Famous Underground - Cracking The Surface - BW&BK

FAMOUS UNDERGROUND - Cracking The Surface

By Carl Begai (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles)

Pegging the Famous Underground sound in print isn't an easy task by any means. Calling the band sleaze rock in accordance to Walsh's Slik Toxik roots is a disservice, and full-on metal they're not (although the band's live covers of MEGADETH's 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying' and MOTÖRHEAD's 'Ace Of Spades' proves they can indeed pull it off). The international hard rock/metal press has jumped on the Famous Underground debut, and while opinions on the highs and lows of the record may vary, it's been acknowledged across the board that the band does a fine job of walking the line between traditional and something gritty and new.

"One thing I can say about Famous Underground's sound and live performance... I grew up listening to bands like METALLICA and Queensryche, who definitely weren't singing about partying and getting laid. But, I was in a band that was partying and getting laid, so I think we've taken some of the influences from my early years and sort of amalgamated them with my Slik Toxik past. We're like that bridge between Metallica and Guns N' Roses and ALICE IN CHAINS."

Judging by the aforementioned reviews, Europe is prepared to embrace Famous Underground if and when they travel across the pond to do some roadwork. With a European record deal and management in place it's more than just a pipe dream. In fact, equally unique fellow Canucks DANKO JONES - who have a similar set-up - have enjoyed playing stages big and small across Europe for years. [ read full interview ]