Bad City

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Bad City
Origin Chicago, USA
Genres Hard Rock
Glam Metal
Years active 2010–2011
Labels Atlantic Records
Website www.badcitymusic.com
Past members Josh Caddy
Tom Schleiter
Kevin Kane
Max Perenchio
Jake Serek
Rich Vallone
Alec Cyganowski

Bad City was a five-piece power rock band from Chicago, Illinois. They were signed to Atlantic Records. The band released their debut album Welcome to the Wasteland, produced by Grammy Award nominated producer Johnny K, on August 24, 2010.[1][not in citation given]

History[edit]

While technically formed in early 2010, the evolution of the group began in 2008 when Chicago-based band Powerspace, including members Kevin Kane and Tom Schleiter, recruited Chicago natives Max Perenchio and Jake Serek as touring musicians. Just before the breakup of Powerspace, Perenchio and Schleiter began writing songs together for a new project. Temecula, California vocalist Josh Caddy soon finalized the lineup which became Bad City. The band takes its name from its experiences writing and recording the album in an unfavorable neighborhood in the west side of Chicago.[2] Explained in an interview, "We were chased by gangs, constantly harassed by the dead-looking street people, even the kids out there are nasty. Don’t get me wrong, I love the city, but it is a bad city." [3][dead link]

After completion of their debut album, the band gained the attention of Billy Corgan. Describing the band as a "super fresh take on the Rock", he invited the band onto the Smashing Pumpkins 2010 Summer tour.[4][not in citation given] In August 2010, KISS frontman Paul Stanley noticed the band's song "Call Paul Stanley" and further endorsed the band, calling their album "an absolute knockout and the best album I've heard in ages. A killer, cohesive album of great rock and bombastic production that has been sorely missing. Every track is a winner and Bad City raises the bar out of most band's reach. It's really that good".[5][not in citation given] After a midwest tour with Hinder, the band continued supporting "Welcome to the Wasteland" on another tour with The Smashing Pumpkins, followed by Canadian and West Coast shows with Slash.[6] Bad City performed the theme song, "Fight as One", for the Marvel Entertainment animated television series, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

In June 2011, it was announced that Bad City had parted ways with their vocalist, Josh Caddy. Former Powerspace vocalist, Alec Cyganowski replaced Josh on tour.[7]

In December 2011, Bad City played a farewell show in Chicago.

Currently, guitar player Tom Schleiter is living in L.A., successfully producing, writing, and mixing music at his studio: STUDIO AMERICA under the pseudonym 'Tommy English'. Drummer Kevin Kane is completing his degree at the University of Akron. Max Perenchio, and Jake Serek have started a band called The Gold Web.

Musical Style[edit]

Bad City is praised and criticized alike for its anachronistic mixture of various rock genres including 70s KISS and Alice Cooper inspired hard rock, ambitious 90s alternative rock such as Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden, 80s-style sleaze metal, 2000-era riff-rock oriented bands such as The White Stripes, and power pop a la Cheap Trick .[8][9] Regarding influences, Caddy said, "We took influences from all our favorite bands which happen to be from different decades, modernized it and brought it to a new level." [10] Upon the release of Welcome to the Wasteland many critics pinned the band as Hair Metal, Perenchio responded, "I think it’s a semantic issue. I think people hear harmonized guitar solos, big hooks, and gang vocals and quickly assume Hair Metal for convenience sake. Its just a label, its not a big deal. When I think of Hair Metal I think of a very cookie-cutter period that lifted the aesthetic value of Ratt’s Out of the Cellar and drove it into the depths of decadence. I don’t really associate Bad City with that, and our hair isn’t nearly big enough."

Original Members[edit]

  • Josh Caddy - Lead Vocals
  • Tom Schleiter - Guitar
  • Kevin Kane - Drums
  • Jake Serek - Bass
  • Max Perenchio - Guitar

Later Members[edit]

  • Alec Cyganowski - Lead Vocals
  • Rich Vallone - Guitar
  • Rich Lombardo - Drums
  • Jake Serek - Bass
  • Max Perenchio - Guitar

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atlantic Records, Atlantic Records Signs Bad City. Atlantic Records via Earthtimes.org. Accessed June 25, 2010.[not in citation given]
  2. ^ AbsolutePunk.net, Powerspace Members Form Bad City. AbsolutePunk. Accessed June 25, 2010.
  3. ^ FeedTheBeat.com, Bad City Gets Thumbs Up from Paul Stanley and Billy Corgan. FeedTheBeat. Accessed November 23, 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ SmashingPumpkins.com, A Note from Billy. Billy Corgan. Accessed June 25, 2010.[not in citation given]
  5. ^ PaulStanley.com Paul Stanley News Paul Stanley. Accessed August 30th, 2010.[not in citation given]
  6. ^ Setlist.fm Bad City Tour Statistics: Slash 2010 World Tour.
  7. ^ Alternative Press Bad City Replace Vocalist. Alternative Press. Accessed June 27th, 2011.
  8. ^ About.com [1] About.com. Accessed September 3rd, 2010.
  9. ^ ArtistDirect.com [2] ArtistDirect.com Accessed September 3rd, 2010.
  10. ^ Rock Eyez Interview with Josh Caddy. Rockeyez.com. Accessed November 23rd, 2010.
  11. ^ Welcome to the Wasteland - Bad City - Billboard.com

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