DragStrip Riot

DragStrip Riot

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Rock n Roll the way it was meant to be played: Loud, aggressive and rebellious with solid musicianship and a sense of humor. Blues, rock and punk all mixed together.

Biography

Rock n roll, the devil’s music, was meant to be dangerous and DragStrip Riot aim to keep it that way. Their stripped-down, unadulterated, and unapologetic brand of rock n roll gives nod to its origins in blues, punk, garage and country. Reminiscent of the angry sounds of Link Wray’s reverb-drenched guitar, the melodies and aggression of the Social Distortion, the crunching riffs of AC/DC and the bluesy swagger of George Thorogood; DragStrip Riot turn it up a notch and let fly all their influences in the face of payola playlists. This ain’t your daddy’s rock n roll, and it’s probably not suited for anyone who likes their music “safe”.

In the live arena, you'll feel their intensity the moment the lead singer shouts, “We are DragStrip Riot!!!” Suddenly the drums roll in and the band kicks off at a breakneck pace, slowing down only occasionally to let the audience catch their breath, dance with their sweethearts, and gulp a beer or two.

Forging their own path while trying to remain true to what made rock n roll rebellious in its infancy, DragStrip Riot can best be summed up by paraphrasing one of their own songs: “It’s the life that they live, it’s the life that they love. And too much of something is NEVER enough!”

Lyrics

In Flames

Written By: DragStrip Riot

Old dreams are dying while time keeps on flying
I'm probably all I'm ever going to be
So I torch up a butt, settle back and say "so what?"
It's high-time that I let go of my fantasies
I had big dreams as a child
I went a little wild
Never thought about what lay around the bend
And time has its way of making everybody pay
At some point you forget how to pretend
We are who we are
I can't fight it any more
Giving in to the fates
Going down in flames... In flames!
Delusions of grandeur got me stuck going nowhere
It's hard to finally face reality
My pockets are empty, my worries aplenty
I guess happiness was never meant for me
I had only good intentions, I went the wrong direction
Never thought about what lay around the bend
Now my life marches on as I'm grasping at straws
For some way I can get on top again
We are who we are
I can't fight it any more
Giving in to the fates, going down in flames... In Flames
-Solo-
Struggling for substance amounted to nothing
I was doomed from the start it's plain to see
Now I'm up against the ropes and I've hoped my last hope
I guess happiness was never meant for me
I had big dreams as a child, I went a little wild
Never thought about what lay around the bend
Time has its way of making everybody pay
At some point you forget how to pretend
We are who we are
I can't fight it any more
Giving in to the fates
Going down in flames... In Flames

Last Chance for Goodbye

Written By: DragStrip Riot

I got a letter it said she's getting married
I almost lost my mind
So many years, so many tears
So many nights that I spent wasting time
Now I've been bested, my patience has been tested
I hate the taste of pride
So I hit the open highway, don't know what I'm going to do when I look into those eyes
I've got one last chance for goodbye
So many thoughts are running through my head
And I can't get a moment's peace
I can only think of one way out I've got to get that woman to come back to me
If I don't get her back I'm going to snap and end up doing something I regret
And if that fella tries to keep her, I'm going to be his reaper
The worst is coming yet...
He's got one last chance for goodbye
Time is short, I'm riding on the storm
I'm bringing death or else I'm bringing arms to keep her warm
I can't refrain, I curse her name for every tear I've cried
When she said that she'd come back for me she lied.
-Solo-
I hear the music from inside and swing two oak doors open wide to see her standing there
And as a silence falls throughout the hall the skin on my neck starts to crawl at a sight that I can't bear.
Her happiness, her wedding dress
They belong together I confess.
Her heart's no longer mine
As I turn to leave I do believe I see her staring right at me with longing in her eyes.
She's got one last chance for goodbye

Troublebound

Written By: DragStrip Riot

What'll they say when I get back home
and they find out what I've done
Livin' the life and livin' a lie
Now the law has me on the run
Oh honey, I'm a bad man and your daddy knows it's true
They say that I'm pure evil and that I'm corrupting you
Now I can't live without you and I can't hang around
So I'm leaving in the morning trouble bound
I'm leaving in the morning trouble bound
I set out in search of fortune
But misfortune found me instead
A lawman tried to rob me blind, I drew my pistol now the lawman's dead
Oh honey, I'm a bad man that much of it is true
A crooked sherriff's dead but I'm telling you the truth
I'm coming for you baby, tomorrow I'll be in town
I'll be leaving in the morning trouble bound
Leaving in the morning trouble bound
Trouble bound (trouble bound)
Trouble bound (trouble bound)
I saved every penny and broke my back for every dime
I earned every dollar. No badge is gonna let 'em take what's mine
My reputation haunts me, I was guilty just for being who I am
So meet me at the station and tomorrow I can be with you again
-Solo-
Trouble bound (trouble bound)
Trouble bound (trouble bound)
So please be strong, I won't do ya no wrong
We'll take a train bound for Mexico
We'll settle down in a quiet town
And be together until we grow old
Oh honey, don't believe them when they say that I'm no good
I tried to do the right thing but I had to spill some blood
You can hear me comin' just put one ear to the ground
We'll be leaving in the morning trouble bound
We'll be leaving in the morning trouble bound
Trouble bound (trouble bound)
Trouble bound (trouble bound)

Discography

DragStrip Riot S/T (GKR 012-2) released 2003

Soundtrack - Cannibal Girl & Incest Boy

Compilation - Post-Grunge Vol. 1 & 2 (Post-Grunge)

Soundtrack - The Jersey Devil

Compilation - Bad Taste Magazine, Sampler (Bad Taste Ind., Poland)

Soundtrack - "Hellbound & Happy" appeared in Fear & Loathing In The Valley (Broken Home Pictures, 2005);

Compilation - "American Sicko" appeared on Attack of The Hotrod Zombies (2003, Split Seven Records 693202712026)

Soundtrack & Live appearance featuring "One Day Closer" and "American Sicko" (Hotrod Girls Save The World, Go-Kustom Films 2008)

Soundtrack - MTV's "Made" (2004)

"Broke For Christmas" receives seasonal airplay on KISW 99.9 FM (2007 & 2008)

"American Sicko" single from DragStrip Riot (Self-Titled) played on national radio

Live appearance on Comcast On-Demand featuring "Damn!", "In Flames", and "American Sicko".

Upcoming cd entitled DAMN! to be released in 2009

Set List

Typical set list is 8 songs for opening sets, 11 songs for mid-position. Our typical headlining set list is around 45 minutes long including around 13 original compositions. We play mostly all-original material except for the occasional obscure cover song from artists such as: Cock Sparrer, The Hookers, Dion & The Belmonts, Bo Diddley or other lesser known artists. Occasionally we've thrown in a wild-card song that people wouldn't expect from a band of our ilk ("Talk Dirty To Me" by Poison is always met with great applause)

Recent set-list:

Damn!
Troublebound
The Country Song
The Damage Done
American Sicko
See You In Hell
Last Chance for Goodbye
Why'd You Have to Come Back (And Ruin My Life)?
In Flames
Knife In the Back
Waste
Take 'Em All