Spotlight on Sleazy Slimey Sunday featuring Ted Poley on May 1, 2016
On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Brad Lee Entertainment will be presenting the first ever Sleazy Slimey Sunday featuring the legendary Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley as well as Kickin Valentina, Korupt, The Fifth and Last Call Messiahs at the Cancun Cantina in Hanover, Maryland, USA.
For the eighth straight year, the M3 Rock Festival will be held in Columbia, Maryland and this time on April 29 and 30, 2016. For the last seven years including for this year’s edition, an event entitled M-Pre Party has been held the day prior to the M3 Rock Festival commencing. Now, there is an event as well for people to attend the day after the M3 Rock Festival entitled Sleazy Slumzy Sunday.
Tickets for the first ever Sleazy Slimey Sunday can be purchased via Eventbrite.
Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley headlines this year’s inaugural edition of Sleazy Slimey Sunday. Poley is of course best known for being Danger Danger‘s frontman during the group’s heyday in the late ’80s / early ’90s when they released their first three albums consisting of the self-titled debut album in 1989, the Down And Dirty Live EP in 1990 and Screw It! in 1991. Poley was fired from Danger Danger in 1993 but rejoined the group in 2004. Danger Danger released their studio album Cockroach in 2001 which had the distinction of featuring the tracks recorded with Poley prior to him being fired in 1993 along with the same tracks but sung by his replacement Paul Laine. Danger Danger released one more studio album entitled Revolve with Poley at the helm in 2009. Poley has released two solo albums consisting of Collateral Damage in 2006 and Smile in 2007. He has a new solo album entitled Beyond The Fade which will be released on May 13, 2016.
Sleaze Roxx interviewed Poley back in August 2011 and the singer was asked whether it is hard getting people to come out to shows in these days of YouTube videos. Poley stated: “…there is nothing like a live show. People like to come out and have a few beers and smell the band. I don’t think anything will ever replace a live show. It’s just so expensive to tour and I’m intimately familiar with that because every time I get a gig offer somewhere it’s thousands of dollars to fly the band before you even pay the band and I’m last in line because it’s my business. It’s real expensive these days and you can’t charge as much as you would like because of recessionary times. I’d rather charge less and have more people. There is nothing like charging a lot and having a thin crowd — that is no vibe. So I’d rather charge a little less, as long as we can cover our asses and not lose money — no one wants to lose money at work. I don’t think anyone wants to go to their day job and every Friday have to give the boss a paycheck. It’s a lot like this business. I’ll give you my secret of how do you make a million dollars in the music business? Start with 2 million (laughs).”
Kickin Valentina are based out of Atlanta, Georgia, USA and released two EPs, Kickin Valentina (2013) and Super Atomic (2015), before signing with Danish label Mighty Music/Target Group who combined both of the EPs into one full-length album release in November 2015.
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Kickin Valentina‘s self-titled debut EP: “No words could describe how much potential Kickin Valentina display on this EP. The Europeans may have a stranglehold on the cantankerous sleaze genre, but Kickin Valentina give us all hope that the scene is capable of surviving, and even thriving, in America. After hearing these five songs expectations will be extremely high for the band’s next collection of tunes.”
Sleaze Roxx opined as follows in its review of Kickin Valentina‘s sophomore EP Super Atomic: “The songs on Kickin Valentina‘s Super Atomic show that there will always be a place for well played sleazy rock and also prove that the south east portion of the U.S.A. is ready and poised to give Sweden a run for its money in terms of where the best sleaze rock bands emanate from these days.”
Baltimore, Maryland, USA rock cover band Korupt will also be part of the inaugural edition of Sleazy Slimey Sunday. Korupt was formed by singer Sean McCall, drummer Karl Reichenbach and bassist Dave Beall in 1982 and have endured numerous line-up changes. Tragedy befell the band last year as their lead singer McCall died in March 2015. Korupt decided to forge ahead with their M3 Rock Festival appearance in May 2015 as the band announced: ”After suffering yet a second devastating loss, the longest consistently running metal band in Maryland history has decided to forge on, and perform in honor of their founding band mate, and lead singer Sean (McCall) McAuliffe, at this years’ M3 Rock Festival held at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD on Friday, May 1st, 2015… The loss of Sean McCall and Louie Tonson (2009) has weighed heavy in the hearts of everyone. The core members will be joined by guitarist Robby Anderson who has over ten years in, guitarist Jeff Barnosky who has almost six years in, and long time friend and roadie, Buddy Zappa will be fronting this heavy metal quintet.”
Sleaze Roxx caught Korupt‘s performance at the M3 Rock Festival on May 1, 2015 and stated the following in its review: “I was able to identify half of the songs that Korupt played, namely Megadeth‘s “Symphony Of Destruction”, Accept‘s “Balls To The Wall” and Judas Priest‘s “Electric Eye”. At the end of the day, I enjoyed the songs that Korupt played and temporary fill in lead vocalist Buddy Zappa did a good job for what I understand was his first gig with the band.”
The Fifth are based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA and although the group was founded back in 2001, it has yet to apparently be featured on Sleaze Roxx. The North Carolina rockers lists their influences as “Over the top rock & metal from the 70s, 80s, 90s, & present!” on their Facebook page. The group is managed by Head First Entertainment.
The Fifth‘s “Artist Bio” on their Reverbnation page states in part (with slight edits): “Fayetteville, NC: Home to Ft. Bragg, strip clubs, tattoo shops, pawn shops, and The Fifth. Formed in 2001 by former Cold Sweat (MCA) vocalist Roy Cathey, The Fifth have built a strong and feverish following by touring the East coast relentlessly and by giving the people exactly what they want – a Hell of a good time, every time.
With music featured in television ads for The Voice – Season 4 (NBC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Nikita – Season 3 (CW), and Dodge Ram (FOX), a 2-week Japanese tour, a Top 10 single (“The Gift”) on WVRK-FM Rock 103 Columbus, GA, and a Monster Energy sponsorship, The Fifth caught the attention of a Nashville, TN-based management company. With new management on board, the band quickly secured a deal with EMG/Universal. The label released The Fifth‘s “Confession Of Man” in July of 2009.
The Fifth have shared bills with Nickelback, Hinder, Staind, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust, Cold, NonPoint, Saliva, Hoobastank, Filter, Drowning Pool, Crossfade, CC DeVille, Finger Eleven, Cavo, Black Stone Cherry, Rev Theory, Queensryche, Saving Abel, Jackyl, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Great White, Warrant, Blue Oyster Cult, and more. Current product endorsements include Peavey, Knucklehead Strings, Saperstein Guitar Co., Coffin Case Co., and Hotone.”
Last but not least is the North Carolina band known as Last Call Messiahs.
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Last Call Messiahs‘ self-titled debut EP which was released back in December 2014: “Think sleaze meets punk meets metal meets a whole of attitude and you have the Last Call Messiahs down to a T — not unlike a cross between Faster Pussycat and L.A. Guns. The North Carolina band’s self-titled EP may only have four songs but they are all chock-full of attitude and swagger, while everything about the debut screams sleaze. Last Call Messiahs‘ debut EP is a good example of less being more. Rather than offering a few too many songs, with the chance that one might end up being a dud, these newcomers only deliver four fantastic slabs of sleaze that I could listen to all day long. Every time I think I’ve nailed down my favorite song on this EP, I listen to the next track and change my mind.”
Last Call Messiahs‘ debut EP went on to land the number nine spot on Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2014. Sleaze Roxx stated in that regard: “Released during the last month of 2014, this gem of an EP would have surely been overlooked had Last Call Messiahs not been hand picked to play at the M-Pre Party in Columbia, Maryland of this year. Judging by some of the new songs that the band played at the M-Pre Party in April 2015, Last Call Messiahs may well be able to record a worthy follow up to their stellar self-titled debut EP.”
Sleaze Roxx had the opportunity to catch Last Call Messiahs at the aforementioned M-Pre Party on April 30, 2015 and stated in its concert review of the event: “Last Call Messiahs sounded great and I particularly liked lead guitarist Jeff Young‘s guitar playing which wasn’t flashy or flamboyant but melodic and well played. The band played a few more new songs, “Amen To Alcohol” and “Innocent”, which I really liked and hope make it onto the band’s next record.” Sleaze Roxx went on to conclude, “…Last Call Messiahs closed off their set in rocking fashion and have come a very long way in a very short amount of time considering that the band is only in existence since last year. This is definitely a band to watch out for in the future.”