KIDD COMET

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

KIDD COMET

The first time I saw and read about KIDD COMET was about 9 months ago, when I received Bam Magazine from L.A. When my eyes caught Casey and Co. I was sure that this band was just my cup of tea. I contacted the band and soon received a copy of their debut EP, and a real killer it turned out to be KIDD COMET plays glam with so much power that it puts most other bands of their ilk to shame. I would compare them to early CRUE with a touch of POISON and WHITE LION thrown in for good measure. But to find out more about the KIDD COMET glam clan let’s bring in vocalist Casey Lee Michaels.
Casey, when was the band formed? Tell our readers how it all started?

“Well, in early 1988, I contacted a friend who lived in Los Angeles and ran a musician’s referral service. Ronny (North, guitar) had been playing around with some half-assed rock outfit called JADE, who seemed to have a lot of money but little else. Out of 200 prospective guitarists I chose Ronny and took his photo and bio to the band. We made the necessary phone calls, set up the meeting and exchanged tapes.”

So, who are your influences? “The band holds great respect for and is influenced by too many factors to really bother putting into words, but speaking strictly in the genre of rock music, there is definitely a common KISS bond within the group. I always thought Paul Stanley was the epitome of what a rockstar should be: a great songwriter, great vocalist, and a fantastic stage performer – not to mention that he looks and acts the part.”

How did you come up with the name KIDD COMET? “Comic books were my means of escape as I was growing up, and KIDD COMET was a character I created. Batman had his Robin, Captain America had Bucky etc, so KIDD COMET was the ultimate sidekick, except there was never a partner. The first night we met (the band) we hit it off right away and when the topic of group name came up, I offered KIDD COMET.”

You have just recorded your debut EP, could you tell us more about It? “The debut EP is called, “Kiss….Kiss….Bang! Bang!”, which includes the title track plus, “When it’s Over”’ about a psychotic’s obsession with a girl, “Ignite The Nile”’ which is about an experience I had when I first moved into Hollywood, and “Learn To Live” which offers a story line loosely based on a girlfriend of mine who moved to Hollywood to seek fame and reached a little too far.”

How would you describe your music? “It’s story board rock’n’roll, there’s no deep messages here. It’s escapism. It’s something to help take you away from the boredom of everyday life. It’s something that says ‘It’s Okay To Be You!’. That’s certainly nothing new, it is what it is, a product that gives you KIDD COMET seven days a week, every week.”

How much gigging does the band do? “We try to play out as often as possible, but at the same time you don’t want to flood the market. We’ll do the strip twice a month and concentrate on other venues, it’s a big world out there and L.A. is a very small needle in a very large haystack, an important little needle, but ultimately rock fans are everywhere!

Are you getting interest from any major labels? “Ah yes! The big LA myth. Of course we’ve had our fair share of labels offering us the dotted line, but we’re looking at the big picture – the take two steps back before you shoot picture. We’re in it for the long run, not to be someone’s tax write-off. Demo deals are not record deals, and record deals only count when you’re three records down and still selling strong with a point figure that allows the band to earn a living and not just the record company counting profits. To say the band doesn’t have the material is incorrect – we do. We’re just waiting for the right deal, we want full artistic freedom. KIDD COMET is not a ‘fad’ band. I don’t think you’ll ever see a KIDD COMET rap album!”

Well, as you can see, Casey has certainly got his head screwed on right, and he is ably supported by three talented musicians, namely Ronnie North (guitar), Mark Blaso (bass) and the recently recruited Denny Foxx (drums), and with the right breaks KIDD COMET could well be a name that’s on the tips of everyone’s tongue come the end of the year.

THE ULTRA VIOLET

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

THE ULTRA VIOLET


THE ULTRA VIOLET is a Chicago based modem rock’n’roll band, who put out an LP in 1986 titled “Mother Victim”. The band has an image somewhere between GUNS N’ROSES and DEF LEPPARD, but sound just the opposite falling between TOMORROWS CHILD, RAIN ON FIRE and FIFTEEN MINUTES. The bands current line-up reads: Chris Schneider (lead vocals), Angelo Vancheri (drums), Bob Pucci (guitars) and Bob Tyrell
(keyboards).

All their songs show major hit potential, from the vibrant “Shattered World” to the wildly commercial “Sanctuary” and the weirdness of the ballad “Shadows”.

There’s a helluva lot of U2 in there too and a lot of other comparisons too numerous to mention. If any band ever featured in this Demolition section had any chance of any real commercial success, then this is the band.

KELV HELLRAZER

ROZZI LANE

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

ROZZI LANE


ROZZI LANE have been on the LA. scene for quite a while now, although it’s taken me ages to track them down. The band consists of Toni Snow (drums), Michael Marquee (bass), Mickey D’Mone (vocals) and Willy Houston (guitars) and they describe themselves as ‘New Wave’s Bastard Stepchild’ and I certainty wouldn’t be one to argue ‘cos the two songs l have on tape – “Betty Angel” and “Beauty’s Only Skin Deep” – fit that description perfectly.

The nearest band they remind me of is THE RAMONES, but with a more rocking edge. There’s also a bit of SWEET in there as well.

With the wildest and wackiest hairdos in Hollywood – every member has either got pink or orange hair – ROZZI LANE are one of the best and most entertaining live acts I’ve seen in a long time.

I believe the two tracks will be available as a single by the time you read this, so you’d better get writing, ‘cos ROZZI LANE are gonna bigger than their hairdo’s!
KELV HELLRAZER


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PAIR A DICE

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

PAIR A DICE

Formed in 1986 PAIRADICE are a five-piece melodic hard rock band based in LA. Consisting of Paul Lancia (vocals), Dave Marshall (lead guitar), Billy D’vette (rhythm guitar), Nick Masella (bass) and Dazz Bash (drums), the bands demo contains three tracks which show their ability to write strong, catchy tunes which should grab the attention of a few A&R executives on the West Coast.

“I’ll Be There For You” is a moody ballad that oozes class. “Where’s Jenny” is an uptempo rocker with plenty of melody, whilst the pacey “Midnight Train” features some great lead work from Dave Marshall. Add to this the superb vocals of Paul Lancia, whose style is quite unique, and you have a real happening band who should be checked out at all costs.
KEN ANTHONY


Link

From the Pair A Dice Youtube channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/PAIRADICE88

BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB

 
BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB is none other than my old buddy Nigel Itson (ex-LONDON/RUBY SLIPPERS). “After the demise of RUBY SLIPPERS, it was pretty obvious that l wasn’t going to make it doing the OTT glamour thing,” explains Nigel, “so I decided that l would do the thing by myself.

I found four scum buckets that were already in a band and we formed MILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, but due to inflation we changed it to BILLIONAIRE!”

Being a big tan of Nigel I couldn’t wait to get my lugholes around his latest affair.

“Sealed With A Kiss” hits off the demo, and is Nigel at his trashiest yet, being backed up by the weirdest bunch of junkie punks I’ve seen in a long time – in the form of Robert Tracy (guitars), Billy (guitars), James Frey (bass) and Tony Purvis (drums). It’s not surprising the band sound trashy.

“Twinkle Twinkle” is the glamiest anthem around, Nigel turning in his finest vocal performance to date. “You Girl” is another glamour anthem of the finest order, showing Nigel’s MOTT influences.

I think Nigel stands a better chance than ever before with B.B.C., the image Is more streetwise, which will help ‘cos a lot of people were offended by RUBY SUPPERS – sometimes they were just too OTT.
KELV HELLRAZER

RUBY SLIPPERS MYSPACE

http://www.myspace.com/rubyslippersrock/music

LO Girls

Kerrang Issue 286 April 1990

LO GIRLS, RICH RAGS Royal Standard, Walthamstow

Now, forgive me if I’m wr…wro….wrrro,..um—everso slightly incorrect(t), but do I get the impression that vocalist Bo of LO Girls craves to be some kinda Axl Rose with goody two-shoes principles? A nun with a gun? An alcoholic Captain America? ‘It’s great to see couples again,‘ the corkscrew mop-topped one announces with unashamed sincerity, as he launches into an anti-one night stand rap. His Claire Rayner spiel incited hecklin’ from one portion of punters, but Bo ‘n’ Co were undaunted, an erect middle finger from guitarist John H being the response.

Bo’s influences are as glarin’ as a spotlight slicin’ the fog; he does AxIs patented straitjacket shuffle, but attempts to counteract any damn Yankee-isms with a Union Jack emblazoned T-shirt. The band’s patriotic preachin’ is admirable but somewhat ineffective when it supercedes a super-slick rendition of Buns N’Toasties’‘It’s So Easy’. It’s so obvious.

In the talent department Lo Girls are a good head‘n’shoulders above average. They glide effortlessly and not over (or annoyingly) arrogantly across the stage., a tidy little unit who no doubt take their craft seriously. And they either rehearse in a friend’s garage or are ridiculously in debt to their local rehearsal room if their marked improvement from the last time I set mince-pies on ‘em is anythin’ to set standards by.

And with that near-as-yer-gettin’-to complimentary-for-now closin’ assessment, it’s Lo from them and goodbye from me. Sweet dreams.

RAY ZELL