Who? They may rely heavily on the Sunset Strip for lyrical fodder and musical swagger, but Crash Kelly hail from the decidedly less seedy city of Toronto, Canada. Sean Kelly (lead vocals/guitar), once a session musician and finalist for Guitar Player magazine’s Guitar Hero 2005 competition, thrust himself into the spotlight with the help of Allister Thompson (guitar/vocals), Jordan Michael Stewart (bass/vocals), and Kevin Taylor (drums/cowbell).
What’s the Deal? To say Crash Kelly were inspired by glam rockers like Thin Lizzy, Kiss, and T-Rex for Electric Satisfaction would be a gross understatement. Produced by former Guns n’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, Electric Satisfaction is an electric guitar solo-laden ode to sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll. Lead single “Ride the Wire” opens in classic ’80s rock form: A drum solo leads into heavy-loaded electric guitar thrashing, and, after a series of muffled whoah whoah chants, Kelly delivers his list of demands with “Give me drugs / Give me action / Give me electric satisfaction.”
Fun Fact: “I named Crash Kelly after my deceased uncle, Orville ‘Crash’ Kelly,” Kelly told SPIN.com. “[He was] a professional hockey player in the ’50s.” ALYSSA RASHBAUM
Now Hear This: Crash Kelly – “Ride The Wire”(Download MP3)
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On the Web: www.crashkelly.ca