SweetKiss Momma, out of Puyallup, WA (about 30 min. south of Seattle), is a band for the ages. Though they have been fittingly described as a "roots" or "southern" rock, those classifications fall short when you recognize the late-60's British invasion, 70's era jam band, and even early 80's metal that impressively seeps it's way into the "SKM" brew. Whether it be classic blues riffs, multi-part harmonies, funk-inspired breakdowns, or grandiose anthems, none are out of place in their dynamically capable hands. These guys obviously spent some time digesting their parent's record collections, and seem as though they would be right at home on a vinyl LP circa '74.
At the heart of their original material is a soulful bend that is completely genuine. These boys, who were raised on a steady diet of hymns and spirituals, skillfully combine aspects of this upbringing with the sunny-day vibe and playful bravado you would expect from a group just as concerned with rocking your socks off as any other article of clothing. Lyrically, "SKM" embraces such classic themes as; cheap love, costly loss, and afternoons spent wasting time, all with a slight wink to a naughty streak buried just under the surface.
If you have been longing to find others like you; lovers of honest music who still believe that Rock-n-Roll can help save the world, then let me introduce you to your new favorite band: SWEETKISS MOMMA.
SweetKiss Momma, the five-piece rock powerhouse hailing from rural Washington State, USA, comes charging right into the ears and hearts of music fanatics across the globe. Packing an authentic punch of rock, blues, and southern soul, they skillfully combine the raucousness of a wild Saturday night, with the dulcet harmonies of a sunny Sunday morning, and possess the rare ability to be both exhilaratingly fresh and comfortably familiar.
Lead singer Jeff Hamel, drummer Tyson Lickert, and guitarists Waid Hoyt and Aaron Arnold, first began playing together at their local church in the early part of the 2000’s (bassist Randy Jackson, a childhood friend of the guys, came aboard in the fall of 2009). After spending years solidifying a well-rounded musical foundation for themselves, each member has matured into a master of their respective craft, and together they meld into one amazingly cohesive unit. Although Jeff handles most of the lyrical and melodic duties, and lead guitarist Aaron crafts the majority of the riffs from which the songs are built, each member adds their own element to every song.
Their first performance came in the spring of 2008, and they soon released a three track, self-titled EP in August of the same year. While continuing to pick up steam like a well-oiled locomotive steam engine, the American roots rockers finally unveiled their debut full-length album in May 2010. “Revival Rock,” a twelve-song sonic phenomenon, deftly displays the vast world of each member’s talent.
With CDBaby handling their physical distribution, the LP has reached #1 in sales in both “Roots Rock” (it’s primary sub-genre) and “Southern Rock”( it’s secondary sub-genre), while intermittently climbing its way into the Top-10 on the overall sales charts (among 250,000+ artists). As the record continues to sail off the shelves, an increasing number of online and terrestrial radio stations, in a wide array of formats, have been spinning SweetKiss Momma tunes, garnering them new fans all over the world.
While the “SKM” machine continues to achieve extraordinary heights on its own, maintaining a completely independent and self-financed operation, the band says that they would not “shy away” from the marketing, distribution, and tour support afforded by a record label.
SweetKiss Momma consistently wows audiences with their dynamic live performances, and with comparisons ranging from such legends as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers, to contemporary stars like The Black Crowes and Kings of Leon, you can’t help but smile when you hear how genuinely honest these guys are in representing their influences. Check out their official website or social networking sites for streaming audio, further news, and additional information.
SEATTLE-TACOMA BASED ROOTS ROCK
POWERHOUSE SWEETKISS MOMMA BECOMES
AN INTERNATIONAL SENSATION—AND A TOP
TEN SALES FORCE ON CD BABY—WITH THEIR
EXPLOSIVE FULL LENGTH DEBUT
An international internet radio sensation, and one of CD Baby’s top selling bands since the release of their full length debut album Revival Rock, five piece Roots Rock powerhouse SweetKiss Momma proves that explosive, high octane Southern-style rock-n-roll can come from anywhere—even the Pacific Northwest.
While making the rounds of the club scene in Seattle/Tacoma, front man Jeff Hamel and his cohorts from Puyallup, are selling a surprising number of records across Europe thanks to new distribution deals with Just For Kicks Music, Barchen Records, and Sonic Rendezvous, and are hoping to do the same within North America. Revival Rock, hailed by GreatIndieMusic.com as “A Rootsy, Southern Soul-tinged, instant classic”, is the follow-up to their self-titled EP released in 2008. The album has reached #1 in sales on both the “Roots Rock” and “Southern Rock” charts via CD Baby.com, and at several points, rose into the Top-10 on the overall sales chart (among the 250,000+ artists using CDBaby). The lyrically honest, musically raw, and wholly organic 12-track musical juggernaut is cultivating a large and loyal following, easily endearing fans ranging from lovers of classic Southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers, to those who enjoy the more modern, earthy sounds of bands such as The Black Crowes and Kings of Leon. Songs from Revival Rock have been featured on terrestrial and internet radio stations ranging from alternative to country to classic rock. SweetKiss Momma’s “PopScore” via Jango.com has consistently been among the highest, and their music has been featured on the web incarnation of famed Americana/Roots periodical No Depression.
As one fan posted on the band’s CD Baby page: “This album feels like a great Saturday night out—good friends, a couple of shots of your favorite Bourbon, a few too many ice cold beers, and the pending specter of questionable choices”. Packing an authentic punch of rock, blues, and southern soul, SweetKiss Momma—which also includes drummer Tyson Lickert, guitarists Aaron Arnold and Waid Hoyt, and bassist Randy Jackson—skillfully combine the raucousness of that Saturday night with the sweet harmonies of a sunny Sunday morning—making their music feel both exhilaratingly fresh and intimately familiar.
The effortless flow and crackling chemistry of the members of SweetKiss Momma comes from the bond that formed while these guys grew up playing in their local church. They developed their impressive chops on the classic spirituals and gospel they played at the multiple weekly services, and from this base, the four founding members (Hamel, Lickert, Arnold, Hoyt) began developing their blues rock vibe. After a decision to try their hand at some original material, and months of woodshedding in Hamel’s living room, they played their first local gig in 2008, and have since taken the stage at such venerable Northwest venues as the Tractor Tavern, Jazzbones, The Showbox, El Corazon, and the Sunset Tavern, and traveled to Austin for a slew of showcases during SXSW 2010. During this time, they have opened for such luminaries as Molly Hatchet, Jeff Cook (Alabama), The Supersuckers, and Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Ventures.
Recorded at Seattle’s Orbit Audio (famed for it’s collection of vintage recording gear), Revival Rock was crafted solely using analog equipment, including a Trident 80-B Series mixing console once owned by Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. In fact, Duff’s framed platinum record for GNR’s classic “Use Your Illusion” hung prominently overhead as the guys recorded and mixed. The artwork for the album, designed by renowned poster artist Adam Turman, provides the package the same vintage feel as the music it holds.
Driven by a relentless, yet at times cool and sensual mix of blues-rock with gospel undertones, Revival Rock also highlights the band’s exceptional songwriting, which is driven by the delicate balance of Arnold’s powerful riffs and Hamel’s raw, honest lyricism. Among the most popular tracks so far are the gritty, hard edged jam “Son of the Mountain,” a strident observation about living in the overwhelmingly powerful shadow of Mount Rainier; the rowdy, high energy plea to a prospective lover “Mercy Love”; and the leisurely, horn-tinged ode to lazy afternoons “Slow Fade”.