Live Music all weekend long at The Hell City Tattoo Festival!
Live music all weekend! Every year Hell City has bands play to the Hellions! This main stage mayhem features live performances by a variety of band styles of music.
Hell City Phoenix, AZ Bands
Friday 7pm – Main Stage – Whiskey Kiss
Saturday 6 pm – Main Stage – Venomous Pinks
Sunday 1pm – Main Stage – Fairy Bones
The Venomous Pinks is a quartet of girls, ready to break the rules. As one of the only all girl rock bands in the Phoenix area, they will break your heart and bust your balls. Influenced by Joan Jett and The Ramones, these four talented musicians channel a unique sound that is rock and roll with attitude. With Drea Doll on guitar/vocals, Gaby Kaos on guitar/bass/vocals, Corrie Zazzera on guitar and Jewlz on drums, this foursome of musicians will intoxicate you with their tantalizing talent, high energy, and no holds barred attitude. With their salacious sound, they’ve cultivated quite the following, causing crowds to line up at national shows. Putting on a presentation that showcases their gregarious girl power, this band leaves audiences wanting more. This foursome is well on the way to becoming one of the hottest bands around.
Whiskey Kiss is all grown up. What started as a sweet, rockabilly-influenced act has morphed into a straight-up roots rock band with vintage flair and edgy kicks. The result is a classic backbone driven in a modern direction: Retro.Revamped.
Their new record is exactly that: the retro groove is there, but they spice it up with aggressive guitars, kinetic energy, and high powered vocals that pack a punch. The best things about this band is their versatility. Each track on the album brings something new. From “Keep it to Myself”, the powerful guitar-driven single with the deceptively pure lyrics, to “Vixen” the sexy, Cramps-influenced surf number, to “All You Need” a jumping, rockabilly tune with sprinkled swing, every song on this album celebrates the sounds of a bygone era, but makes it accessible to the modern listener.
Whiskey Kiss has been stirring things up since 2012, and have nicely settled into a groove with a revamped lineup. Niki White, lead vocals, has come into her own as a performer and songwriter. The tracks on this new record are edgier and catchier, and her vocals keep up. Her husband, Nick White’s move to guitar from bass drives this new sound: his gritty guitar tone and bluesy melodies are a great matchup. Tommy Collins, the acrobatic upright bass player, has matured as well, and this album proves his musicality is just as strong on the electric. Bruce Legge, original member, has become a multi-instrumentalist adding saxophone and flugelhorn to his trumpet and trombone skills, and Michael Robinson, drums, makes his recording debut that is driving and tasteful.
Whiskey Kiss’ stage show has been praised as “dynamic and acrobatic- some would say insane” (Buster Fayte’s Rockabilly Romp). Ed Masley of AZ Central writes, “with the showmanship they brought to that performance, they should have no trouble conquering the Continent…And it goes beyond the retro-friendly sex appeal and jaw-dropping vocal abilities of singer Niki White, although that clearly helps. Guitarist Nick White is a brilliant roots guitarist with great tone and all the right moves, including soloing while perched on top of Tommy Collins’ upright bass”. They have played Viva Las Vegas, the biggest rockabilly festival in the world, as well as performing with the Rockabilly Queen, Wanda Jacksons, as her backing band. They’ve shared the stage with many artists such as The Chop Tops, The Blasters, Nikki Hill, Deke Dickerson, and many more. Whiskey Kiss is touring Europe the summer of 2017. As Mitchell Hillman of The Phoenix New Times said, ““They’ve got the sound, the look, and the record ready to launch them well into next year and bring them to a much larger audience than they have reached before. Keep your eyes on Whiskey Kiss; their aim is high and so is their trajectory.”
Fairy Bones is back… and they’re having 0% Fun.
After surviving 2017, Fairy Bones reemerged battle-hardened and a little less mentally stable with their triumphant second album, 0% Fun (2018). Taking the “sophomore slump” in stride, the Phoenix-based brash pop-rockers made sure to disappoint everyone this time around.
NPR said the album “showcases the band’s ability to write catchy ear-worms driven by the unapologetic spirit and vocals of Chelsey Louise” while Java Magazine hailed it as “unsettling, beautiful, and powerful all at once.” Impose popped in to declare it “energetic and vibrant.”
If their debut album Dramabot (2015) was a doe-eyed freshman eager for experiences, then 2018’s 0% Fun is the debt-ridden graduate, desperately laughing through the chaos of modern existence.
After three years of lighting up the stage as support for acts like Highly Suspect, St Lucia, Marcy Playground, Fuel, Mother Mother, Rozwell Kid, and KONGOS, Fairy Bones was ready for a new approach to being the punk rock underdogs of the digital age, which is on brilliant displayed in their DIY music videos, marketing, independent tour booking, style, and imagery.
What began as a lyrically intimate dissection of personal thoughts and feelings, the new album quickly took on an upbeat and often wildly sarcastic look at one woman’s journey through her twenties. Touching on themes of anxiety, depression, and the pressures of maintaining the perfect Instagram-facade 0% Fun inadvertently echoed the same thoughts and feelings felt around the nation throughout 2017.
Fairy Bones released 0% Fun on February 23, 2018 and it’s available now wherever music is sold. Catch them touring national throughout 2018.
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