Friday, December 6, 2019

The Schizophonics to play NYC 'London Calling' 40th anniversary benefit w/ Debbie Harry, Fred Armisen, Jesse Malin, more

"Makers of high octane, soulful garage punk... Get an early taste with smoking' stomper 'Battle Line'." -- BrooklynVegan

"Their live show is a turbo-charged, bombastic display of true blue rock'n'roll chaos. It's not just a wild live show; the songs are fantastic too!" -- RazorCake (cover story)

San Diego trio The Schizophonics have been invited by host & organizer Jesse Malin (D Generation) to perform at 'Gates of The West: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of London Calling' in NYC on December 14th. The event is a benefit for the Joe Strummer Foundation featuring performances by Debbie Harry, Fred Armisen, Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello) and more celebrating the cherish album by The Clash. For more information, tickets and the full lineup go HERE.

The Schizophonics' sophomore album, People In The Sky was released on Halloween, and has received considerable press praise. The band recently returned from an extensive US tour, only to be personally invited to fly out by Malin after he'd seen their wild live show.

The Talkhouse recently hosted the song, "Steely Eyed Lady," with a fittingly astounding introduction courtesy of beloved performance artist El Vez (a.k.a. Robert Lopez) HERE. (Direct YouTube.) BrooklynVegan previously premiered the first single "Battle Line" available to hear and share via BrooklyVegan, YouTube, Bandcamp and Spotify

Over the last few years, The Schizophonics have built up a formidable reputation around the world as an explosive live act. Tapping into the same unstoppable combination of rock 'n' roll energy and showmanship that fueled The MC5 in the heyday of the Grande Ballroom, their wild live show is heavily influenced by artists like James Brown, Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, and The Sonics. Singer/guitarist Pat Beers and drummer Lety Beers formed the band in San Diego in 2009 and have worked tirelessly since then, playing hundreds of shows around the globe and winning 7 (SEVEN!) San Diego music awards. 

In 2013 they were recruited as the backing/opening band for El Vez, which helped the band make a name for itself in Europe. Since then, they've played in fourteen countries, and supported tours by like-minded acts like Rocket From The Crypt, Little Barrie, and The Woggles and have opened for The Damned, The Hives and Cage The Elephant. Shindig magazine described their live show "Like watching some insane hybrid of Wayne Kramer, James Brown, and the Tazmanian Devil."  

"One of my favorite live bands ever," proclaims Tim Mays, who has run the Casbah in San Diego for 30 years and has seen literally thousands of live bands come through his doors. "The Schizophonics bring the goods every time they play," he enthuses. 

The band is more than just an outstanding live act, they're also committed to writing great, memorable songs.  After releasing 2 singles and an EP over the last few years on Munster, Ugly Things, and Pig Baby Records, they put out their first full-length album in July 2017 titled Land Of The Living on the label Sympathy For The Record Industry with famed record man Long Gone John. In January of 2019 they started work on their second LP recruiting Dave Gardner (Hot Snakes, RFTC) mixing engineer Stephen Kaye (JD McPherson, Mike Krol) and Pierre De Reeder (Rilo Kiley) to put their live, raw sound to tape. 

The album, titled People in the Sky was released on October 31st, 2019 on Pig Baby Records. Orders are available HERE

12/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom - Gates of The West: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of London Calling 

Artist: The Schizophonics
Album: People In The Sky
Label: Pig Baby Records
Release date: October 31st, 2019

01. Something's Got To Give
02. Steely Eyed Lady
03. Nine Miles
04. People In The Sky
05. The One I Want
06. Battle line
07. Not Gonna Change My Mind
08. Long Way To Go
09. Show Me Your Eyes
10. Like a Mummy
11. Down and Out
12. She's Coming Back

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