Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner and The Simpsons creative director Dave Warren have assembled a new project that resembles a set-up akin to Gorillaz – an "animated" rock band called Pusherjones, featuring Kushner and Warren, singer Franky Perez (Camp Freddy and Scars On Broadway), bassist Scott Shriner (Weezer) and drummer Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age). The group's first single, "Count Me Out," was featured on the Hollywood Records soundtrack to the blockbuster film "Marvel's The Avengers".
Kushner describes the band's sound as "A cool riff-rock kinda thing. We're all influenced by everything from Zeppelin and Sabbath to newer bands," he says, adding that the lyrics for "Count Me Out" chronicle a fish-out-of-water story about the genesis of the band. "A lot of it has been based on different stuff that has happened to me or stuff I've heard being in Velvet Revolver for eight years," says Kushner. "It's basically about a big, notorious rock band, and there's a new guy that's coming into the band. You're basically seeing all of the dysfunction and insanity, and the things that make for great rock bands through the eyes of the new guy."
This is an animated series about the trials and tribulations of a famous rock band. "Basically, me and Dave Warren became friends through Don Bernstein, a dear friend of ours who used to buy all the memorabilia for the Hard Rock. Dave worked on the The Simpsons, and then he and I started talking about stories and different ideas. It eventually became an idea for a TV show, but then we thought, 'The music has to be as good as the animation.' We think it is and hopefully you do too.