M-Pre Party’s 11th edition to feature Pröwess, Streetlight Circus, Sleazy Way Out and three more bands
The 11th edition of the M-Pre Party hosted by D-Toxin Productions and organized by Dave Dillman will be back at Sonoma’s Bar & Grill in Columbia, Maryland, USA on Thursday, April 30, 2020. The event provides a national showcase for many up and coming newer bands that would not necessarily be considered for the M3 Rock Festival, which starts the next day at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, USA and goes on for three days. The M-Pre Party on April 30th will feature Pink Velvet Krush, Pröwess, Sleazy Way Out, Streetlight Circus, The Midnight Devils and White Trash Stars.
The M-Pre Party has been selling out for a number of years and the demand from bands to play the event has increased substantially during that time span. Speaking exclusively to Sleaze Roxx, Dillman indicated: “For the last five or six years, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of bands that have expressed interest in playing the M-Pre Party. Each year, there are well over 100 bands that express interest. You are correct, it didn’t start out that way. Year one was put together in about two weeks. The first one was actually on a Friday night. The actual festival was held on a Saturday and Sunday that year. I just figured there would be a lot of people in town early looking for something to do. No advertising on social media at all. Just me and a friend hitting all of the local hotels and motels with flyers. We managed to get over 100 people to show up. From that point on, the wheels were turning. I am a little surprised that the show has become so well received. It is hard to get people to come out and see original music these days, especially original bands who most are not familiar with.”
For the 11th edition, three bands — Streetlight Circus, White Trash Stars and The Midnight Devils — are returning to play the M-Pre Party. Dillman pointed out: “I usually have a couple bands return from year to year. I believe it is important to have some consistency from year to year. Some of the returning bands are fan favorites. Some I bands that I enjoy myself. I am really happy to have Streetlight Circus return in 2020. I believe it has been six years since they played the last time.. their return was long overdue. Truth be told, I have enjoyed working with each and every band that has played the show. I would love to have every one of them who are still together back at some point. Also returning in 2020 is White Trash Stars and The Midnight Devils. White Trash Stars is a band I am quite fond of. They definitely know how to entertain a crowd. With a new line-up set to hit the stage in 2020, White Trash Stars is a band that you need to keep an eye on. They are working on new music now and the release hopefully will be out in time for the show. As far as The Midnight Devils go, they are a party for sure. After they played the 2019 show, I knew I wanted to have them back.”
When it was pointed out that the M-Pre Party usually has a female fronted group each year but none for the 2020 edition, Dillman stated: “Very observant of you to notice this. I have always enjoyed female fronted bands. There are some good newer female fronted bands that I just felt people should know about… that is why I try and include a female fronted band each year. In the past I have had Diemonds, MindMaze, Shokker, Lady Beast, and Maybe Never. I did reach out to one of these bands for 2020, timing just made it impossible this time around. It wasn’t a conscious effort not to include one this time, it just ended up that way.”
If note, New York rockers Station have played the last six out of seven editions of the M-Pre Party but are not on the roster this year. The only time that Station missed the M-Pre Party in the last seven years was when they played the M3 Rock Festival in 2017. Dillman indicated: “Station….. I love that band. What else can I say about them? Station has an open invitation to be a part of The “M-Pre Party” whenever they want to be. Looks like 2020 is shaping up to be a great year for the band. Having them back in 2020 just wasn’t in the cards. Bigger and better things are on the way for Station. Make sure to follow them to see what they are up to.”
The following is a preview of the six bands that will be playing the 11th edition of the M-Pre Party in the order that they were announced to the line-up.
White Trash Stars:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA sleaze rockers White Trash Stars are back for a third year in a row at the M-Pre Party. The group was started back in 2013 and has gone through a number of line-up changes in the last few years with singer Cal Ferrante and guitarist Ray Ray D remaining from the line-up that played the M-Pre Party in 2018.
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of White Trash Stars‘ performance at the M-Pre Party on May 3, 2018: “… I was quite intrigued to see White Trash Stars play. The group’s presentation was what it must have felt like seeing Mötley Crüe in the early days. The group had two fake large fire flames that were nestled on each side of the drum kit on I believe some speakers. The band must have brought its own smoke machine, which was activated throughout the set. White Trash Stars bassist Mal Hyde looked really really similar to Nikki Sixx from his spiked up hair, small goatee (if I can call it that) and all his tattoos. Lead vocalist Caz F looked like a cross between Sixx and Poison‘s Bret Michaels. Guitarist Ray Ray D had a jacket blazer on, a few scarves and some black nail polish giving him a more subdued look just like Mick Mars always had compared to his other Crüe bandmates. Drummer E-Money looked like a little bit like a smaller version of Lee.”
Sleaze Roxx concluded in its review: “… the band’s originals were quite good on a first listen and I enjoyed all the animation that singer Caz F brought on stage. His mannerisms on stage reminded me a lot of Bret Michaels, which I equate as a good thing as Michaels — whether you love him or hate him — is a very energetic and entertaining frontman.”
White Trash Stars performing “Are You Ready” at Bar XIII in Wilmington, Delaware, USA on August 4, 2018:
White Trash Stars at Bar XIII in Wilmington, DE on August 04, 2018
New York rockers Streetlight Circus featuring lead vocalist and bassist David Shaw, guitarist George Giannoulis and drummer Erik Fehrenbach will be returning to the M-Pre Party after having previously played the event back in 2012. The group has released the albums Streetlight Circus (2012) and Needle Down (2016).
Sleaze Roxx caught Streetlight Circus‘ live performance at Sleazy Slimey Sunday 3 in Hanover, Maryland, USA back on May 6, 2018 and stated in its review: “Streetlight Circus put on an entertaining set. I only recognized two songs — the title track and “Ghettoblaster” — despite having listened to their last studio album Needle Down quite a bit prior to writing my review of it. Then again, my review of Needle Down dates back to end of November 2016, which is probably the last time that I really listened to it so it’s not that surprising that most of the songs played live from that album didn’t ring a bell for me on this night. As it turns out, I wish that I had listened to Needle Down at least once on my way to Maryland as Streetlight Circus ended up playing six songs from the album with the other ones being one track from their self-titled album (which I didn’t know about before but ended up purchasing later that night) and two new songs — “Kisses Like Bullets” and “Grass Is Greener” — which sounded quite good on a first listen. I did end up speaking to Shaw later on that night and unfortunately, a new album appears still far away. The group will be embarking on its first tour of the UK though from June 15 to 23, 2018 so for those in the UK reading this review, make sure you check the band out live.
While I enjoyed all the songs played by Streetlight Circus including the two new songs and “This Ain’t Hollywood”, I was really kind of just waiting for them to play “Ghettoblaster” which they did to close out their set. It was everything that I thought it would be! There were tons of people singing along to the song so clearly “Ghettoblaster” is and will continue to be Streetlight Circus‘ signature song.”
Streetlight Circus‘ “Ghettoblaster” video:
STREETLIGHT CIRCUS – “Ghettoblaster” (official video) From the album Needle Down (2016) Available at: www.streetlightcircus.com, cdbaby.com, iTunes and other outlets. Video Directed by Rick Ernst Produced by Streetlight Circus Mixed by Bob St.
Sleazy Way Out:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada sleaze rockers Sleazy Way Out consisting of frontman Stacey Sleaze, guitarist Cleve, bassist Xavier and drummer Joey Boucher will be playing the M-Pre Party for the first time on April 30, 2020. Sleazy Way Out will be releasing their sophomore album Here Comes Trouble via Latvia based Sliptrick Records. on February 4, 2020, which is the follow up to their debut album Satisfy Me.
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Sleazy Way Out‘s concert at See-Scape Sci-Fi Bar & Gaming Café in Toronto, Ontario, Canada back on August 21, 2018:
“For those who don’t know, Sleazy Way Out play a sort of mixture (to my ears) of early Mötley Crüe / Cinderella type songs. The band members do not know this but their debut album Satisfy Me was going to make it onto the (which only came out until July 2015 — I know it was late!) until I realized that the album was released in early 2015 disqualifying it from that year end list. Accordingly, no need to say that I was excited to see the band play live. Unfortunately, the sound seemed a bit muffled so it was a little bit difficult to make out the songs at the beginning. It seemed that the sound issues got better towards the mid-point of Sleazy Way Out‘s set. Although the group is working on its sophomore album and now signed to Sliptick Records, they ended up playing a set comprised of nine of the ten songs from their debut album along with a cover of a song that needs no introduction — Guns N’ Roses‘ “You Could Be Mine.””
Sleazy Way Out‘s “Born To Booze” video:
click here for more stuff from Sleazy Way Out http://igg.me/at/sleazywayoutalbum/x/4902685 promo clip for Born To Booze footage taken from our opening set april 10 with Faster Pussycat
North Carolina rockers Pröwess consisting of lead vocalist Dalton Bowes, guitarists Scott Roby and Curly Staples, bassist Kenny Mange and drummer Brandon Chinn will be making their M-Pre Party debut on April 30, 2020. The group will be releasing its debut full-length album Blacktop Therapy on January 4, 2020. Pröwess previously released the EPs Headfirst (2017) and Roll’n With The Punches (2018). Roby was previously part of the band 21st Century Goliath who released two albums — Radio Destroyer (2012) which landed the #7 spot on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2012 and Back With A Vengeance (2014). Bowes was part of the final 21st Century Goliath line-up before the band was put to rest in 2016.
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Roll’n With The Punches: “Roll’n With The Punches contains six tracks and runs for 32 minutes, which is quite impressive in itself. Five of the tracks are live recordings from the band’s show at The Maywood in Raleigh, North Carolina on the 3rd of March 2018, with three being brand new songs and two being off the previously mentioned Headfirst EP. The inclusion of three brand new songs is an interesting scenario as I would have thought that most bands would save those for a new studio release. However, it is their inclusion that really adds appeal to Roll’n With The Punches as we can experience how much the band has grown and expanded its songwriting craft since its debut. The final track, also from Headfirst, has been reworked and presented in an acoustic format.”
Sleaze Roxx later indicated in its review: “Ultimately, I was not expecting much from Roll’n With The Punches when it was labeled as being a live recording, even though I had enjoyed the band’s Headfirst EP. I couldn’t have been more wrong in my expectation. I will be the first to admit that I might have to reassess my stance on live albums because I was completely blown away by the quality of Roll’n With The Punches. Saying that however, the live aspect has clearly been cleaned up in the studio to produce a more polished product for the market. Traces of audience noise and applause are left to the starts and ends of songs, and occasionally during breakdowns. For me though, that is fine. It doesn’t take away from the fact that the foundation of the recording is live with overdubs and studio refinement only enhancing the experience. Most bands do that these days anyway.
Pröwess‘ “Lookin’ For A Bullet” video:
Official music video for “Lookin’ for a Bullet” performed by Pröwess. ©2019. Song is available now on all platforms. “Lookin’ for a Bullet” is the second single from the upcoming full-length debut studio album, due late 2019. Produced by Tuk Smith.
Pink Velvet Krush:
About a year and a half ago, Pink Velvet Krush announced that they were reforming. The group features Tigertailz USA lead vocalist Doug Savage, former BulletBoys drummer Ryche Green and ex-Britny Fox guitarist Greg Polcari along with ex-MotoRage guitarist Sean Quidgeon and new bassist Kevin Sevyn. The group recently released a seven-song album titled Nothin’ To Lose.
Pink Velvet Krush‘s “Biography” on their Facebook page indicates in part (with slight edits): “With an impressive resume that includes; World tours, U.S. and European tours, The Vans Warped Tour, recording on Christina Aguilera’s remix of “Car Wash” from the movie “A Shark’s Tale“, opened or direct supported just about every national band there is, plus sold out venues across the nation, and a slew of tribute projects to boot, the members in Pink Velvet Krush exploded on to the scene in late 2014 and established the group as a rock and roll force to be reckoned with. Pink Velvet Krush quickly built a fan base just after announcing the project, then recorded and released two tracks (‘Ball and Chain’ and ‘One Shot’), offering them for free to their fans.
Industry feedback of Pink Velvet Krush has been so overwhelming that the band was able to complete a short run of tour dates from August to November in 2014; including festival performances.”
Pink Velvet Krush‘s “Fifth Shades of Anything” lyric video:
Uploaded by pink velvet krush on 2019-07-13.
The Midnight Devils:
Last but not least are The Midnight Devils who will be returning for a second consecutive year to the M-Pre Party. The Omaha, Nebraska, USA based rockers consist of Sam Spade on lead vocals and bass, Chris “Sniper” Hineline on guitar and Jimmy Mess on drums.
The Midnight Devils‘ “Story” on their Facebook page indicates (with slight edits):
“The Midnight Devils are a high energy glam slam boogie woogie rock n roll band out of Omaha, NE. It’s unique and it’s unpredictable, and it’s Glam Rock like you’ve never seen it before! A little bit punk, a little bit rock n roll, mixed with a whole lot of attitude. The Midnight Devils are Sniper on lead guitar, Sam Spade on bass and vocals, and the indestructible Jimmy Mess behind the drum kit. These bad boys are here to have a good time, so if you want to party, then get on board.
On July 13th 2018, The Midnight Devils independently released their debut album, “Something Bigger” featuring the singles “Pink Halo” and “Generation Durt.” Out on the road constantly over the last year and half in support of this new album, The Midnight Devils have toured nationally in the United States as well as performed at the 2018 Rocklahoma Music Festival. This isn’t for the faint of heart, they’re not pretty boys, they say bad words, they wear more makeup than your girlfriend, and they’re pants are tighter than a frogs ass. Not recommended for normal people… but for those of you wild animals that like to walk on the wild side and get a little weird…. The Midnight Devils might be just what you’ve been waiting for. Nothing even comes close.”
The Midnight Devils‘ “Generation Durt” lyric video:
The Midnight Devils – “Generation Durt” iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/something-bigger/1401071158 Google Play : https://play.google.com/music/m/Bj3ai3kfb4iyc7rgdsmvw6ej2fi?t=Something_Bigger_-_The_Midnight_Devils Amazon : CDbaby : http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheMidnightDevils New Album “Something Bigger” available now. Official Site – www.themidnightdevils.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/themidnightdevils.com Instagram – www.instagram.com/the_midnight_Devils