Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond, has changed the face of music forever. Tragedy takes your favorite Bee Gees, disco and soft-rock classics and reinvents them in a Heavy Metal fashion. The result is aural ecstasy. You may enter the Tragedy experience unaware of your latent appreciation for gooey soft rock or flamboyant metal, but you shall emerge forever humbled by the greatness of Tragedy (and covered in glitter!).
Tragedy has decimated venues like Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl and Terminal 5 in
their hometown of NYC, as well as those in far-away lands such as London, Glasgow, Disneyland, Austin, Boston, DC, Tampa and Guilfest (with Motorhead).
Tragedy has released two critically acclaimed albums: We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong and Humbled By Our Greatness. Production for their third, Death to False Disco-Metal, is underway.
“Tragedy manage to dwell in the realm of novelty while far exceeding their worth as a concept . . . the aesthetic is somewhere in between the flamboyance of the disco-era Bee Gees and the flamboyance of mid-eighties hair metal, with some extra flamboyance thrown in for the sake of flamboyance.”
If you believe early predictions that rock & roll will be this years' hip-hop, then Supagroup might just do for the genre what OutKast have done for Seventies funk."
Getting the guys from Supagroup to settle into a serious conversation is a next to impossible task. Try asking them what inspires them to write. "We only sing about what's close to our hearts, things that we think matter and will have an impact in a troublesome world such as ours," replies lead singer Chris Lee. "Screwing, rocking and drinking. Or drugging. Depending on the day."
Sometimes, however, you wonder, "Are they joking or are they totally serious?"
But why does it matter? If the gang puts ballsy passion and fiery focus into their bombastic rock and roll revivalism, who cares if their senses are sometimes out of commission?
Supagroup is an organization with sibling-tight solidarity, insanely unbelievable stories (you'll have to ask them directly, since many are too over-the-top to put in here) and one of the most raucous, riotous and raunchy rock motifs of our time. It's an outfit first formed around Anchorage, Alaska in 1996 by its two figureheads. "We were kind of crazy and weirdly driven back then because our mother is a Pentacostal preacher who didn't let us have rock records," explains Chris's brother and lead guitarist Benji Lee. "We had to hide 'em. So, of course, what do we do? We moved to Sin City (a.k.a. New Orleans) as soon as we got the chance and now play in a rock band that travels around the country, corrupting unsuspecting kids. Needless to say, Momma ain't proud."
When the two bros got to the Big Easy, they added Leif Swift on bass and Michael Brueggen on drums in 1998. Together, they hit the road hard for the next half decade building up a grassroots fan base opening up for the likes of Fu Manchu, Queens of the Stone Age, Supersuckers and Drive-By Truckers.
"The road takes away all the bullshit with your songs," Chris relates.. "Our only philosophy was (and is) to be the best fucking band in the world, and if you don't like it, fuck off. The door's in the back, cause we're going out there to blow the roof off."
Sensing something rather huge and powerful brewing in the bowels of Bourbon Street, Foodchain Records rummaged through the sexshops, beer kiosks, and Mardi Gras beads and swooped up the group in 2002, spawning the subsequent year's self-titled debut over which fans fawned and critics cooed. Tangerine Magazine proclaimed, "This is the CD of the year by the greatest rock and roll band in these fifty great states. Amen." While Rolling Stone lauded, "a shaking, stirring cocktail with a real rocket-queen kick".
"It's not like the reviews helped us sell that many more records," Benji interrupts. "I mean the sales came from fans falling in love with us and wanting to sleep with us after shows But hey, we've got a new record that's rocks even harder, so who gives a shit about the one before? People are loving this one already. Think of it as the soundtrack to our lives
Bambi's record “Bad News In a Party Dress” is a gargantuan exploration of love and loss, intricately constructed with tweezers and sledge hammers, delivered with a deliciously lethal dose of irony, wit and humor. The band is Kevin Townley, Hanna Cheek (both of the award winning Waterwell Theatre ensemble), Jimmie Marlowe, Tobi Parks, and Cara Jeiven. Described as being "...full of Bowie style and corsets and stage presence,” the band has become known for their elaborate stage theatrics and captivating live performances. No, bambï is not just another rock band. They are an experience. So take a few deep breaths and prepare yourself for what awaits. Those with heart, back or neck problems and those under 38 inches tall, rock at your own discretion!