The New Meanies- Highways
Here's a great little Canadian band that has now split up ( i think). I first saw them open for Alice Cooper in 1999 at Massey Hall and was blown away from the raw guitar sounds they had on stage. This is their second effort. I don't know what happened to this band, because I think they really had some talent. But the state of the recording biz, back in the late 90's, may have had something to do with it. Need I remind you of these freakin names - Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, Marc Anthony. The only heavy hit back then (and it wasn't THAT heavy) was "Scar Tissue". And that only reached NO. 34 on Billboard. So I guess these guys never really stood a chance. Rock was dead. D-E-A-D!...... in walmartworld!
The New Meanies, originally called the Blue Meanies, are a 4 piece rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba who formed around 1990. High school friends Damon Mitchell (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jeff Hondubura (guitar, vocals), Sky Onosson (bass, vocals, keyboards) and Jason Kane (drums, percussion) started playing blues-influenced rock
After releasing two independent albums, "Experience is Lost" and "The Blue Meanies", they toured extensively throughout Western Canada in the early 1990s. In 1996 the band signed with Virgin Records. The band changed its name to the New Meanies due to the existence of another Blue Meanies based in Chicago, and recorded a new album "Three Seeds" in the Los Angeles area with producer Howard Benson. The album was released in 1998, and the single "Letting Time Pass" achieved major airplay on radio and television.
In 2000, the band went indie again and released a new album, "Highways", in 2001. The New Meanies are currently performing sporadically while working towards a new release.
Posted by wino at Thursday, November 02, 2006