Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Monday December 31 2018
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:30PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$25 in advance / $30 at the door
blues-based raucous rock
Rock N Roll
Rock 'N Roll , Punk
David Roach - Vocals
Jimmy James - Guitars, Background Vocal
Tim Mosher - Guitars, Background Vocals
Todd Muscat - Bass, , Background Vocals
Patrick Muzingo - Drums and Percussion
-from Hollywood, D.C, Austin, FLA
-Junkyard·Sunday, November 5, 2017
Eleven songs — raucous, blues-based, uncompromising — mark a triumphant return for "Hollywood" rockers JUNKYARD on their first official album in 26 years via Acetate Records.
While odds and sods have been released over the decades, "High Water" is a firm statement of the band's 2017, and onward, intent. As singer and founding member David Roach explains, in recent years, JUNKYARD had a blast playing "reunion" shows, which quickly turned into mini-tours through Spain and packed gigs across America. New songs began percolating, and JUNKYARD began writing.
"I had no grand illusions of a magnum opus, or that we'd try and recreate what we were 25 years ago," Roach states. "This album is not a departure; it's a rock 'n' roll record from JUNKYARD with songs about life, love, regret, addiction and memories."
JUNKYARD, who hit MTV and radio hard with their self-titled 1989 Geffen Records debut and singles "Hollywood" and "Simple Man", cement the authenticity their first two records on "High Water", such blunt songs as the soul-searching of "Cut From The Same Cloth" to "We Fuck Like We Fight" (politely abbreviated as "WFLWF" for the politically correct) going down as easy as an aged Kentucky bourbon.
The band members are straight ahead guys, but "High Water" has a few shades of meaning. Guitarist Tim Mosher explains: "It could be interpreted more than one way — like a 'high water mark' or the old phrase come 'hell or high water,' or with the image of the bottle on our CD cover, the actual 'high water,' aka booze!" "High Water" also boasts writing and lead guitar credits from Brian Baker, a JUNKYARD founding member who played with the band more than 25 years, but now plays his trade full time with BAD RELIGION. On the road, JUNKYARD are joined by Jimmy James (THE HANGMEN), with founding member Pat Muzingo and bassist Todd Muscat, who joined the band in 1991, rounding out the lineup.
"The JUNKYARD sound is a pretty classic one: big guitars and drums with David spilling his guts on top," says Mosher, who produced the album. We wanted 'High Water' to sound loose and live, so as far as production goes we weren't trying to re- invent the wheel, just deliver the songs in the best light we could, then mix in some big riffs and throaty vocals and that's 'YARD."
JUNKYARD's classic sound got some help from a fan and friend on "High Water": Charlie Starr from the band BLACKBERRY SMOKE wrote the dramatic, forthright statement "Till the Wheels Fall Off" specifically for JUNKYARD.
As for a theme running through "High Water", Roach jokes "we're not that clever," but describes the album as "a rock 'n' roll record with a nod to punk rock and outlaw country rock." It's a sound that's both timeless and timely.
As always, JUNKYARD steer clear of politics: "I personally prefer to keep politics out of my rock. I understand it's a great platform, and maybe some feel it's your duty to use it to a purpose, but I just feel our music is just for escape."
For his part, lyricist Roach is unafraid to mine his own missteps in song, as he did in the past with 1989 fan favorite, "Hands Off". This go-round, he confesses all via the tune 'Wallet". "That song was inspired by a night I spent with a stranger on the eve of a tour," says Roach. "I met her at [Hollywood bar] Boardners and we went to her place. The next day I snuck off like a rat to go home and pack for the tour. After I left, I realized I left my wallet and had to do the walk of shame to retrieve it. Similar incidents have occurred — before and since to me — and I'm sure, countless others."
The band — and it's legion of longtime fans — is excited that "High Water" brings back JUNKYARD as an ongoing concern. As one of the great guttersnipe L.A. bands of the late '80s — a storied crew that includes GUNS N' ROSES, LITTLE CAESAR, THE HANGMEN — JUNKYARD were proud to be part of "one of the last great rock 'n' roll scenes," as they term it.
"I don't think we dated ourselves too badly in the beginning so a lot of our songs still have some relevance," said Roach. "Also, we were in hibernation a while, we weren't playing while a lot of our contemporaries were. It's not so much longevity as it was people who missed us 20 years ago finally have a chance to see us."
Mosher, who was a fan of the group before joining JUNKYARD in 2000, sees all angles of the JUNKYARD saga...
"Although it's been 17 years since I joined, I'm still 'the new guy,' so with 'High', I wanted to give the fans something I would've wanted as a JUNKYARD fan — a proper third album," said Mosher. "It was important to all of us that the record be a statement of intent that could connect with fans from back in the day as well as hopefully find new ones for whom this might be their first 'YARD record. It's a tall order, but we're up for it."
Mickey Finn, Billy Rowe,
Fernie Rod, Eric Stacy, Al Serrato
-from San Francisco, CA
-Founded in 1983 by guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod, JETBOY continues to carry their style of Rock N’ Roll into the 21st century with the same fury that existed 34 years ago. Long recognized as one of the perfecters of the glam genre, JETBOY was one of a handful of acts that got the attention of music fans and record executives alike. While Hollywood was loaded with musical talent, San Francisco had but one true leader at the time, and that leader was JETBOY. Now a cross-generational powerhouse, JETBOY is experiencing a resurgence in popularity that can only be attributed to their musical relevance. Rock N’ Roll fans the world over are beginning to revisit the music that helped to shape a generation, and is now becoming the soundtrack for their offspring. Songs like Feel the Shake, Heavy Chevy, Stomp it (Down to the Bricks), and their up rocked up version of Folsom Prison Blues have struck a chord with an increasingly more discerning audience. Celebrating their 25th anniversary In 2008, the founding members of JETBOY (Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and Mickey Finn) are dedicated to bringing the party atmosphere back to Rock N’ Roll. Having finished a triumphant reunion tour that saw the band playing major stages like Rocklahoma, The South Texas Rock Fest, Rock the Bayou and M3. In 2010 JETBOY entered the studio to record new material for the first time In 19 years. Twenty years after the release of the highly acclaimed second album Damnednation, JETBOY recorded an E.P., Off Your Rocker. Off Your Rocker was released on March 2, 2010 via iTunes and Amazon.com and as critics noted Is their best work yet. JETBOY has continued to gain in popularity, and has been continuously playing to large crowds at festival dates across the United States for the past few years including Rocklahoma, The South Texas Rock Fest, Rock the Bayou & The M3 Festival two times. The band also did their first ever European tour in November-December 2011 along with supporting acts such as Alice Cooper, Skid Row and Michael Monroe. On June 1st 2012 JETBOY cellebrated their 25 year reunion for their debut album ‘Feel The Shake’ at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood. The show was also a release party for the movie ‘Rock Of Ages’ which JETBOY had a few images throughout the film. The line- up for this show included all original members with a surprise appearance by their second bass player Sami Yaffa Ex Hanoi Rocks and current Michael Monroe Band. This was the first time they all shared the stage together in over 20 years. January 25th 2014 during NAMM weekend JETBOY co-headlined the Whisky A Go-Go with pals Faster Pussycat to a sold out crowd to celebrate the clubs 50 year anniversary. JETBOY played the Cathouse Rockin’ The Meadows Festival which took place on August 15th 2015 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine Ca. On November 5th 2016 the band played the Roxy in Hollywood for the 30th anniversary and final Cathouse celebration. On June 30th 2017 29 years after it's original release, Rock Candy Records reissued 'Feel The Shake' special deluxe collectors edition CD, fully remastered audio, 16 page full color booklet, 4000 essay about the making of the album, new interview and enhanced artwork. In June 2017 the band signed a deal with Italian based label Frontiers Records. The band will record a full length album for the first time in over 20 years, Release date scheduled for 2018.
Phil Bronco - Guitar
Eroc - Guitar
Guy Thunderbird - Bass/Vocals
Thor Bigsby - Drums
-from San Francisco, CA
-Flexx Bronco is the real deal from San Francisco, California. Everything they do is derived from within. Their writing style, based on collective experiences, influences and lifestyle, exposes many truths found while touring and living it over the past decade. Flexx Bronco is not just a “Rock N' Roll” band. While that is at the heart of what they do, more aptly they embody the essence of it.
“A venomous potion somewhere in between, boogie, punk and hard rock, with hard riffing, bold punk attitude and bourbon raining over every tune." (-WWW.AUDIODROME.IT - 2010)
Rooted in all aspects of outlaw, Flexx Bronco's influences draw from the bad boys of just about every guitar based genre. The typical Flexx Bronco set spans a variety of genres, ranging from country to rock, blues to pop and alternative, all firmly rooted in the heartbeat of punk rock.
The four members of Flexx bronco; Filthy, Eroc, Guy Thunderbird and Thor Bigsby come from very different backgrounds, and once musically combined their songs epitomize explosive, eccentric Rock and Roll decadence. Flexx Bronco takes the listener through the ages with drunken country sing- alongs, heavy garage blues, and then with a single down- beat, jetting them off on a lightning fast full- throttle punk and roll onslaught.
Flexx Bronco have played over three hundred shows in the last several years, sharing the stage with such phenomenal acts such as the Supersuckers, Agent Orange, The Bronx, Throw Rag, The Black Halos, Tesla, Sammy Hagar and Death by Stereo to name a few. The bands juxtaposition of old school work ethic and vivacious musical passion exudes in their dynamic stage shows, ensuring their fans a true rock and roll experience each time around. Flexx Bronco lyrics drench the soul like the first shot of bourbon to kick off an explosive night.
"I actually had more fun listening to the Flexxies than I did listening to Springsteen the other night." - (Steven Seaweed, 107.7 the Bone FM, Apr '09)
“Volume 2 – showcases Flexx Bronco at their hard-edged best.” -(Sean Thompson SF Examiner '09) What more would one expect from SF's best drawing local Rock/Punk band, packing in fans at National venues such as the Paradise Lounge and Bottom of The Hill. Flexx Bronco was voted “SF's Favorite Live Punk Band” in The SF Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay '08 and “Best Local Rock Band” in SF Weekly's Best of The Bay '09. Vol.2 is the first official release by Flexx Bronco as a four piece and solidifies their sound as more melodic, confident songwriters and performers.
With successful headlining tours on the west coast, the band looks forward to maintaining their role as best pick for national support slots on the local level, as well as support for headliners on the national and international circuit.