Greg Allen's Fringe Religion is a Boston-based band that formed in 2013 - but they are hardly beginners when it comes to rock and roll. Singer, guitar player and songwriter Greg Allen and bass player Chicago Vin Earnshaw were in a band with the late great Jerry Nolan (drummer for the New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers). Allen has released a number of recordings (including those famous last songs with Jerry Nolan) and has done some time with the underground in London and New York. Earnshaw is a veteran East Coast side-man (Luther Johnson Chicago Blues Band, Jack Smith and the Rockabilly Planets, Lazy Lester and Hubert Sumlin to name a few) and an actor who has appeared in stage, TV and film productions. Allen and Earnshaw are joined by guitar player Curt Florczak who rocks hard but with a real sense of melody and finesse and spent his time in the gunk punk underground with LA's B-Movie Rats, and the equally formidable drummer Chris Michaels.
Greg Allen might have played with New York Doll/Heartbreaker Jerry Nolan but he's no Johnny Thunders clone. Yes, he's got that guttersnipe, raw guitar tone but he has a unique song writing style that evokes a dystopic world through a cast of twisted characters. The music is rock and roll with a nod to all the greats. The band sounds simultaneously familiar and fresh. Hints of classic arena rock, power pop, sleazy glam, proto punk, gut bucket blues and even some country honk serve as backdrop to Allen's unique story telling. Its pure rock and roll, the kind they don't make anymore. Listen to Greg Allen's Fringe Religion and restore your faith in rock and roll.
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