What is the state of punk rock today? Somewhere along the line, its angry, moralistic spirit left the scene for hardcore and metal, and melodic punk rock was suddenly nice. And funny. And safe. And dull. Overall, the current state of punk rock is shit.
SPOILER NYC sets out to change all that. The New York trio offers a darker slice of punk rock. A trip back in time to what made punk rock dangerous in the first place. To a time where a punk rocker was more likely found causing a fight in a bar or traveling along the back roads in a '66 Rat Rod instead of hanging out in the food court of the mall.
Founded in 2006, SPOILER NYC was inspired by the loss of a dear friend to lead vocalist, Alan Robert. While on tour with his other band, Life of Agony, Robert found himself writing music which didn't quite fit with what he was currently doing. There was an angrier, more aggressive streak to these new songs which were coming out of him. They weren't metal or hard rock, they were punk.
Turning to longtime friend, "Junkyard" Chris Silletti, Robert found someone who also held a lifelong passion for this type of music. Someone who considered himself a punk and was proud to say it. While out on the road, the two would spend hours listening to bands like Social Distortion, Rancid, and The Misfits among others. Music which inspired the two to stop just talking about starting up a project, and finally making it happen.
"When we returned home from the LOA European tour at the end of 2005, Silletti and I would meet up, throw a few back and jam on songs I had written for SPOILER NYC," Robert said. "The soulful guitar leads he added fit perfectly with what was coming out of me. We ended up with some true, old school punk tunes."
From the fuck-the-world attitude of "Every Person Is Corrupt," "Die Alone" and "Dead To Me" to the heartfelt emotions of "Unpredictable," SPOILER NYC reminds us that you can pack more emotion into an under-three minute song without having to lose the street attitude. Something the current state of punk sorely needs.
With the addition of Tommy Clayton on drums to complete the three piece unit, SPOILER NYC plans to take their message from the recording studio to the road this year. Don't expect to find this band playing the fine auditoriums anytime soon, they plan on seeking out the smallest, grittiest venues they can find to ensure that every fan walks away having experienced the same thing....punk rock, the way it was meant to be.
The debut album, "Grease Fire in Hell's Kitchen" wasreleased in 2007 by SOS Records in the United States and I Scream Records in Europe.
- Brian Perlis
Alan Robert: Lead Vocals & Bass
Best known for being the co-founder & bassist for Brooklyn, NY's Life of Agony, Alan has been writing and recording albums since 1993. After several releases on Roadrunner Records and SPV, Life of Agony signed with Epic Records in 2005 to release their latest effort, "Broken Valley." In 2002, he collaborated with drummer Danny Schuler from Biohazard in a short-lived project called Among Thieves which resulted in the release of 2 records for Daymare Recordings/Warner Japan.
"Junkyard" Chris Silletti: Guitars
Junkyard has been in and out of hardcore and punk bands his entire life including stints with Steel Toe
Solution and Cryptic Cookies for Jesus. He is no stranger to the road having been part of Life of Agony's crew
since they released their debut, River Runs Red, back in 1993.
Tommy Clayton: Drums
Tommy performed for 5 years with the punk band Houston Calls (Rushmore Records) before he left the
group to join Spoiler NYC. He's shared the stage with the likes of Alkaline Trio, Thrice, and Bouncing Souls.
If you don't see him behind his drum kit then you can find him on a bar stool at the Lucky 13 Saloon.