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Prima Donna

Rock

Los Angeles CA

4154

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A five-man high-energy machine, Prima Donna have only been on the scene for four years, yet in that time have knocked out over 400 shows, nearly a third of which were overseas. In 2009 the band supported Green Day for two months in the U.K. and Europe in sold-out arenas. In 2010 Green Day brought back Prima Donna for two weeks in five countries in Asia. Their live show is a whirlwind of color, energy, bravado, volume and an avalanche of catchy, sing-along choruses. Clearly inspired by early punk groups such as X-Ray Spex, the Ramones, and the Sex Pistols as well as ’70s glitter such as Mott the Hoople and David Bowie, the group’s sharp n’ concise songwriting sidesteps any notions of the group being “retro.” How retro can a group be if their average age is 23? All of this live excitement and excellence caught the eyes and ears of Acetate Records, who in the past have had the good taste to issue music by such artists as The Hangmen, Throw Rag, Jackson United, The Black Halos and Nine Pound Hammer. Prima Donna’s Acetate debut, After Hours, is a ten-song collection of all-original, driving Rock n’ Roll. Song’s like “Soul Stripper” and “Demoted” openly defy you to sit still, arranged to cause maximum sonic damage. Combining thick, rhythm guitars with stinging lead lines, the sound is explosive, propelled by ceaseless forward motion, yet never is melody sacrificed. Solos never noodle or shred - whether taken by Kevin (of Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs) on guitar or Aaron on sax and keyboards, they are as soulful and melodic as the songs they support. Up front and center, Kevin proves to be the man of the hour, singing in a strong tenor that is at once sultry and swaggering, clear and unaffected. The group proved to be as at home in the studio as they are on the road. Co-producing the album with Messiaz (Eddie Spaghetti, Neila, Monique Powell, Ladykillers), the band’s pure vision of what Rock n’ Roll is permeates every track. Muscular riffs, to-the-point lyrics, killer licks, songs that get themselves over with in under three minutes - it ain’t a formula if you’re living it. These guys live it, all year ‘round, on the road, in the studio, in the street. *** Prima Donna has shared the stage with such notable acts as Green Day, Turbonegro, the Sonics, the Zeros, the Boys, the Weirdos, Sylvain Sylvain & Cheetah Chrome’s Batusis, Angry Samoans, Backyard Babies, Steel Panther, the Skulls, Duane Peters, Eddie & the Hot Rods, Glen Matlock, the Vibrators, the Fuzztones, the Phenomenauts, the Joneses, Josie Cotton, Anti-Nowhere League, Texas Terri, the Undertones, the Muffs, the Stranglers, MU330, the Subhumans, Sham 69, UK Subs, Andre Williams, Charged GBH, the Rezillos, TV Smith, the Avengers, Lower Class Brats, the Business, 20/20, Chelsea, Guana Batz, the Briefs, the Exploited, Toyah, 999, the Pointed Sticks, the Mau-Mau’s, Demented Are Go, Stza Crack, the Polecats, the Electric Prunes, Nikki Corvette, Rikk Agnew, the Gears, the Humpers, Girl In A Coma, the Dragons, Electric Frankenstein, Razor Dolls, the Stitches, and the Bellrays.

Time

Friday March 18

12:20AM

Venue

Black & Tan

21+

405 E 7th St

Online

www.primadonnarocks.com

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