The Hot Rails

The Hot Rails

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If the Hot Rails lived in their proper decade--the Excessive 70s--their liner notes would be the tale of a winding discography lost to the winds of stoned history, now championed by victorious historians. www.thehotrails.com

Biography

Front man Ken Janssen did not start performing until past the age of 30, making his debut with 60s garage band The It*Men. Though a late bloomer, the experiences have given him a tremendous well to draw from lyrically. While the well may be deep, the lyrics are not the meandering prose you may expect, but straight forward songs about good times and loose women. In a short time since Janssen's first release (Greatest Its: 2004) the stage antics have become legendary. Every performance is different, and every show is another story. With Janssen, it's always about the story. The band features two lead guitarists, David Paolucci and Jamey Rychak. The two leads shred seamlessly through the hard rock structure provided by drummer, Charlie Druesedow (Dreadful Yawns, It*Men, New Lou Reeds) and bassist Nick Licata. If the It*Men were the penultimate 60s garage band then The Hot rails are the penultimate 70s hard rock band. This is not to say that it is a throw back or an homage, but more a continuation. Currently the band has finished recording its second LP "Single Entendre" and will be touring the Midwest, East Coast, and heading to SXSW 2010 to promote their new album.

Lyrics

Trigger Finger

Written By: Ken Janssen

Monday night and the jailhouse is dead.
I need a $2 drink and some $10 head.
She lived just accross the road.
I gotta 6 pack of rubbers and I got 'em to go.

We can leave this ghost town, leave it all behind.
A tumble weed connections further down the line.
We can ride these rails, it's all up to you.
I am the law around here, what are you gonna do.

I got an itchy trigger finger.
You gotta bounty on you.
I got an itchy trigger finger.
You gotta body on you.

Silver Star and I shoot to kill.
Chase tail and $100 bill.
There's gold in them hills and pearls in her eyes.
I gotta warrant, she's gotta cherry pie.

Deal Breaker

Written By: Ken Janssen

Girl was a shack shaker, she always came back for more.
And when she shook her money maker, she shook me right to the core.
Then baby was a belly acher, and when it was a chore,
I said that's a dealbreaker and I showed her the door.

Now I'm no Moonraker, nor a sexual pawn.
Girl I'm just a ticket-taker. I punch your card you move on.
I'm looking for an earthquaker, there ain't no settling down, no.
Said that's a dealbreaker. And then she was gone

I'm not a righteous man
But I gotta stand up
I know what I want, and how to get it.

I'm not a righteous man
But it's gotta add up
I know what I want, it ain't you. Forget it.

I'm not a righteous man
But I gotta stand up
I know what I want, and I know the score.

I'm not a righteous man
But it's gotta add up
I know what I want, it ain't you. No.

Now I'm no LA Laker,
But I'm 7 feet tall,
Never been a shot faker, I keep my eye on the ball.
Don't be such a goodness saker, you gotta live for the fall.
And if it's gotta be a deal breaker. You gotta stand tall. Take it all.

Death From Above

Written By: Ken Janssen, David Molnar

Merlin casts
A mage's eye
On Eagles soaring in the sky.
Lightning bolts
On mountain High.
Thunder cracks mute distant cries.

A piper pipes
A piping tune
Far beneath a miller's moon
Marching toward
The ancient runes
Blind to their impending doom

Rivers boil. women scream.
Laymen toil. wizards dream.
Witches brew. Warlocks, too
They'll be blown away (death from above)

Oceans crash
On foamy shores
Vikings cast their mighty oars.
Rivers run
With the blood and gore
Of all who fear the coming lord

Rivers boil. women scream.
Laymen toil. wizards dream.
Witches brew. Warlocks, too
They'll be blown away (death from above)

Gozer casts a ghastly gaze
On villagers he set ablaze.
Gods are choking in the haze
Enslaved in their end of days.

Gozer casts a ghastly gaze
On villagers he set ablaze.
Gods are choking in the haze
Enslaved in their end of days.

Discography

To Hell with the Hot Rails 2007 (LP)
Joke on the Water 2009 (EP)
Single Entendre 2010 (LP)

Set List

Our set lists usually consist of songs from both our albums, typically 45 minutes to and hour and a half in length. Preferred songs are Ripper, Carried Away, Still Got It, Get on the Hot Rails, Trigger Finger, Deal Breaker, Death From Above, and Dickson

When we do covers we usually do Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, Danzig, The Who, or The J. Geils Band