The Schizophonics are, in one word, EXPLOSIVE. Their frenzied live performances tap into the same unstoppable combination of rock ‘n’ roll energy and showmanship that fueled the MC5 in the heyday of the Grande Ballroom. When they hit the stage, they grab your attention and don’t let go. They’ve built up a formidable reputation in their home base of San Diego and a fervent following among locals. “One of my favorite live bands ever!” proclaims Tim Mays, who has run the Casbah for over 25 years and seen literally thousands of live bands come through his doors in that time. “The Schizophonics bring the goods every time they play,” he enthuses. “Pat Beers is like a cross between Jimi Hendrix and James Brown – yelping, wailing, shralping the guitar with his left hand while gyrating all over the place; Kyle joins in the mayhem on bass and Lety keeps it real behind the kit.”
But the Schizophonics are more than just an outstanding live act, they’re also committed to writing great, memorable songs, a skill singer/guitarist Pat Beers has continued to hone, channeling such influences as Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Sonics, the Stooges, the MC5, James Brown, and Little Richard.
Pat and drummer Lety Beers first met in Casa Grande, Arizona, before pulling up stakes and moving to San Diego in 2008. They formed the Schizophonics the following year, and have worked tirelessly since then, playing literally hundreds of live shows up and down the West Coast, and further afield. A 2013 tour of Spain with El Vez – who had recruited them as his backing group – resulted in the group’s first record release, a three-song 7” EP on the Munster label. In December 2014 they took their act to an arena-sized venue for 91X’s Wrex the Halls concert, on a bill that also included Billy Idol, Spoon, Cage the Elephant, and Interpol. Afterwards 91X program director Mike Halloran declared them, “The most exciting band I have seen in many, many years. They must be seen to be believed.”
In July 2015 the Schizophonics’ second single, “Put Your Weight On It” b/w “Red Planet,” was released on the Ugly Things label. This summer they started work on their debut album at Earthling Studios with producer Mike Kamoo. Their future plans also include a European tour in September and October, this time taking in Spain, Italy, France and England.
Drawing comparisons with the likes of The Growlers, The Cramps, Love, The Coral and The Fat White Family; The 99 Degree’s music gives a nod to Surf, Psych, Rockabilly, 60’s Garage Rock, Spaghetti Westerns and Horror soundtracks.
“The 1950’s surf/spaghetti western guitar sound permeates the tracks; this band are definitely ones to watch” Louder Than War
“Their joyful chaos sometimes evokes the early sound of The Coral while some imagine them already direct competitors of London’s Fat White Family” POPnews (France)
“Something is rumbling up North… sweeping the indie boys aside on the Manchester scene, The 99 Degree are making waves with their psych/surf take on 60’s based garage punk” Interview with Dayz Of Purple and Orange
“Dead or Alive sounds like ‘Kashmir’ as played by The Cramps” From a review of our show with The Fall by Local Sound Focus
“With a vocalist that resembles a deranged wild eyed preacher from the old west. They play a reverb drenched set of garage rock crossed with the soundtrack from a trashy spaghetti western” – From a review of our show with Kid Congo by The Punk Site Facebook Soundcloud Twitter
3 lads from Doncaster making some loud noise. We’re all about Blues, Grunge, Acid, soul, pop, Acid, and all things weird. Starting and always belonging in Doncaster, we are now based in Manchester always writing new material and always playing. We wont stop until people stop worrying about the next most terrible thing that hasn’t even happened yet. Times are hard, everything is changing and still at the end of all the worrying we’re all going to die. So, lets enjoy ourselves whilst we still can. With loud music, piss stained T shirts, pre drinks, romance, hangovers, comedowns, bad mates, bad breath and lots and lots of love.
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