Adam Streicher And The Amphetamines
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Adam Streicher And The Amphetamines

Montclair, New Jersey, United States | SELF

Montclair, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Band Rock Alternative




"The Return of Adam Streicher"

After a hiatus of over two years, Adam Streicher, former Molotov Cocktails leader, is back, with a whole new band! And they started things up right with a Thursday night show at Maxwell’s. Nothing less than a triumphant return, Streicher brought a crowd who carried as much drive and enthusiasm as him.
The stage was shared on this lovely night between them and Waking Heroes, The Tonight’s Life, and Lion of Ido. Familiar faces popped up as I walked into the venue, stepping back into my old Molotov Cocktails boots three years later. Little did I know that Streicher’s set would not only bring me back, but that it would get me enthralled for what is to come. I hadn’t forgotten Adam Streicher’s famous sense of humor, nor his incredible vocal range. On the right, bass player Steve Mariani, is still the battery of the band, fueling its rhythm with melodic bass lines and contagious dance moves. On the left, new guitarist Matt Russo sports a glittery red guitar adding a touch of glam rock to the band, with a perfect set.

Let me jump ahead into the band’s seventh song, mid-set, as front-man Adam Streicher is standing at the bar. He motions to the bartender for a beer while his band and the crowd lend gang vocals and look on in amazement. (He later explains that he froze when asked and randomly selected a Heineken – a beer he never drinks). This “fly by the seat of your pants” mentality was felt from the very first song and set the mood for the remainder of the set: unpredictable and fun, wacky and consistent, blending classic rock and blues with a touch of indie alternative noise. A solid rhythm section and the personal flair and eccentricities of Streicher made for an exciting performance. - Lamp Lighter


Do You Think Can Save Me



Adam Streicher & The Amphetamines, made up of 2/3 of the disbanded Molotov Cocktails and 2/3 of The Russo Trio formed in the fall of 2011. Adam and bassist Steve Mariani, as members of The Molotov Cocktails released their debut album Do You Think You Can Save Me in 2008. They, along with drummer Tyler Yesse, went on to play The Bamboozle festival at The Meadowlands Sports Complex in Rutherford, NJ. After a two year hiatus from the music business, they’re back with a new band and new songs. Adam and Steve, along with drummer Jon Russo and guitarist Matt Russo will be performing all over the tri-state area in the coming months, leading into the summer festival season, which will see the release of their debut EP.