As always there’s lots happening on the local music scene, including two things that longtime followers of the scene will really appreciate: A new Pistoleros release and a reunion show from the much-beloved rock band Kaiser. Here’s the scoop!
Pistoleros are one of the main groups, along with the Gin Blossoms and a couple others, who were the creators of the “Mill Avenue sound” that put Tempe and the greater Phoenix scene on the national radar back in the early ‘90s (the late Doug Hopkins, once a member of the Gin Blossoms, was a founding member of Pistoleros precursor group the Chimeras). The guys have been together for more than 20-years now and since they haven’t put out new music for quite a while, this show is a really big deal as it marks the beginning of a new era as Pistoleros move towards a 25th anniversary. The new album is called Shine, it is released by vibrant Phoenix-based label Fervor Records, and the cover fee of $10 includes a copy of the CD. Opening will be the Father Figures and Gunzawless.
The Bret in question here is none other than Bret Kaiser, front man for one of the most popular rock bands that was on the scene from the mid-‘80s until about 1991. Kaiser played rock joints like the (now defunct) Mason Jar and never failed to fill the house with screaming fans. Bret is now leading an Elvis tribute band called Bret Kaiser’s Speedway but he’s put Kaiser back together for this special birthday show that’ll also feature Matrix, League of Zeros Band and Arizona’s very own KISS tribute band, KISS Alive.
Score a two-fer this evening and hear brand new music from a couple of the area’s best up-and-coming bands. The Smoke Bombs are Phoenix-based punk rockers with a sound influenced by groups like Social Distortion and their debut CD is self-titled and released on local label AZPX Records. No Volcano, also from Phoenix, are an alt-rock band who record for Onus Records and their new one is called Who Saved the Party. The album has already yielded a single in the form of “New York Drugstore” for which the band has also made a video. This show is an all-ages event and will also feature the Father Figures, Scorpion vs. Tarantula and Poolside Sacrifice.