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Rubber City Rebels

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The Rubber City Rebels are cult legends from Ohio. Part of the class of ‘77 that included Devo, The Dead Boys Pere Ubu and others. Musically they align with the other seventies bands that had solid, hard rock roots before transitioning to Punk, New Wave and Power Pop. These bands include the Sex Pistols, The Vibrators, Ramones, The Dead Boys, The Dictators and Radio Birdman. Whereas later punk outfits might claim The Clash as an influence. These bands would more likely cite Alice Cooper, The Stooges, The Flamin’ Groovies, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer and the “Nuggets” one hit wonders like 13th Floor Elevators, The Troggs and The Amboy Dukes.

The Rubber City Rebels, although not as well remembered as many of their colleagues from the era, have an amazing history that continues to play out to this very day. Many of their contemporaries are unfortunately unable to tour at all, much less put on a compelling show. Not so the Rebels. They have toured the US, EU and Japan consistently since 2001, and garnered rave reviews, articles and audience appreciation all over the world. They have also released new product since 2003 that has resulted in a whole new generation of fans. In 2003 the band released a new album of 12 songs on the Smog Veil label. The title track “I Wanna Pierce My Brain” was included on the Tony Hawk Underground soundtrack and was featured in Activision’s national television spot for the new game during it’s pre christmas ad blitz.

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