BEST ROCK & ROLL SHOW OF THE SUMMER!
BRING A DROP CLOTH!
Have you heard THIS American sound? Of the dozens of bands that emerged in the 80's garage rock revival, Lyres were one of the few that realized it wasn't about how much paisley clothing, chicken bones or fangs you wore or finding the right vintage effects pedals to play through. It was and IS about playing cool stripped-down rock & roll. Jeff "Monoman" Conolly knows that the Sonics and the Ramones were traveling in the same direction but took different paths to get there. Conolly's Lyres chart their own course too and capture what's exciting and soulful about 60's punk without drowning in a sea of "retro." Sporting a high-energy sound indebted to bands that we can only pretend we've heard of, few groups that play reeeal rock & roll have lasted this long, hit this hard or continue to make as much good music as LYRES.
THE JAY VONS
The Jay Vons are one of CS! favorite bands because: They. Are. That. Good. Perfect, in fact. Starting with their name. To witness The Jay Vons in action is to believe. A personal appearance by The Jay Vons is a “happening." The stage lights pop on. Suddenly music explodes alive and present, beating into you, penetrating skull and belly. Something inside has got to move. You notice this group: clean cut – groomed hair – neat. Their steps are smooth and graceful. Thumping on his custom Harmony bass ax is Benny Trokan. His insistent bottom sound produces The Jay Vons' trademark: heavy, driving rhythm. Banging away on drums is Mikey (Custodian of Soul) Post. He keeps two things working: mouth and drums. That haunting, ever-riding whang comes from the unique lead guitar of Mike “the Cat” Catanese. On organ is Dave Amels. Personable, strong and seasoned, Dave’s forte is the hurting kind. Lead vocals rotate between Ben and Mike, but sometimes Mikey is given a well-deserved solo spot. Their songs would best be described as danceable heartbreakers. As you shuffle across the floor your eyes will fill with tears. On their current single “Days Undone” B/W “Never Take me Back” you will notice that The Jay Vons sound on-stage just like their records. They use no studio musicians. They are what they are. The Jay Vons feature members of Reigning Sound, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, and Robbers on High Street:
Dave Amels - organ, Mike Catanese - guitar, vocals, Mikey Post - drums, vocals, Benny Trokan - bass, vocals
Hometown- New York / Current Location- Brooklyn, NY
The Ar-Kaics are Kevin, Johnny, Tim, and Patty. They play troglodyte teenbeat 60s-style punk. Arrrrrrghhh!