Calendar of Events

August 2022
August 13, 2022
The Fleshtones / Palmyra Delran & The Doppel Gang
Show Starts:
9:30 pm
Show End:
1:00 am
Doors will open approximately 30minutes prior to show start time.
Entry Fee:
and up allowed
About the Show and the Artist:

The Fleshtones

Forty years ago in Queens, New York, KEITH STRENG and his buddy Marek Pakulski discovered some guitars in a basement of a house they were renting. They didn’t know how to tune strings or finger a chord, but they dug Rock & Roll and R&B, which was hard to find in the mid-1970s pabulum on Top 40 and FM radio. They picked up those guitars, found some cheap amps, and started banging out noise. By ’77, local drummer Lenny Calderon was on board as the steady drummer. 

One day PETER ZAREMBA, an art student friend with long bangs, a harmonica, and a manic vision, dropped by the house, grabbed a mic, and named the band THE FLESHTONES. They rehearsed by throwing locally legendary parties in the basement of that house, dosed with fuzz guitar and trash cans full of their signature cocktail, the Blue Whale, inaugurating a bacchanal that just won’t end.

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.

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 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), Ca?it O’Riordan (Pogues), female rock pioneer Genya Ravan (who brings it all full circle on a cover of early ’70s girl-rockers Fanny), Ben Vaughn, Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Paul Collins (Paul Collins’ Beat), Eddie Mun?oz (Plimsouls), “Speedie” John Carlucci (Fuzztones), and even Little Steven himself.

Far from the soundtrack to the next James Bond flick, 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 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!”

Last year saw the release of The Coolies - a supergroup greater than the sum of your already awesome parts. Uh Oh! It’s The Coolies sets an irreverent tone from its title on down to the six raucously melodic tracks on this debut benefit EP from Wicked Cool Records by a trio of ladies renowned in the worlds of indie, punk and garage rock.

The Coolies combines Kim Shattuck (frontwoman of The Muffs and bassist of The Pandoras) with Melanie Vammen (The Pandoras and formerly of The Muffs) and Palmyra Delran (The Doppel Gang, also ex-Friggs). Performed in the guise of their Ramonesesque alter egos –Kimba Coolie, Melimba Coolie and Palmyra is, you guessed it, Palimba Coolie – the six original songs zip by in a dizzying 15 minutes of sheer sonic bliss.

The band and label raised over $15,000 and donated all proceeds from sales of the project to ALS Association Golden West Chapter in tribute to Kim Shattuck, who passed away in Oct of 2019 after a two year battle with the disease, still in need of a cure.

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 every Mon/Tues afternoon at 4pm, Wed/Thurs evenings 8pm, and Sunday mornings 8am EST on SiriusXM. “I get to unleash the geek and not just bore my friends with music facts!”

PALMYRA DELRAN AND THE DOPPEL GANG is: Palmyra Delran – vocals, guitar and percussion; Michael Lynch — bass and backing vocals; Mark Brotter — drums; Bob Wojciechowski — guitar and backing vocals