Though they’ve been labeled “Psychobilly” by fans and critics alike, lead singer and guitarist, Tony “Slash” Red-Horse believes there’s more to his band than meets the eye.
“We have plenty of other tunes that do not conform to the Halloween theme,” he says.
Sure, they sing about zombies, dead girlfriends and other themes associated with Halloween, but there’s still much more that the Rocketz have to offer.
“We do not consider ourselves pure Psychobilly,” Red-Horse assures.
The Rocketz began their journey to rock stardom in 2003. Red-Horse was giving his friend John Dimambro upright bass lessons. The lessons led to songwriting, and those songs eventually became Rocketz songs.
Red-Horse later recruited drummer Andrew Martinez to complete the lineup. Dimambro left the band, and Tony Macias took over on bass in 2004.
That year, their live shows became legendary. They played 54 shows locally without an album to support. Word of mouth and fan-generated support led to a label deal with Hairball8 Records a year later.
In 2005, they released Rise of the Undead and have since performed extensively throughout Southern California.
“We don’t use set lists at regular shows,” Red-Horse points out. “The songs we play are based solely on how I feel and what vibe I’m getting from the crowd.”
The Rocketz hope to follow up Rise of the Undead with a new album to be released early 2008. For now, the Rocketz are excited about the Knott’s gig and their brand new video, “Killing.”
Rise of the Undead is currently available. The band will perform at 9 p.m. Oct. 24-31 at Knott’s Scary Farm. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/therocketz.