS (Burbank, California) and SOUNDFLAT RECORDS jointly released the album “1-2-3-4” which quickly climbed up college and satellite radio charts. The song "Caught In A Lie" was subsequently featured in the History Channel's film "Vietnam in HD" and the record received a four-star rating from England’s prestigious Uncut Magazine, prompting their first UK tour. In Liverpool, they headlined the famous Cavern Club and caught the attention of ex-Beatles manager Allan Williams. It should be noted that, despite their offer to employee him, "The man who gave away the Beatles" also turned down Muck and the Mires. Following a slew of dates across the US, the group embarked on a seven-country European Tour which included arena-sized dates with surviving members of The MC5.
Rock legend KIM FOWLEY (the Runaways/Kiss) stepped in to produce the group's 2009 release "Hypnotic". Critically acclaimed, this was their first full-length effort for London's Dirty Water Records who had issued an EP (Doreen) and a single ("I'm Down With That") the year prior. While on tour in England, the group was surprised to learn that their single had introduced the popular American phrase "I'm Down With That" to Londoners. They spent the year promoting Hypnotic with high-profile shows such as their appearance with the NY Dolls at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX and at the Bukta fest in Norway with Ray Davies (The Kinks), Roky Erickson and Kaiser Chiefs.
MUCK AND THE MIRES headed to Detroit to record the follow up album with acclaimed White Stripes producer JIM DIAMOND. 2011's "A Cellarful of Muck" proved to be the group's biggest selling album to date, scoring record of the month on Spanish National Radio. in 2012, the group returned to Europe, while back home, they once again proved their wide appeal playing the Life Is Good Festival with contemporary artists including Dave Mathews.
MUCK AND THE MIRES recently returned to the studio with both Kim Fowley and Jim Diamond, and also served as Fowley's back up band when he perfromed his outrageous live show in Hollywood.2013/2014 European tour dates are being booked now in suppost of this latest disc DIAL M FOR MUCK!
Palmyra Delran & The Doppel Gang
Palmyra Delran is inciting espionage. "Come Spy With Me is an invitation to come for the ride and listen to the record with me," says the trash-pop maven of her new album on Steven Van Zandt's Wicked Cool Records, out November 9. "Plus, spying is all the rage these days. I know there's a movie from 1967 with the same title as my album, but I haven't seen it."
Spy builds on Palmyra's growing notoriety within the Garage Rock universe, which has seen many of her tracks named "Coolest Song In The World" on Little Steven's Underground Garage. One of them, "Baby Should Have Known Better," was even SiriusXM listeners' choice for "Coolest Song Of The Year" in 2008. Another fan favorite, "You're My Brian Jones," was a highlight of her last full-length effort, 2013's You Are What You Absorb.
The New Yorker (by way of Philadelphia) with a penchant for mod and Vespa scooter culture has recruited so many spies to conspire with her that nearly every track on this new self-produced tour de force of a platter with backing band The Doppel Gang boasts one or more guest stars. Blondie's Debbie Harry lends vocals on the first two songs, and contributions abound from a who's who of punk, garage and power pop demigods including Kim Shattuck (Muffs), Cáit O'Riordan (Pogues), female rock pioneer Genya Ravan (who brings it all full circle on a cover of early '70s girl-rockers Fanny), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Paul Collins (Paul Collins' Beat), Eddie Muñoz (Plimsouls), "Speedie" John Carlucci (Fuzztones), Ben Vaughn and even Little Steven himself.
Far from the soundtrack to the next James Bond flick, though, the songs on Spy tend more toward relationship stories. "They're not necessarily mine - I like to eavesdrop," Palmyra admits. "Even a little snippet of random conversation can turn into a set of lyrics. I like to span time frames and imagery, mix past and present. Leave questions unanswered. Blur the lines so that songs can mean different things to different people. It's about connecting. It's gotta make you laugh, cry or think. Maybe even at the same time!"
The music she's made with her coterie of friends on Spy stays true to her longtime artistic vision. "It's an extension of what I was doing in the Friggs," she says of her '90s girl punk group. It was a vision that landed them spots opening for legends like the Ramones and Cheap Trick while earning sync placements in watch-'em-till-you-memorize-'em films like Superbad and Jawbreaker.
The cast of New York characters known as The Doppel Gang anchors the album, fleshing out Delran's demos. "I'm like the Ed Wood of home recording," she says. "My guys in the band take the basics and make 'em better."
The Doppel Gang consists of bassist Michael Lynch ("a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who's been in tons of cool bands and released a few records of his own"), drummer Mark Brotter ("he's played with Hem, Evie Sands, Alan Merrill who wrote "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and Bowery Boys") and Richard Dev Greene ("true rock 'n' roll to the core, he was in Pale Face Of Youth who re-formed as Pale Moon Gang, and he's doing gigs with the re-formed Plimsouls").
In addition to East Coast shows, Palmyra will tour Come Spy With Me out West this fall with Wicked Cool labelmates (and fellow Philly area natives) Soraia. L.A.'s honeychain is also on the bill. For those dates, Palmyra's lined up a left coast combo comprised of John Carlucci and Laura Carlucci along with two of the Pandoras, Melanie Vammen and Hillary Burton, the latter also of honeychain. The Carluccis are also in Bubble Gun, a Palmyra band that's scored a "Coolest Song" of their own in a duet with The Mighty Manfred of the Woggles. A drummer-turned-frontwoman, Palmyra also still does a gig or so a year with her old Philly-based punk band Pink Slip Daddy.
Another recent Palmyra project of note is the children's punk album KinderAngst, a 2012 collaboration with NYC songwriter Rachelle Garniez who also co-wrote "Brian Jones" and her 2017 Christmas single "Coal In My Fishnet Stocking." She even brought the swingin' '60s Spanish song "Chica Ye Ye" to the Spy sessions.
When she's not writing, recording or touring, Ms. Delran brings the rock to the people as host of Palmyra's Trash-Pop Shindig on Little Steven's Underground Garage channel, Sunday mornings 8 a.m. to noon EST on SiriusXM. "I get to unleash the geek and not just bore my friends with music facts!" she says. Her recent listening for fun has included East Coast beach music like Bill Deal & the Rhondels and the Tams, with staples like T. Rex, the Velvet Underground and '60s British Invasion bands never far from her turntable.
"I've played in front of 30,000 people - opening for Cheap Trick - and for two people - the sound man and his girlfriend - so I try to make the best of whatever is going on around me. Luckily the highlights have outweighed the low points."
The next full-length release in Wicked Cool Records' ongoing partnership with The Orchard as distributor, Come Spy With Me catapults Palmyra Delran from the garage into the driver's seat of the most souped-up set of wheels this side of 007's Aston Martin.
PALMYRA DELRAN AND THE DOPPEL GANG is: Palmyra Delran - vocals, guitar and percussion; Michael Lynch - bass and backing vocals; Mark Brotter - drums; Richard Dev Greene - guitar and backing vocals
Pale Moon Gang
PALE MOON GANG reflects the raw aggressiveness and tender underbelly of
New York, the city they call home. With riffs that grab you and won't let go, the
GANG creates a smoldering energy that rides on a wave of pure rock'n'roll.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Richard Dev Greene was born and raised in New
York City. His playground, downtown's Lower East Side, afforded him an experience
few aspiring rockers ever get - exposure to NYC's raw,
rebellious, punk rock scene. From that point on, Greene knew he had but one calling
in life. This destiny led his first band, Pale Face Of Youth, to the doorstep of
fame. After being spotted at CBGB, Pale Face was offered an opening spot for The
CLASH, a band whose audiences routinely crucified opening acts. Yet, this was not
the case with Pale Face, who went over so well they were offered two more shows on
what turned out to be The Clash's farewell tour. This honor lead to opening slots
for other legends like PIL, The Cramps, Billy Idol and The Ramones.
Around this time, a fourteen year old Luke Miller happened to cross paths
with Greene at the now legendary Saint Marks Bar. After an initial confrontation,
fueled by drink and teen-aged macho posturing, the two bonded in their mutual mania
for rock'n'roll. They danced and thrashed to songs by the Sex Pistols, Iggy, and the
Clash and as each song entered their bloodstream like the same drug, they knew a
lifelong friendship was brewing. A few weeks later Miller went to see Pale Face
perform and was blown away. In his journal he recalls, "Greene glided across the
stage like James Brown and attacked his guitar with the ferociousness of Joe
Strummer". He felt the only thing missing was himself onstage with Greene. At the
time, the only instrument Miller could play was the radio, but this was soon to
change. Greene spent weeks teaching Miller bass guitar and soon their musical lives
together had begun. Their personal connection produced great music and an intense
onstage chemistry ... but intense chemistry often has unintended consequences. A
fanatical devotion to punk ideology combined with a few arrests, too much junkie
business and more than a dash of cold gin, led their then manager to declare these
boys "unmanageable". Indeed they were, and with their mission sidetracked, they went
their separate ways.
Time heals all wounds. Miller came to Greene in 2004 with a proposition:
reform the band in attitude and energy, but with a new sound. Thus, PALE MOON GANG
was born. The startling compliment to their sound comes from Brian Wolfe, an
amazingly skilled drummer and true southern gentleman, who transforms onstage into
the brilliant, manic "Wolfman". They performed their debut show at the place it all
started, CBGB, and their mission began anew.
When watching Greene and Miller perform, you feel as if you're seeing
their story unfold. Their wildly fluid and untamed onstage rapport captivates
audiences and makes them true believers, just as Greene did for Miller that first
PALE MOON GANG is recording a new album at Brooklyn's Excello Studios.
Their current sound evolves from heavy bass hooks, driving beats, and sinewy guitar
passion, coupled with lyrics that dive in deep. It's a sound that burrows inside you
and makes itself home. That's alright, this is tribal music medicine that makes it