John Reis Returns!
And not a moment too soon...
Kingblind is reporting that John Reis of Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, etc. etc., is returning from his self-imposed hiatus with a new band called Speedo. In addition to Reis, the band features Hot Snakes' Jason Kourkounis and Gar Wood and well as Tommy Kitsos of CPC Gangbangs (never heard of 'em).
As you might expect given the band name, Reis stated on the Swami message board that the band will sound like bits and pieces of all of his previous bands. Specifically:
"The sound is a combination of everything I've been a part of dating back to my prepubescent days in Pitchfork. Similar to Hot Snakes but not as sinister yet still maintaining some of the drama and subsonic boom. Akin to the rockin' fun of RFTC but without the same kind of riffery. Like the Sultans but not as straightforward yet still maintaining the sense of melody and pop of the 2nd record. Occassional nods to the Flamin' Groovies, Real Kids, Byrds, boogie rock era Status Quo, Bo Diddley, Chess Records in general, Wipers, Michael Yonkers and Shuggie Otis are evident to me."
The band is apparently recording an album and will be performing at Reis' new bar in San Diego sometime this month. Can't wait to hear some music from 'em.