BALLBREAKER

BALLBREAKER

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"In the spirit of what rock n' roll is all about, tinged with some AC/DCness, but still basic, pure, honest rock n' roll. Original stuff that just rocks the house." - Unkle Rog (96.5 WCMF)

Biography

Ballbreakers history dates back to the summer of 1995, when five players, from various musical backgrounds, decided to band together to create what has now become known as one of the top "tributes to the music of" AC/DC around today, as well as purveyors of the hard rock sound through their driving original music. The ball was set in motion one summer evening when, through a mutual friend, Jerry met Steve. Both having been in various bands that regularly played the area circuit, the conversations soon turned to the different projects that had been involved with, the musicians that they each have known as well as their influences and music in general. After about a month or so they decided that it was about time to get together and see if something would click. So the call went out to some other musicians that they knew were available. At this point Eddie was writing with Steve and recording some demos (Some of these songs can be found Ballbreakers first all original c.d. "Ballbreaker 1" ) when he got the call. Mark had been playing with Jerry for some time with multiple bands, and had just been involved in a project called Bon Voyage with him. (This project also included Todd at that time.) With Eddie and Mark in place, one more element was needed, so Jeff Gillette was called in on the drums. With the cast now set, it was time to get to work. The band began to learn songs but had no real direction to take the group into, that is until they learned AC/DC classic "You Shook Me All Night Long." They soon realized they had an uncanny likeness to the sound of AC/DC, right down to Eddies raspy, whiskey soaked replication of the voice of their front man Brian Johnson. It was this night that BALLBREAKER was truly born. Soon after, BALLBREAKER , walked into a small bar in Caledonia, NY for an open jam night with a set of AC/DC classics and took the bar by storm. The people who were there to witness that evening began to tell their friends of what they saw that night and word soon spread. With all the positive response from BALLBREAKERS trial run, they soon were getting calls for shows with their very first full fledged appearance supporting THE GOOD RATS. They were now taking the show on the road, making a name for themselves in Rochester and it's surrounding areas. With the addition of Paul Marlzoff on drums, they decided it was time to drive the bands playing field out farther and begin to hit more of NY. BALLBREAKER spent the next couple of years taking it on the road and spreading their name across the Empire State. Todd Tracy now entered the BALLBREAKER fold and the band shifted gears once again. Their ultimate lineup was in place and a new age in the bands history was dawning. With a new found energy the band took a whole new stage show to the club scene. One LA music producer once called BALLBREAKER possibly "the greatest bar band in the country" and this could be evidenced during their support of national acts such as LOVERBOY, NAZARETH, and QUIET RIOT. As they continued to perform their tribute to the music of AC/DC to sold out clubs, concerts, and fairs across the state they felt that the time was ripe to release an all original c.d. The year 2000 was a landmark year for BALLBREAKER, in that it saw the release of the classic, independently released disc "Ballbreaker 1" that features such favorites as "Inside Out," "Whiskey, Women, & Rock," and "Give Me A Reason." The disc found quick acceptance from fans and press alike. This new c.d. gained them exposure in magazines and on radio stations throughout the United States, Italy, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Germany. The first track off the disc, "Inside Out," was also used in ads for the NFLs, BUFFALO BILLS during their 2001/2002 season. 2003 saw them as a featured artist on a world-wide release called "Voltage Overload," on Sharkbite Records. This was an AC/DC tribute disc with 10 of the worlds top AC/DC acts paying homage to the hard rock legends. Ballbreaker appeared performing the song "Let Me Put My Love Into You," recorded live during their support of LOVERBOY. 2005 found the band celebrating their 10th anniversary with the release of their second full length original c.d., "Hangman's Tree." Ballbreaker's newest , hard hitting platter of straight ahead rock n' roll quickly found critical success, being called "a power rock n' roll bomb" by French music distributor, Alain Brennus, and being ranked in the top ten hard rock releases of 2005 by Canadian webzine sleazeroxx.com, wich also listed the track, "Little Misunderstood" in the top 25 songs of 2005. The critical acclaim soon translated into a distribution deal with Houston, Texas based, Perris Records, and endorsements by companies such as Coffin Cases out of Los Angelas, California. As the buzz around Ballbreaker's "Hangman's Tree" continued to grow, the band found themselves with appearances in major publications such as Rock N Roll Damnation, and Revolver Magazine. Yet another highlight fo

Lyrics

When The Hammer Comes Down

Written By: Ballbreaker

So you think it's over
you'd better think again
you haven't heard the last of this my friend

you feel the pressure rising
you tremble and you shake
you feel the walls around you start to break

it's been one long road to get to where you're going
nobody rides for free
they're going to pay the price before they see

When the hammer comes down
can you feel it all around
when the hammer comes down
test of meddle pound for pound
when the hammer comes down
its gonna slam you to the ground
when the hammer comes down
you better not be around when the hammer comes down

So you think it's over
It's coming back around
It's going to pick you up and slam you down
white hot bolts of lightning
you feel the power surge
sending it's call across the earth

you spent your life standing in the shadows
you're time is gonna come
they won't realize until you're done
it's been one long road to get to where you're going
nobody rides for free
they're going to pay the price before they see

When the hammer comes down
can you feel it all around
when the hammer comes down
test of meddle pound for pound
when the hammer comes down
its gonna slam you to the ground
when the hammer comes down
you better not be around when the hammer comes down

Discography

02/2000 - Ballbreaker "Ballbreaker"
10/2004 - "Voltage Overload: A Tribute To AC/DC"
05/2005 - Ballbreaker : "Hangmans Tree"
11/2006 - Perris Records Sampler C.D.
03/2007 - Perris Records Network C.D.