Culture Killers
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Culture Killers

North Hollywood, California, United States

North Hollywood, California, United States
Band Alternative Rock


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Dateline... November 05, 2008, Hollywood, CA

The name “Culture Killers” begins its roots as a thinly veiled protest to the ongoing effort by the mainstream media to dull the senses of the individual through mass commercialism and mindless TV programming; eventually stripping them of their autonomy.

More than happy to use modern media to spread the word and the sound of the band, Culture Killers made its debut appearance on Playboy TV’s “Night Calls,” rocking the socks and the panties off of 800,000 viewers with a sound influenced by such bands as Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Velvet Revolver, Van Halen and Guns N’ Roses.

The Hollywood-based foursome — singer/guitarist David George, lead guitarist Delta Starr, bassist Johnny Tokes and drummer Hugo Chavez — have been stoking the big buzz from their very first gigs with a sound that, as Music Connection notes, “is loud, rough and penetrates you to the core.” And, as their band name implies, it’s music that’s all about shooting out your TV, smashing that Xbox and trashing the computer and getting off yer ass and out to live gigs where real rock’n’roll still reigns supreme.

The spotlight shines bright on Culture Killers in Las Vegas where they have performed a cover of the quintessential “Bad Boy” classic, Born To Be Wild, for The Fremont Street Experience “Viva Vision” in Downtown Las Vegas, a nightly audio-visual spectacular on the largest video screen in the world. The Fremont Street Experience, featuring shows by such legends as Kiss, George Thoroughgood, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Don McLean (American Pie), is visited by over 20 million people a year.

And now with their debut EP, Culture Killers are ready to bring their driving sound to the masses. With such irresistible, gut punching tunes as “Gone Hollywood” (“Hell yeah, we’re living in a dream land, riding high on the whiskey and the cocaine”) and “Let Me Drive.” Co-produced and mixed by Rob Beaton, whose credits include work with such acts as Santana, Todd Rundgren, Sammy Hagar and hard rock guitar wizard Buckethead.

George and Starr’s first band, Kansas City based Moaning Lisa, earned a nomination for Sexiest Cover from Playboy for one of their album releases before moving the band to Hollywood. Tokes cut his teeth on the Philadelphia and South Jersey circuit before heading west to play in the big leagues. Chavez formerly of Prizefighter played briefly with George and Starr in the LA version of Moaning Lisa, and has recently reteamed up with them in Culture Killers