ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES PRESENTS:
THE HARD DRiViNG SOUND OF WiNCHESTER REBELS
AND THEiR DEBUT CD THREE SHEETS TO THE WiND
JANUARY 25, 2012 - WINCHESTER REBELS were formed in August of 2009 in the unlikely musical hotbed of Santa Barbara, California. NICK HUNT (frontman/singer from well-regarded local band THE AWAKEND) had the idea of assembling a group whose sound would echo some of the great hard rock bands from the ‘90s, while encompassing an original sound all their own. While at a studio in Isla Vista, HUNT came upon NICK FITZGERALD - like himself a member of a popular local band (in this instance, BATTLESHIP GREY), who was also looking to expand his musical horizons. A phone call by FITZGERALD to Santa Ynez Valley childhood friend JAMES LONGORIA (guitar; formerly of the group GIANT SQUID SHOW) and BARRY CARTER (drummer; ex-FIFTY CENTS SHORT) completed this new and exciting ensemble.They chose to name the band WINCHESTER REBELS after a similarly-named canyon road in Goleta that shoots straight up into the beautiful California foothills. Fast forward a year into the project, WINCHESTER REBELS has played some great shows in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. One being most epic was playing for The Red Bull Grand Prix on Catalina Island. In the midst of assembling an ever-growing following, original member JOHN LIVERGOOD reluctantly exited the ‘band due to family commitments. A true friend to the end, LIVERGOOD quickly replaced himself in the WINCHESTER REBELS with JESSE BURRILL, (ex-WOODPECKERS FROM MARS). As a result, the band barely missed a beat, with the aforementioned lineup intact to the present day. On their debut album “THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND,” WINCHESTER REBELS' sound has been favorably compared with influential ‘90’s-era bands ALICE IN CHAINS, DANZIG, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and others. The guitars are heavy and the drums are hard-hitting, the vocals on WR tunes such as “PRIVATE ANGEL,” “DOWN,” “LOADED GUN” and “FLYING” inspire and carry the melodic sound of a band that demands to be heard. WINCHESTER REBELS are a band on the rise whose time to shine is rapidly approaching. It’s not a matter of if for these guys - but when.
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