The Catalyst

The Rezillos, Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds

Live in The Atrium

The Rezillos

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds

Mon, May 18, 2015

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$13 in advance / $16 at the doors

Off Sale

This event is 16 and over

The Rezillos
The Rezillos
The Rezillos burst forth upon the rock scene in 1976, having gathered together at Edinburgh College of Art. Through a shared love of Sixties Garage Rock and the Spectoresque Girl Group glam of The Ronettes and the Shangri Las, The Rezillos found themselves inadvertently caught up in the Punk or New Wave movement. Their debut single, "I Can't Stand My Baby", shot them to underground fame initially via airings on John Peel's radio show. Their classic singles "My Baby Does Good Sculptures", "Top of the Pops" and "Destination Venus" signalled critically acclaimed milestones for the band.

Their landmark album of 1978 "Can't Stand the Rezillos" reached the top 10 in the UK album chart. They appeared twice on the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test and hit the Top Twenty with their hit single 'Top of the Pops', a satirical swipe at the UK pop music programme of the same name. Once the band had achieved chart success it was inevitable that they should appear on the same show! They followed up that same year with a live recording, "Mission Accomplished... But the Beat Goes On", and promptly broke up to the anguish of fans and music critics alike.

In recent years their music has appeared on various "History of New Wave" compilations with the band enjoying a growing status on US underground and college radio stations and rock fanzines. Interest has continued to expand, seeing a CD re-release of their material in 1993 and the subsequent Web buzz via the internet, etc. Bringing it to a head, they reformed on New Year's Eve 2002 with a spur-of-the moment gig in Edinburgh, Scotland playing to 150,000 Hogmanay revellers gathered in the capital city. The writing was on the wall, it was time to get the band together again, tour the world and set to work on the creation of a new album. Following rave reviews, the reformed group embarked upon a twelve-date tour of the US. Strangely enough, although signed to an American label, and having recorded their debut in New York City, the band had previously played only one gig in the USA in 1978, at the infamous CBGBs.

They played exceptional sell-out shows in Norway and France and won over a new generation of Spanish fans in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Their UK shows, again including the sell-out Astoria 2 show in London, have re-established them as one of the most exciting bands currently on display, with a verve and energy that puts many younger bands to shame. In March 2003, the long-awaited cult-movie, Jackass: The Movie was finally released in the UK. The Rezillos classic foot stomper "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight" features on the soundtrack, and resulted in them appearing in no less than five US publications on the same day on the first week of it's US release.

Having made it into the 21st century that they sang about so often in the 20th it's fitting that their rebirth should warp them into the present still finding themselves firmly in step both musically and conceptually.
Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds
Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds are proud to bring you the brand new video for 'Conjure Man', from the limited-edition 7-inch single, out now! 'Conjure Man', is a swampy new original, while the B-side is a deranged cover of an old Seeds tune, 'Lose Your Mind' . Neither track will be featured on the band's upcoming album, 'Haunted Head', to be released by In The Red Records next month.

Legendary guitar stylist Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and long time cohorts, bassist Kiki Solis (Knife In The Water), drummer Ron Miller (Up The Academy), and guitarist Jesse Roberts (Sandrider, The Ruby Doe) are set to release a brand new album, 'Haunted Head', on May 7th (their third album for In The Red)! Jesse engineered and Ron mixed the album, at the now well-known Harveyville Project High School in Kansas. Waking from a nap in the swamps of outer space, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds ride a geisterbahn into the hypnagogic, a place between sleep and consciousness also known as the "Haunted Head".
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://www.catalystclub.com/