Punk Rock Night: The Cheats, Kill City, The Scratch n' Sniffs, Rat Trap

Punk Rock Night: The Cheats, Kill City, The Scratch n' Sniffs, Rat Trap

Fri · June 23, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

The Southgate House Revival-Revival Room

$5.00

This event is 18 and over

Punk Rock Night
Punk Rock Night
The Cheats
The Cheats
Formed in the winter of 2001 out of necessity, The Cheats decided to create the kind of band that was lacking in the city – an old-fashioned, late-70’s-style punk rock ‘n roll band. Led by vocalist Todd Porter (aka Todd Cheat - former frontman of Silver Tongued Devil and Eviction), The Cheats have logged many miles on tour, adopting the DIY punk attitude that is crucial to the scene. Now on their second full-length, /Life’s Short…/, The Cheats continue the pillage, leaving nothing in their wake but empty beer bottles and cigarette burns… just like they had always intended to.

The sound of The Cheats is pure rock ‘n roll, tailor-made for beer baths, shout-alongs, and the inevitable purge after a long, hard night of drinking. Ready to provoke such behavior are tracks like the surging "No Time" or the catchy "I Don’t" and the raucous "Endless Vacation." Not wanting to waste any time, these two-minute bullets of hooks and blazing chords are built to destroy live, and they do just that.

With Porter’s grizzled and gnarly vocals leading the way along with Wez and Eric Wrecker’s dirty power chords, The Cheats bust out a few fun covers, including "Surrender" by Cheap Trick and "Hanging On The Telephone" by Blondie. Both renditions are faithful and pure, showing these punk vets have more in them than reckless abandon. The band also tackles a little known gem written by Demolition 23 which featured Little Steven (Bruce Springsteen) and Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) called "Hammersmith Palais."

This kind of no-frills, no bullshit punk rock is hard to find these days, as The Cheats have become one of the last ambassadors of a sound that has been overrun with wannabes and scenesters. These ambassadors of the punk creed plan on spreading this gospel of infectious fury to anyone willing to listen, most notably, those who don’t know any better.

A breath of fresh air that happens to smell like stale beer, cigarettes, and dirty sex, The Cheats will be around a lot longer than any of these punk and EMO poseurs will. You need this. You know you do.
Kill City
Kill City
Kill City was formed in the summer of 2004 by Johnny SeX, Kevin Apgar, Rick Three, Turbo and Greg Beale. The band has an in your face style and approach that combines several different influences such as '77 style punk, 70’s glam, '80s sleaze and blues based rock n roll resulting in an absolutely explosive live show. They quickly rose to prominence making a huge dent in the local/regional Ohio scene releasing their own four song EP titled "Destroy All Whitebelts" (which sold out almost immediately) and have opened for such notable national and international acts as The Bronx, Electric Frankenstein, The BellRays, The Biters, Broken Teeth, American Dog and Gito Gito Hustler to name a select few.

Locally, the band has been featured in magazines like CityBeat and CinWeekly, and were featured on the cover of CityBeat recognized as a co-headliner for Cincinnati’s biggest and longest running punk festival, Cincy Punk Fest. In 2006 Kill City were proudly nominated for best punk artist at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. The band were also featured in the well respected UK based Classic Rock Magazine and were handpicked by none other than Sleazegrinder himself to be included on the accompanying compilation titled "Sons of Guns" which contained original songs from several modern day artists who were strongly influenced by Guns N' Roses. The band has since released a self financed debut disc in 2008 titled "I’ll Keep Telling The Same Lie… ...One Day You’ll Believe It."

That release contained 7 songs full of hooks and hard hitting guitar laden rock and roll featuring Rick Three as the main vocalist.

As time passed, personnel changes were endured and after the untimely passing of late drummer Jason May, Kill City decided to take a necessary hiatus but returned again in late 2014 with a new lineup consisting of the return of Johnny SeX to front the band, Kevin Apgar still at the guitar spot, Sean Rokken once again claiming the drum throne and new member but longtime friend Sean Sleaze manning the bass slot and just in time for a second CEA nod. In 2015, Nato Halley replaced Sean Sleaze and the band continues to consistently separate themselves as cold blooded sonic assassins. Kill City is poised for yet another thrill ride on their own Rock n' Rollercoaster. Jump on, strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
The Scratch n' Sniffs
The Scratch n' Sniffs
Pittsburgh-based punk rock band .
Rat Trap
Rat Trap
Cincinnati Street Punk
Venue Information:
The Southgate House Revival-Revival Room
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
http://www.southgatehouse.com/