Punk Rock Night: The Undead (Feat. Bobby Steele of The Misfits), Tommy Grit & The Pricks, The Vigodas, The Letdowns

Punk Rock Night: The Undead (Feat. Bobby Steele of The Misfits), Tommy Grit & The Pricks, The Vigodas, The Letdowns

Fri · August 25, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Southgate House Revival-Revival Room

$8.00

This event is 18 and over

Punk Rock Night
Punk Rock Night
The Undead (Feat. Bobby Steele of The Misfits)
The Undead (Feat. Bobby Steele of The Misfits)
It’s 2017

The Undead’s newest record “The Morgue… The Merrier” is in stores nationwide, and after 35 Plus years of bringing their style of punk rock to fans worldwide there is no sign of letting up. 2016 was a great year for the band; and one of the highlights of the year was sharing a Double-Headline gig with Japan’s Shonen Knife.

The current line-up includes Bobby Steele (guitar/vocals), Diana Steele (keys/guitar/vocals), Jason Fresta (bass/vocals) Johnny James Gatyas (bass/vocals) and Joe Stoker (drums).

THE UNDEAD is currently back in the recording studio, working on an upcoming EP, while making plans for Spring/Summer tours.



Always The Misfit
1972-1980

In January 1981, the Lower East Side was one of New York City’s most dangerous, drug infested neighborhoods…a forgotten and long neglected slum. But something was about to happen that would ultimately rocket this square mile of Hell to international prominence in the art world, and change it forever.

That “something” was the debut performance of a new band, THE UNDEAD, formed by Bobby Steele, the famously exiled guitarist of New York’s most notorious and violent punk band, THE MISFITS. Bobby had been relegated to finding THE UNDEAD a new venue after being blacklisted and banished from every established (reputable, that is) NYC nightclub because, he says, of a few “minor” indiscretions…like leaving Beatle John Lennon covered in vomit and the alleged “stabbing” of the younger brother of a popular TV star.

“Playing in THE MISFITS, and especially working alongside Glenn, definitely had an influence on both my approach to songwriting, as well as artistic design for posters and record covers. But it was mainly my own hard-work that helped me to push THE UNDEAD into prominence.”

The Undead Invasion
1980-1981

Bobby had moved to the Lower East Side two years earlier, and quickly became familiar with its desolate streets, where few outsiders dared to set foot…unless it was to buy heroin…or die tryin’. Always “The Misfit,” Bobby stood out in the neighborhood…a target of scorn for the deviant hoodlum locals who shouted racial epithets when they saw him. Bobby really didn’t have to work hard to establish a reputation among his neighbors…that crazy Gringo…driving his car on the sidewalks, walking the dark streets at night checking out the “hot” spots carrying a 6-foot long, hooked meat rack, and challenging dope dealers and cops alike.

“My music was heavily inspired by my experiences living in NYC’s East Village – from the drugs, to crime, and the desperation of poverty … though I generally chose to poke fun at these negative situations. I’ve always had a knack for laughing at my worst predicaments.”

The Birth of NYHC Scene
1980-1990

Bobby had noticed what appeared to be an old-fashioned “speakeasy” on the corner of Avenue A and East 7th Street…The A7 Club. So, after recording his new band’s first demo, he brought a copy to the club’s owner, and convinced him to book them for a Friday night gig. On January 31, 1981 THE UNDEAD debuted to a packed house.

Thanks to some creative, aggressive promotion, the small venue was overwhelmed by the 80 paying punks who came to see THE UNDEAD…and what they witnessed that Friday night was the birth of the New York Hardcore Punk scene! In time, the NYHC Scene had grown…festered…into what is now the EAST VILLAGE…recognized as one of the leading tourist destinations in the world.

“My strategy in THE UNDEAD differed from THE MISFITS, because I had the say in how things were run for THE UNDEAD, while my ideas were regularly brushd aside in THE MISFITS. So, with THE UNDEAD I was able to do all the things THE MISFITS had scoffed at. I was right, since THE UNDEAD accomplished more in our first six months than THE MISFITS had acomplished in the previous 4 years.”

THE UNDEAD was the first band out of the NYHC scene to ink a recording contract with a prominent label…STIFF RECORDS…the seminal British punk record label that had launched the careers of THE DAMNED, MOTORHEAD, THE GO-GOs, ELVIS COSTELLO, and numerous legendary punk acts. Getting the label’s attention, in true Bobby Steele style, began by crashing a party at STIFF’S new Soho offices, and graffiti-ing every inch of available wall space. The result was that STIFF representatives went to see THE UNDEAD, opening for THE MISFITS at the RITZ on December 17, 1981…and immediately arranged to meet with the band and discuss a contract.
“Part of our tactic of getting signed at STIFF involved grafitti-ing our name all over their office, as well as our old catch phrase, I WANT YOU DEAD.”

The Indie Revolution
1990-2007

highres_7269137[1]THE UNDEAD would lay claim to numerous “firsts”…fighting oppressive forces every step of the way. Openly “blacklisted” by an industry that resents his strong will and sense of independence, Bobby has managed to operate on the fringes of the legitimate record industry. When he laid the groundwork for the “Indie Revolution” in the 1990s, Steele, the anger magnet, really provoked the bean counters at the majors…who he openly mocked.

One prominent industry insider told Bobby, “You are a phenomenon. That’s something we all agree on. We also have agreed that you will NEVER get a record deal.” Statements like this one would have led any sensible artist to give up…then and there. But Bobby is not always sensible…he chooses to do what he wants, and he accepted the comment as the badge of honor it was. He had shown the experts, and made a success of an album they all told him “sucked and would never sell.” On the day of its release, ACT YOUR RAGE sold out its first pressing of 6,000 units, and broke the 10,000 unit mark in under 8 months…while labels that had blown off the release were boasting that their best-selling title broke the 2,000 mark “after only 2 years.”

Today & Tomorrow
In 2007,

THE UNDEAD is still alive…outlasting nearly every one of their contemporaries, aside from the few lucky ones who managed to find success with a major label or Indie subsidiary. This was the year of the release of “Still UNDEAD After All These Years”, a 19-track collection of obscure 45s released since 2000.

It’s 2017,

The drugs and violence have been replaced with “ATTITUDE,” and Bobby is still the “Bad Boy of Rock ‘n Roll.” He’s demonstrated time after time that even bad boys can do good things…like make some of the finest Rock ‘n Roll since the day Elvis took off his blue suede shoes. For this Punk, “Never Say Die!” is not just a saying…it’s a way of life!
Tommy Grit & The Pricks
Tommy Grit & The Pricks
After a few year hiatus following the demise of True Grit, Tommy Grit is back w/ former fellow DropKickMeJesus alumni Paul & Styxxx to fuck shit up. Add in former Chiva Knievel guitarist Be Rad for some tasty leads. Mixing Redneck roots w/ old school Punk Rock-n-Roll, Tommy Grit & The Pricks are here to kick the door down and blow shit up! Their main goals are to have fun and be as loud as possible while doing so. Get ready people, 2015 the volume goes up to 11!!!
The Vigodas
The Vigodas
The Letdowns
The Letdowns
Formed in October of 2014, The Letdowns is comprised of two local Cincinnati bands. Total Dudes members, Kevin Evans and Pat Renner teamed up with Chiva Kneivel members and brothers, John Fay and Paul Fay to create a country-esque rock n roll supergroup. The group started off on fire writing song after song and very shortly were ready for the world to hear. Shortly after Paul Fay was forced to leave the band and in stepped lead guitar extroidanare Bradley Chapman (also of Chiva Kneivel). With Brad the bands sound immediatley started changing, into more of a heavy punk/rock n roll. Harmonies for days, pounding drums and bass, and solos that melt faces. Singing heart felt songs about drinking, women and the city we love, Cincinnati. The Letdowns, newest supergroup of the city and ready to change the world.
Venue Information:
The Southgate House Revival-Revival Room
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
http://www.southgatehouse.com/