THE LIFTERS consist of four battle hardened Texas musicians, each of which have an extensive history in local and national bands.
TOMMY MACK (vox/guitar)
BILLY CHAINSAW (bass, vox)
JOE EDDY (lead guitar)
KENNY WAGNER (drums).
What The Austin Chronicle says about THE LIFTERS:
"Combining the sneering no-futurism of Social Distortion with the balls-out Southern rock affectations of Black Oak Arkansas Austin's Lifters manage to make the formula come alive in all its skyward-fisted glory. The quartet pays homage to classic country with a cowpunk cover of Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," but they head straight for the garage to celebrate the alluringly dangerous mythos of Roller Derby culture on "Roller Queen."
BY GREG BEETS -Austin Chronicle 9-16-06
Together they have crafted a sound have been called "Rock, Country and Texas all in one " but, THE LIFTERS are a hard one to peg. With obvious rock, country and americana influences they successfully blend the three seamlessly and are still able to stick to the essential ingredients for all genres ...songs about girls, cars, Texas and ...hotel rooms?!.
With all the above listed influences THE LIFTERS have crafted a sound have been called "Rock, Punk and Texas Trash all in one " but, THE LIFTERS are a hard one to peg. With obvious country and rock influences they blend the two seamlessly and still stick to the essential ingredients for both genres ...songs about girls cars and ...hotel rooms?!.
"THE LIFTER$ prove to be the perfect soundtrack for wrenchin' on yer ride or beatin down that snotty neighbor kid and takin his lunch money" -Rank and Review Magazine-
THE LIFTERS started out in 2001 and have since released two CD's, both On Austin label Killingbird records and have played regularly all over Austin.
Soon the guys were a staple on the local rock circuit and have even appeared on a cable TV Rock and Roll cooking show!
THE LIFTERS released "Texas Trash" in 2005 on local record label KILLINGBIRD to positive reviews in the USA and abroad. The single "She's A Devil" was in heavy rotation in Brazil and Argentina prompting plans for a future tour of both country's. Included on the new CD are two country standards 'Make Believe' by Conway Twitty and "Mama Tried' by Merle Haggard that have a considerable rockin' edge that has synonymous with the bands 'Big Rock Sound'. Mama Tried was actually played (once!) on Austin's biggest country radio station KVET much to the delight of the band and the dismay of the regular KVET audience!
"You can get airplay on rock radio stations in Austin but, to sneak one on KVET like that, is a real killer!" -THE LIFTERS
THE LIFTERS have a street rock/Texas sound that's had them compared to Hank lll, Social Distortion, Joe Ely, The Hangmen and ZZ Top.
Make no mistake THE LIFTERS mix of Mexican food, Lone Star Beer, boozy dames, and a "hell yeah!" attitude are pure Texas, and right on time.
CHECK OUT THE LIFTERS!!
-RANK AND REVIEW MAG.-
THE LIFTER$...Johnny Thunders meets Johnny Ramone (Tommy Mack and Joe Eddy.)guitars held together by a tighter than a gnats ass stretched over a rain barrel rhythm section. With songs like ROOM 99 and SHE'S A DEVIL...THE LIFTER$ prove to be the perfect soundtrack for wrenchin'' on yer ride or beating down that snotty neighbor kid and taking his lunch money.Snarling his way through Conway Twittys "It's Only Make Believe" TMack proves his roots grow deeper than the East coast soil that spawned THE LIFTER$ more obvious influences...Their short set left me wanting a another song...and another beer.
Jump up out of your chair and go immediately to see The Lifters play. Take my word for it they will put you in a good mood and get you grooving. This impressive band plays a real blend of Texas punk rock that makes you sing and dance. Austin natives T. Mack (guitar and vocals), Joe Eddy (guitar), Chainsaw (bass), and Kenny Wagner (drums) play music meant for Austinites. Sometimes they felt a little country, a little blues, and sometimes they felt like rock and roll with some cool punk rock all thrown together. From the minute they started playing they impressed me and made me notice them. This band produces a very unpretentious sound and it seems as if they just want to have a good time and hope everyone else does too. My favorite song, "Red White Black and Blue" teems with simplicity and fun. A catchy song right from the start to finish, trust me, before the song finishes you will be singing right along and bopping your head. Check out their website thelifters.net or myspace.com/thelifters for all the latest news, pictures, gigs, and sounds. -Misty Sweet-