Featuring JOHN LAW of \"The Rock and Roll Acid Test\" on Fuse!
STATUES OF LIBERTY are:
JOHN LAW - LITTLE STRINGS
PRINCE HAL - BIG STRINGS
HITOMI - SKINS
The Statue of Liberty stands in the middle of New York Bay, right out in front of the whole town, at New York City\'s gates. She holds a light so all approaching will see and come. She welcomes all who seek refuge from the storms and rough waters, all who hope for something better, all who want to be free.
She is a true New York City girl. She came from France, but came to New York City. It is not the capitol of the United States of America, but it is the capitol of Earth. She welcomes it all, because she wants it all. This is the place where artists come to make their art, and businessmen come to make their billions. Some are discovered here and some are lost. Where killers hunt their prey and saviors pray for their souls. Some come to live and some come to die. She welcomes all.
I walk into the room. This is New York City, raw. There is no hipster dress-code. There is everything else though. An eclectic audience, crowds the stage. Mohawks, dreadlocks, baseball caps, big hair, and bangs. Their heads bob in unison. The beat is simple, but it\'s heavy, big, and loud. Wicked. Can that tiny, little, Japanese girl in the sailor uniform, up on stage behind the drum kit really be responsible for this massive beating I hear? Wicked. There is a big man on stage next to her. More like a man-boy. He has humble good looks, but he\'s dressed like a hick, and he dances like a clown. He braces himself, planting his legs apart on the stage, and proceeds to dig into one of the meanest bass riffs I\'ve ever heard. The crowd erupts with hoots and cheers. There is another man across the stage from him, he approaches the microphone, stepping into the spotlight. You can feel the desire oozing from the female and some male members of the audience. This shirtless hunk behind the guitar is one handsome bastard. He opens his mouth softly, almost whispering, his facial expressions conveying the message more than his words.
\"Some girls are fancy, in their summer clothes, some girls have a whole lotta love, but nobody knows.\"
His eyes are electric, the crowd is singing along.
\"I think they\'re beautiful, every one I see, every one of them is beautiful, they\'re beautiful to me.\"
The guitar, the missing ingredient, arrives like an anvil dropped from the sky and all three musicians lead the crowd shouting, \"I think they\'re beautiful, beautiful to me!\"
Allow me to introduce you to STATUES OF LIBERTY.
The high energy punk songs are fast, and they come fast. One song ends, but they\'re already counting off the next one. The music sounds so familiar. The hooks just catch you, but the sound is not derivative or revival. It\'s fresh and new. They feel like a punk favorite, but you know you\'ve never heard anything quite like it before. New audience members have been known to hear one chorus, and by the next chorus sing along. Their songs can be extremely funny as well. These three know how to have fun. Their rap \"Jiggle Bum\" leaves guffawing party-goers gasping for air.
Their unique sound comes from a long friendship. John Law (guitar and lead vocals) and Prince Hal (bass and backing vocals) grew up in the same small Hudson Valley town. There was no Main Street, just woods and dirt roads. Too young to drive legally, the instant they discovered the freedom and escape of the train, they were travelling down to New York City every chance they got. They headed straight to CBGBs, The Rock Hotel, and The Ritz, where they saw the likes of Black Flag, Motorhead, Suicidal Tendencies, The Circle Jerks and many more. When they weren\'t at an infamous Sunday Hardcore Matinee, they were in their parents\' barn or garage, banging on their instruments, trying to emulate the music that made them feel so free, and laying the ground work for a life-long pursuit of musical expression and freedom.
After years apart, John and Hal met back up in New York City. Hal joined John\'s band, BANANA FISH ZERO, and the two made a name for themselves creating their own brand of bad-ass punk rock, and packing downtown venues like The Trash Bar, Arlene\'s Grocery, Continental, Brownies, Meow Mix, Sin-e, CBGBs, and Roseland Ballroom.
Now with the addition of Hitomi (drums and backing vocals) they are unstoppable. She came all the way from Japan to New York City to play drums. The daughter of a famous Japanese drummer, she has rhythm in her veins.
STATUES OF LIBERTY are constantly on tour. They\'ve travelled from Maine to Florida, from Long Island to California. If you are lucky, they will come to a town near you soon.