The Split Squad, Bitch Face (Members of The Golden Palominos, the Pogues, The Baseball Project), Paul Collins' Beat

The Split Squad

Bitch Face (Members of The Golden Palominos, the Pogues, The Baseball Project)

Paul Collins' Beat

Pale Moon Gang

Thu · June 7, 2018

7:00 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Split Squad
The Split Squad
Conceived over cocktails, wine, and beers in 2011, The Split Squad is one of those "perfect storm" rock and roll bands that comes from a bunch of musicians who have done it all and have nothing to prove. While that may sound a bit boastful, the pedigree here covers about 140 years of collective rock and roll experience, from the most rarified of concert halls, down to the seediest of underground shit holes. These guys have both reveled and wallowed in it:

Eddie Munoz: Most famously known as the flash guitarist from LA's legendary Plimsouls, Eddie has more recently been spotted in Magic Christian (alongside Flamin' Groovies legend Cyril Jordan) and PA's power pop stalwarts Parallax Project. Eddie's "chaos theory" approach to rock and roll guitar is unique and immediately recognizable, yet squarely rooted in the timeless swagger of The Stones and The Yardbirds.

Clem Burke: Arguably one of the greatest living rock and roll drummers on the planet, Dr. Burke (Google that…it's cool) boasts a resume that starts at CBGB's in the 70's and ends at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a founding member of Blondie and a highly sought-after session musician, Clem has experienced nearly every aspect of the music business, but still has more passion to "climb in the van and take it to the fans" than most musicians half his age. To put it bluntly, there is no one on Earth like Clem…

Michael Giblin: Bassist/singer Giblin is the mad scientist behind The Split Squad, having assembled the project after his current band, Parallax Project, had crossed paths with all of the others on various tours and recording projects. Known in underground pop circles as a member of the much loved 90's power pop trio Cherry Twister, Giblin has spent many years toiling away in the bowels of the music biz as a session bassist, band leader, producer, and generally good guy.

Keith Streng: Known far and wide as a founding member of one of rock and roll's greatest (and longest running) institutions, The Fleshtones, guitarist Streng sets a standard for passion and dedication that few are able to follow. 30 years on (and counting), The Fleshtones remain one of rock's greatest "sure things": never a bad show; never an off night. They are as dependable as they are exciting. His rock-solid musicianship, combined with his high-wire stage antics, combine to anchor one of rock's most joyful live experiences. He's had books written about him, and documentaries shot on him. In a word…an institution.

Josh Kantor: Keyboardist Josh Kantor brings the wildest diversity to the mix. As a member of Boston's Jim's Big Ego, and the critically acclaimed supergroup The Baseball Project (featuring members of The Dream Syndicate and R.E.M.), Josh has rubbed elbows with a number of rock luminaries, but he still manages to find time to excel at his day job, which just happens to be as the organist for The Boston Red Sox. Yes, THOSE Boston Red Sox. As such, Josh possesses a skill level and musical vocabulary that few can match.

The group came together in Boston in the summer of 2012 to record an album, which ended up being a raucous and hilarious good time. Produced by Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), the album features guest appearances by McCaughey, fellow rock & Roll Hall of Famer Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), and Mike Gent (The Figgs). The resulting set of songs is a spirited and diverse trip through the influences and record collections of a ridiculously experienced set of musicians. And man, you should have heard all the stories….

Ladies and gentlemen….The Split Squad…
Paul Collins' Beat
Paul Collins' Beat
The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he joined songwriter Jack Lee and bassist Peter Case to form The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning US punk rock scene, independently releasing their own 4 song EP which included the classic “Hanging on the Telephone,” later to become a hit for Blondie.

After The Nerves disbanded in 1977, Collins moved to LA and formed The Beat with bassist Steve Huff, drummer Mike Ruiz and lead guitarist Larry Whitman. Their friend Eddie Money recommended The Beat for management by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. Under new management, The Beat toured with The Police, The Jam and Joe Jackson. They also made numerous TV appearances and recorded their debut self-titled album with producer Bruce Botnick (who had produced The Doors). The album featured Beatles and Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy choruses, defining the skinny-tied power pop which The Knack took to the charts. In the ’90s, The Beat re-formed as Paul Collins’ Beat and continues to write and tour.
Pale Moon Gang
Pale Moon Gang
"PALE MOON GANG reflects the raw aggressiveness and tender underbelly of
New York, the city they call home. With riffs that grab you and won't let
go, the GANG creates a smoldering energy that rides on a wave of pure

Lead vocalist/guitarist Richard Dev Greene was born and raised in New York
City. His playground, downtown's Lower East Side, afforded him an
experience few aspiring rockers ever get - exposure to NYC's raw,
rebellious, punk rock scene. From that point on, Greene knew he had but
one calling in life. This destiny led his first band, Pale Face Of Youth,
to the doorstep of fame. After being spotted at CBGB, Pale Face was
offered an opening spot for The CLASH, a band whose audiences routinely
crucified opening acts. Yet, this was not the case with Pale Face, who
went over so well they were offered two more shows on what turned out to
be The Clash's farewell tour. This honor lead to opening slots for other
legends like PIL, The Cramps, Billy Idol and The Ramones.

Around this time, a fourteen year old Luke Miller happened to cross paths
with Greene at the now legendary Saint Marks Bar. After an initial
confrontation, fueled by drink and teen-aged macho posturing, the two
bonded in their mutual mania for rock'n'roll. They danced and thrashed to
songs by the Sex Pistols, Iggy, and the Clash and as each song entered
their bloodstream like the same drug, they knew a lifelong friendship was
brewing. A few weeks later Miller went to see Pale Face perform and was
blown away. In his journal he recalls, ""Greene glided across the stage
like James Brown and attacked his guitar with the ferociousness of Joe
Strummer"". He felt the only thing missing was himself onstage with Greene.
At the time, the only instrument Miller could play was the radio, but this
was soon to change. Greene spent weeks teaching Miller bass guitar and
soon their musical lives together had begun. Their personal connection
produced great music and an intense onstage chemistry...but intense
chemistry often has unintended consequences. A fanatical devotion to punk
ideology combined with a few arrests, too much junkie business and more
than a dash of cold gin, led their then manager to declare these boys
""unmanageable"". Indeed they were, and with their mission sidetracked, they
went their separate ways.

Time heals all wounds. Miller came to Greene in 2004 with a proposition:
reform the band in attitude and energy, but with a new sound. Thus, PALE
MOON GANG was born. The startling compliment to their sound comes from
Brian Wolfe, an amazingly skilled drummer and true southern gentleman, who
transforms onstage into the brilliant, manic ""Wolfman"". They performed
their debut show at the place it all started, CBGB, and their mission
began anew.

When watching Greene and Miller perform, you feel as if you're seeing
their story unfold. Their wildly fluid and untamed onstage rapport
captivates audiences and makes them true believers, just as Greene did for
Miller that first time.

PALE MOON GANG is recording a new album at Brooklyn's Excello Studios.
Their current sound evolves from heavy bass hooks, driving beats, and
sinewy guitar passion, coupled with lyrics that dive in deep. It's a sound
that burrows inside you and makes itself home. That's alright, this is
tribal music medicine that makes it all better"
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003