Space Rock Time Bomb

Crash Street Kids head back to the '70s, with just the beer lights to guide them

The band members knew from the very beginning that the music they were making wasn't popular, and that they weren't doing anything new. They just wanted to do it well, which Adams explains through a silly analogy that reduces his bandmates to fits of laughter.

"It's like gussying up the old girl," he says. "She's still the same old chick, but we're dressing her up real nice and bringing her back out on the town. She may be old, but she still kisses like she used to. Let's just pop on down to Sears and pick out something fancy."

Which leads to a perfectly reasonable question from McKay. "Do they still sell dresses at Sears?"

Guitarist Ricky Serrano
Giulio Sciorio
Guitarist Ricky Serrano
Frontman Ryan McKay
Giulio Sciorio
Frontman Ryan McKay

"Probably," Adams says, adding (in what's clearly meant to be his Dude Who Works at Sears voice), "Over there by the lawn mowers."

And then, while everyone's still laughing at his goofy Sears joke, Adams gets all heartfelt, saying what they ultimately bring to the equation is a sense of honesty.

"We own those records," he says. "And not just recently. We own that vinyl. And that's vinyl we've listened to for a long time. We seek it out. We go to the record stores and go right to the vinyl and find that Suzi Quatro album, find that old Sparks album or whatever."

The whole thing started, after all, as a glitter-rock listening party. Every Tuesday, Adams says, "We'd all come down and crack some beers and listen to old vinyl. Endlessly. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Mott the Hoople. KISS."

It was only a matter of time before that beer-assisted listening started spilling over into something more creative. "There were times where, in a drunken stupor, we'd be, like, 'Hey, let's write a song that should've been on KISS' Destroyer,'" Adams says.

That notion led to "Sugar Queen," the first song they did when they actually got down to business and started recording. "I don't think it's any particular KISS song, though," McKay says, "like where you could say, 'Oh, that's the riff from "Firehouse" or "Hotter Than Hell."' It's more just that it feels like KISS."

Not only is the song featured on the band's first album, it's also referenced on Chemical Dogs, in the Raspberries-flavored "Space Rock Time Bomb," on which the rock star's manager insists, "If you don't write another 'Sugar Queen,' they may move on to better things . . . The writing's on the wall, the next one's waiting in the wings."

Why is "Sugar Queen" important? Well, it may not be CSK's best song, but it is the one that got them serious about recording and encouraged them to make the kind of record they would want to listen to, the kind of record they felt no one else was making at the time.

"The music was so great back then," Adams says. "You pull out the Mott album today and it still sounds fantastic. It was the last great wave of rock stuff before disco hit the airwaves. After that, it was, like, instantly a day gone by. That music became very nostalgic very quick, much like the '80s did when grunge hit, except the '80s bands were huge. The bands that we totally dig were not huge bands. So there was a certain unspoiled charm about that stuff, I think."

McKay recalls the first time working on what would become the Crash Street Kids' debut album made him feel like he was really capturing a little of the magic he felt on those '70s records. They were maybe six or seven songs into recording when "The Kids on Dope" was laid to tape.

"I remember sitting over there when everything was done," he says. "And it was blasting through those speakers at the threshold of pain, and I was blown away, just thinking, 'That's a great song. That's our sound.' That was the moment where it really clicked for me."

So what attracted them to that specific sound, especially considering most members of the group are way too young to have nostalgic feelings about T. Rex's Electric Warrior or Slade's "Cum On Feel the Noize" (unless it's Quiet Riot's version)?

CSK guitar hero Ricky Serrano doesn't even have to think about it. "That music was badass," he says with a shit-eating grin.

And if you do hear echoes of that era in their music?

"Then I feel like we've succeeded," McKay says.


Before they started hanging out on Tuesdays, Adams and McKay, who first bonded while standing in line at a Black Sabbath concert back in 1998, had worked together on what clearly proved to be a formative experience: backing Alice Cooper band guitarist Michael Bruce, who co-wrote such glam-era classics as "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "I'm Eighteen," and "School's Out."

"We were Billion Dollar Babies," McKay says, flushed with pride. "We worked on a record with him in 2002 and, for whatever reason, he left town. That's the short answer, trust me. But I had a great time. It was really fun to play old Alice Cooper songs with him. We'd work on new material and then he'd get on keyboards and start playing 'Halo of Flies.'"

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PSYCHO GYPSY
PSYCHO GYPSY

SINCE OUR REFORMATION, PSYCHO GYPSY HAS PLAYED IN COLORADO, TEMPE ARIZONA AND HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA. AT EACH SHOW THE WELCOME WE GOT WAS BEYOND EXPECTATIONS. WE THANK EVERYONE SINCERELY FOR ALL THE SUPPORT. IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD HOWEVER FOR 2008, WE HAVE TO RAISE THE BAR SO TO SPEAK. FOR THE REUNION LAST YEAR WE DECIDED TO GIVE SEVERAL FORMER GYPSY MEMBERS TIME ON THE GYPSY STAGE ONCE AGAIN. FOR EDDIE AND TIMM, SHARING TIME WITH OUR OLD FRIENDS BOTH ON AND OFF THE STAGE WAS TIME WE ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF. ESPECIALLY TO ERIK AND JOEY WE THANK YOU. THE DRAWBACK HOWEVER WAS THAT EACH SHOW WE PLAYED LAST YEAR HAD A DIFFERENT LINEUP WHICH MADE THE VIBE DIFFERENT AT EACH SHOW. THE COLORADO SHOW FEATURED EDDIE ELECTRA, TIMM TANTRUM, JASON DOCKTER AND A GREAT FRIEND OF TANTRUM'S JOSH DRAVEN WHO CURRENTLY DOES ARTWORK FOR GYPSY. THE PHOENIX ARIZONA LINEUP CONSISTED OF AGAIN EDDIE, TIMM AND JASON AND ORIGINAL GYPSY LEAD GUITARIST AND ARIZONA'S GUITAR GOD/VIRTUOSO JOEY CARTER (NOW OF ARIZONA FAVORITES RIZON) AT THE END OF THE SHOW ERIK "BD" ST. ERICKSON JOINED GYPSY FOR A FEW SONGS. PSYCHO GYPSY THEN MADE THEIR WAY TO HOLLYWOOD. ERIK WAS CHOSEN TO PERFORM AT THE HOLLYWOOD SHOW HOWEVER JASON GOT KNOCKED OUT OF THE LINEUP FOR THAT NIGHT DUE TO AN EXTREME INFECTION IN HIS ARM MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO PLAY THE DRUMS. IT WAS DECIDED THAT TANTRUM WOULD STEP BEHIND THE DRUM KIT FOR THAT ONE NIGHT. NOW THAT GYPSY HAS CELEBRATED IT'S PAST WE NEED TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE WHICH REQUIRES THAT WE NOW HIRE A PERMANENT LINEUP. BACK IN 2000 ERIK WAS UNABLE TO PERFORM 2 BACK TO BACK SHOWS IN ARIZONA DUE TO ILLNESS. THE GUITAR PLAYER FROM THE OPENING BAND WAS BROUGHT IN AND PLAYED BOTH SHOWS NOT ONLY WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS BUT WITHOUT ANY REHEARSAL EITHER. THAT GUITAR PLAYER WAS JERRY VAYNE OF FOXY ROXX.NOT ONLY DOES THIS MEAN JERRY WILL NOW PLAY WITH GYPSY. BUT IT ALSO MEANS THE SOUNDS OF TWO GREAT BANDS WILL BE BROUGHT TOGETHER TO MAKE ONE INCREDIBLE SOUND. JERRY AND TIMM HAVE ALREADY COLLABORATED ON TWO GREAT SONGS FOR LAST HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS WHICH WERE PLAYED IN ROTATION ON ROTTING FLESH RADIO REALDISNEY.COM METAL EXPRESS RADIO BRAINGEL RADIO AND SEVERAL OTHERS. THE SUCCESS OF THESE SONGS MADE HIRING JERRY A NO BRAINER. SO HERE IS THE LINE UP FOLKS.

JERRY VAYNE

TIMM TANTRUM

AND EDDIE ELECTRA

WE ARE ALSO ANNOUNCING THE RE-RELEASE OF OUR DEBUT ALBUM FEATURING NEW PACKAGING, NEW ARTWORK BY JOSH DRAVEN, LYRICS AND A TRIBUTE PAGE IN THE BOOKLET FOR OUR LATE DRUMMER MYKEL.(RIP) THE ALBUM WILL SOON ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON SEVERAL MAJOR MUSIC SITES FOR MP3 DOWNLOAD AS WELL AS AVAILABLE FROM THE MYSPACE PAGES. OUR NEW ALBUM (WHICH WAS PUT ON HOLD IN ORDER TO PLAY THE LIVE SHOWS WILL BE DONE THIS SUMMER FEATURING GUITAR WORK FROM JERRY VAYNE) MORE DATES FOR LIVE APPEARANCES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON. SHOW &035;1 WILL BE IN COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO. THE DATE FOR THAT SHOW WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON. ANOTHER PROJECT THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO GYPSY FANS, IS A METAL SOLO PROJECT FEATURING TIMM TANTRUM AND ERIK "BD" ST. ERICKSON. EDDIE ELECTRA HAS ALSO BEEN WORKING ON SOLO WORK FOR FUTURE RELEASE SO STAY TUNED FOR THAT. AS YOU CAN TELL WE HAVE NOT BEEN SITTING ON OUR ASSES AS OF LATE. THIS WILL INDEED BE THE YEAR OF THE GYPSY!!!!!!!!!!KEEP IT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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