Whether you call it hard rock, cock rock, melodic rock, pop-metal, glam or sleaze, Shotgun Alley can be named one of New Zealand's hottest rock bands to make their mark In the Kiwi Music Industry.
Shotgun Alley, formally known as Suicide Boulevard formed in late Janurary 2009 by Dave Wong and Scotty Rocker (the band's lead guitarist and drummer respectively). Summed up by Rocker "The name just reminded me of cowboy boots, girls, jack & rock n roll."
The band are based in Auckland, New Zealand and their intent is to reach not only a national, but global audience, with support from their new management, The Brat Agency.
Their dynamic sound can be described as a combination of music legends such as Guns N Roses, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper and Van Halen. (Josh Betty - bassist) says the bands sound comes from a diverse range of influences. "The formula for us is us. There's Robert James Kairua and Scotty Rocker who grew up with all the 80's rock/glam bands. Then there's Dave Wong and Bahador Borhani who are into a bit of everything from Westlife to heavy metal."
"My biggest inspiration towards our sound would be Skid Row, which came out the year I was born' I bring in a lot of heavy and melodic sounds." (Borhani - guitarist). Jimmy Wong brings his youthful pop influence into the mix, and "the songs just come out like that. But yeah our focus is the older sounding rock."
From all of these ecclectic musical influences comes a very unique sound, which is only enhanced by the collective band history, which includes: Streetwise Scarlet, False Start, Cold By Winter, Awaiting The Storm and Slide. Dave Wong from False Start history includes two album releases and various tours through out New Zealand and Australia. Scotty Rocker began his career as a tech, touring Europe with rock punk act Sommerset to return to join Auckland punk band Cold By Winter". Rocker then went on to launch pop rock band Streetwise Scarlet who had great success on both TV and radio in New Zealand.
Shotgun Alley is constantly developing their sound and technique, the band's different music backgrounds are evident in their sound and lyrics. "I think change in musical direction is really important. Not for others so much but for the guys playing the music. We would like the sound to mature for sure. Into what? Hard to know." Scotty Rocker.
Recently, Shotgun Alley supported Alice Cooper on his Theatre of Death tour performing in Auckland, New Zealand! Not bad for the Top 10 Most Viewed band on Myspace!
The band have been in Redbull Studios, recording their 1st single Look At Me Now, which is getting airplay on The Rock, and the video on A Rotate on Juice, and Select C4.
Having just got back from Los Angeles supporting Steel Panther and their own showcase at The Viper Room, Shotgun Alley are about to re-own the Sunset Strip!
Shotgun Alley is a modern day throwback to the seminal days of rock n roll on The Sunset Strip in the 80s and 90s and are part glam, part metal, part rock, part kick you in the teeth with an immediate round of shots of Jack Daniels to follow as if you were in the band yourself. If their electrifying performance at the legendary Viper Room last week on The Strip is just a hint of what is to come then I can attest that Shotgun Alley is exactly what the world at large needs. Thank you Shotgun Alley - let's blow a hole in this mother fuc**r - click clack - BOOM!
Sony Music Entertainment
Shotgun Alley gives a major dose of rock & roll that is part Guns, part Alice, part Motley and ALL Shotgun!!! It warms my heart to see the way these guys deliver the goods! They are Sunset Strip rock at its finest!
Rock Band Entertainment
If Airborne are today's answer to AC/DC Shotgun Alley are that to Motley Crue.
Their look, their attitude and most importantly, their sound is nothing short of awesome, two words spring to mind when I hear their debut single Look at me now .. and that's FUCK YEAH!
Pour me a whiskey on the rocks... throw me in the Delorean and lets head back to the forever awesome 1989 Sunset Strip music scene.
These dudes are here for bullshit free, kick yourself in the face GLAM ROCK.
My favourite kiwi band right now!! (and soon to be everyone's world wide!)
The Rock Network
Mark Falcon (vocals)
Scotty Rocker (drums)
Jimmy Wong (keyboards)
Josh Grant Betty (bass)
Bahador Borhani (guitar)
Davie Love (guitar)
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|6 Nov 2011|
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