Tomorrow night, March 23, New York City rockers Wildstreet return to the Steel Mill Bar and Grille in Martins Ferry. They'll be joined by popular local 80s band Tongue 'N Cheek and special opening act All Ends Well. The show begins at 9 p.m.
Friday's show marks Wildstreet's third visit to the Steel Mill. Lead vocalist Eric Jayk noted that the group really enjoys playing there. "Every show we played was great. We love playing with our friends Tongue 'N Cheek," Jayk said. "We get a positive response from fans, and people keep requesting for us to come back. It's a great place."
Jayk describes the group as "New York City rock and roll," and they've certainly acquired plenty of recognition as of late. The tracks on their second album, "Wildstreet IIFasterLouder," released in January 2011, have been used on E! Entertainment's Married to Rock, TBS's Glory Daze, MTV's Real World Las Vegas, VH1's Saddle Ranch, and in the trailer for THQ's WWE All-Stars videogame. The band has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and recently completed several shows at SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas. Wildstreet will also be performing at Rocklahoma 2012 in Pryor, Okla. along side such rock legends as Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot, Creed, and many more.
Their latest single, Easy Does It, was written in a few hours, according to Jayk. "The band loved it," he said of the song. "It took five days to record. We even worked overnight, from 6 p.m. to noon the next day no breaks. I think it's the best recording we've done so far. The drums and guitars sound great, and the vocals and backgrounds are slamming." The band filmed and released a video for the song, which also proved to be wildly popular. "Response to the video from the industry, online and radio is overwhelmingly positive," Jayk stated. "There were over 20,000 hits on YouTube after the first week."
The four members of Wildstreet - Eric Jayk, Ian MacPherson, Aaron Joos and Ali Hassan aren't trying to imitate any other bands or parade as a cover band. As Jayk said, they are "just trying to be Wildstreet." He calls them an authentic rock and roll band that like to give people something larger than life, something that allows people to escape the rigors of daily life and recall the bands and music they really loved when they were in high school. And fans will not walk away from the show feeling disappointed. Dino Valentino of Tongue 'N Cheek described Wildstreet's show as "energetic, exciting, fun, dirty, sexy, groovy, and easy on the eyes."
Making his debut as the drummer of Wildstreet will be Imperial, Pa.'s own Justin Walker. Walker, at the age of 16, is somewhat of a drumming prodigy. He currently plays with Zero Fame out of Pittsburgh, and hopes to join Wildstreet permanently in the future.
To hear Wildstreet's music or watch their two latest videos, Easy Does It and Poison Kiss, visit their official website wildstreetmusic.com, or find them on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.
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