THE CYNICS (Garage Rock Folk // USA)
Ce joyeux garage band né à la fin des 80’s à Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanie, on les classe non loin des Fuzztones. Ils sortent des albums flirtant avec psychédélisme, punk, folk et garage, et se classent parmi les artistes mythiques du genre. Les deux pionniers se nomment Gregg Kostelich à la guitare (qui dirige son propre label sur lequel se produit le groupe Get Hip Recording) et Michael Kastelic au chant depuis 1985. Locomotive rock, les récents Black Lips ont du dévorer leurs albums dès leur plus jeune âge, voilà d’où vient l’esprit de la nouvelle scène garage rock américaine qui fait tant parler d’elle en ce moment ! Après 8 albums variés, dansants, extrêmes et festifs, où tambourins et percussions sixties sont de mises, le groupe agrémente leur rock’n’roll par des solos d’harmonicas, chœurs, claviers et riffs accrocheurs. Ils sont de retour, prenez part à la fête !
Formed in 1983 by Get Hip Recordings owner Gregg Kostelich, The CYNICS are a Garage-Punk institution.
Guitarist/producer/record company head Gregg Kostelich is the frenetic force behind THE CYNICS. He managed to keep the band afloat in the wake of constant personnel changes, he recorded some of the finest garage tracks ever, and also launched one of the best independent record labels of the 1980s. THE CYNICS’ style has been clear since their 1983 inception: fuzzed ultra-distorted guitar, screaming, moaning vocals, with a straight-ahead no frills rhythm section. The influences are extreme ‘60s Punk, R&B, and other loud, frantic trash. Gregg has occasionally steered the band into flirtations with folk-rock and little pop, but it’s the grunged-out punkers that have created THE CYNICS’ reputation. Their first two 45s were released by the Californian Dionysus label, but soon after Gregg had established his own Pittsburgh-based GET HIP RECORDINGS who would release all of THE CYNICS albums and singles, as well as those by countless great garage, punk-rock and power-pop releases by other bands from around the globe.
Though Gregg’s guitar is the backbone of the band, vocalist Michael Kastelic’s contribution to THE CYNICS sound cannot be underestimated. In concert (and on record) he screeches, wails, and moans with great abandon, while his frail, thin body shakes throughout the room. Michael is a truly possessed frontman.
Since the 2007 recording in Spain of the band’s 7th full-length album, Here We are, The CYNICS have been graced with a fantastic and powerful rhythm section of two talented musicians from Asturias (Spain): Angel Kaplan and Pablo Gonzalez. They have been touring relentlessly with the band since and also joined Gregg and Michael in Detroit for the recording of their latest album, SPINNING WHEEL MOTEL (2012) under the masterful direction of Jim Diamond .
In an interview on March 21, 1986, Gregg Kostelich said “I was maybe 4 or 5 when I started collecting Garage records, and I’ve been listening to that type of music ever since. And I was lucky enough to see a couple of shows I was a little kid…my parents would bring to see bands like THE SONICS and THE BLUE MAGOOS and THE WHO, when I was about 7 or 8! I didn’t know what was going on really, but it was really exciting. I was kinda embarrassed in a way because I was with my parents.” When I mentioned that this early exposure to garage music explained THE CYNICS style, Gregg responded “Yeah, maybe I got brain damage from all the noise!”
Michael Kastelic Vocals
Gregg Kostelich Guitar
Angel Kaplan Bass
Pablo Gonzalez Drums
Joy Rage en solo:
Univers Feeling Wild Rock and Roll déjanté ,Voodoo Child aux mélodies dissonantes, autodidacte, une guitare, une voix, Joy Rage nous projette dans une trance poétique.
ROCKING THE WAVE