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Craving Strange, pure rock and roll.

Craving Strange, pure rock and roll.

    There is much that’s really strange about Craving Strange. This foursome from Amityville is original and pure rock and roll with enough energy to power the CERN Supercollider. The band is road tested and has a lot of success under their belt and has survived the business far longer than most original bands do. Having worked with the likes of Rob Jacobs (Weezer, the Eagles), John Moyer (Disturbed), and have performed with bands like Flogging Molly, Puddle of Mudd, Patent Pending, Queensryche, Brand New and been featured between Buckcherry and Bon Jovi at the Bamboozled festival, the band is well seasoned and tight.
     The music of Craving Strange is aggressive and hard hitting. Marked by catchy guitar riffs and memorable hooks, the sound is a classic rock lovers dream come true. This band brings that raw testosterone of bands like Guns & Roses or Rage Against the Machine into the 21st century. Although they run on balls and sweat, there is maturity in the writing that you don’t find much of anymore.
     What sets Craving Strange apart most is the power and tone in the vocals of Jimmy G. On one occasion I saw the band play Pat Benetar’s Love Is a Battlefield in the record key and the vocals were every bit as powerful as Benetar herself, perhaps more, considering the voltage supplied by the band.
    Seeing the band live is exhilarating and refreshing. They clearly take what they do seriously but deliver it all with a sense of humor and fun and recall the true spirit of rock and roll.
     In a time where so much music is manufactured and created with studio tricks and gimmicks, Strange is pure what-you-see-is-what-you-get performance. If you love rock, you have to appreciate when a four piece band sounds the same live as they do on record and without and technology hiding behind the scenes. These guys bring it live just as they do in the studio.
     With six collections of original to date, their latest release is Careful Of The Landmines, a six song EP that leaves you wanting more. If you like to rock and miss the time when real rocks bands inhabited the Earth, this EP is for you. You won’t find strings and horns or lots of fancy backing vocals on a CS recording but you will find honest to goodness rock made 100% by human hands.
     Like most bands that have endured, Strange has had to deal with personnel changes along the way. The inevitable outcome of being in the music business and trying to have a semi-normal life is that some players won’t be there for the long haul. The current lineup consists of founder, Jimmy G. on vocals and guitar, Frank “Junior” Guertin on lead guitar, Jimi Tassone on drums and Chris Monte on bass.
     The music of Strange can be heard on over 100 radio stations across the country. Look forward to more good things from this band. Find them at cravingstrange.net.

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