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Introduce Your Band - AMERICAN MAFIA (USA)


Thursday 14 September 2017


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They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, American Mafia was born out such necessity. In 2009, the band Holy Water released The Collected Sessions (Perris) placing their previously unreleased, but much sought-after music in a legitimate ‘archive.’ The CD received rave reviews:
…the band would have been household names. At their best Holy Water is THAT good.” -sleazeroxx.com
"Damn near every song here could've fit on the radio..." -Detritus e-zine
The thing about Holy Water is that you would have sworn you’ve heard these songs before, but chances are you haven’t.” -hardrockhaven.net

The Collected Sessions was originally supposed to be a teaser while Holy Water got busy recording a new album featuring many of the songs they’d written over the years, but never properly recorded. But when original Holy Water vocalist David Knight sadly committed suicide in early 2014, guitarist Tom Jude (ex-Doro Pesch) and bassist Freddy Villano (ex-Quiet Riot / Widowmaker) were faced with a dilemma: abandon the project, due to the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of replacing Knight, or forge ahead. The duo opted to move forward and The Collected Sessions became Holy Water’s swan song. In Knight’s absence, Jude and Villano decided to ditch the Holy Water moniker and enlist not one, but several, of contemporary rock music’s premier vocalists to help complete the record they’d already started. The names should be familiar to just about any hard rock aficionado: John West (Badlands/Artension/Royal Hunt), Jimmy Kunes (Cactus/Flood the Engine), Don Chaffin (VOX/Red Lamb), Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan/The Lizards) and Ed Terry (Rondinelli/Rage & Beyond). All were invited to not only sing, but also write their own lyrics and melodies. They re-branded this new union of rock n’ roll rogues American Mafia and the result is Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine (Grooveyard), a collection of tunes that Ross Welford of uberrock.co.uk called, “…the best classic rock album you've never heard.Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine also features keyboards by Mike DiMeo, Jay Davidson (Cinderella) and Bob Twining (Feinstein), as well as Randy Pratt (Cactus/The Lizards) on blues harp and Patrick Klein (The Lizards) on rhythm guitar. Former Dokken/Scarecrow/Arabia and current Flavor Flav drummer Bobby Marks hammered out the drum tracks.

In 2016, American Mafia mainstays Jude and Villano, along with vocalist Don Chaffin and drummer Bobby Marks, assembled to record a 5-song EP follow-up to Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine, aptly titled, Made in New York for Lions Pride Music with a release date of September 25, 2017.  


What is the meaning of your name?

Since our debut, Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine, featured six different singers and three keyboard players, we wanted to go with something that represented a collective mentality, rather than a band per se. We were thinking along the lines of Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon “Cartel” or Trans-Siberian “Orchestra.” Projects that have central figures with a rotating supporting cast. Our new EP, Made in New York, has a solid line-up on all five tunes, but that doesn’t mean it will remain the same for the next record.


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BAND MEMBERS
On Made in New York:
Don Chaffin – Vocals
Tom Jude – Guitar
Freddy Villano – Bass
Bobby Marks – Drums

On Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine:
Tom Jude – Guitar
Freddy Villano – Bass
Bobby Marks – Drums
John West – Vocals
Jimmy Kunes – Vocals
Don Chaffin – Vocals
Ed Terry – Vocals
Mike DiMeo – Vocals
David Knight – Vocals
Mike DiMeo – Keyboards
Jay Davidson – Keyboards
Bob Twining - Keyboards

MUSIC GENRE
Classic Hard Rock

LANGUAGE
English

CITY-COUNTRY
New York City, USA

ALBUMS
Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine (2014, Grooveyard Records)
Made in New York (2017, Lions Pride Music)

LABEL
Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine (2014, Grooveyard Records)
Made in New York (2017, Lions Pride Music)

LINKS
Official Site
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