About

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Clownfight came together in early 2009, out of the ashes of ‘Puppet Show’… which gracefully never saw the light of day.  We were a six piece, and then a four piece, I think.  Currently, as of late 2011, we are reforming as a 3 piece.  * it is now 2012, and we are a 3 piece.   Dave went here, please go support him.  He remains a close friend, and musical ally.  He is still gigging on bass.

You can find live music samples here

http://www.myspace.com/clownfightmusic – I don’t think this is being updated any longer.  In fact, I don’t even remember the passwords.  However, Justin Timberlake bought it (myspace) and is turning it into a music venue.  So, maybe we will be back there. * update on the update > the old page is still up with music samples.  I lost the password, so I can’t update it.  However, there are still some cool live samples there.

and updates and tons of photos over at our facebook page

anyhow, we are for hire…  like all bands.  We are completely self contained (monitors, pa’s, mixing board… etc).  We have played weddings, block parties, and even a stabbing.  So, yes… we will do your show, too.  Drop me (Kevin) a line here – IamCorrect at gmail.com

The band consists of

* update.  There are two new guys.  Critical and awesome and roughly as ugly as we are.  I will have pics and bios of them soon.  Like the Rolling Stones, it is really tough to get 5 guys together that have lives, wives, and jobs.

Justin Ross – lead guitar and vox  

Justin was born of musical stock… too bad it mostly skipped him… influenced by his musical heritage – Phyllis Ross Cello Los Angeles Philharmonic ~ 1948 – 1988, Great Uncle Harris Green Jazz Trombone various bands of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, Douglass Green music professor Texas A&M, etc… Justin pursued classical instruments, playing violin, viola, and cello in local orchestras.  Then during a tragic cellist bumping incident Justin’s prize violin was damaged and his classical dreams were crushed along with the neck and scroll of his violin.  Justin took up guitar at the age of 14, playing basic metal and hard rock (as 14 year olds did in the 80’s).  However through research of some of his favorite classic rock bands, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin etc… Justin was exposed to the blues.  The blues helped shape Justin’s musical stylings from then on… ever looking for quality musicianship yet still having a modern attitude about lyrics, Justin found Ska, Ska Punk, modern swing, and various other music genre’s to continue driving the creative concepts.  Bands like Brian Setzer Orchestra, Cherry Poppin Daddy’s, NOFX, and Mighty Mighty Bosstones became staples of Justin’s music collection right next to Lead belly, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, B B King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, etc…

After a 10 year break in playing guitar Justin joined Dave and Dan in the psychedelic jazz experimental group “Puppet Show” aka “The Cellar Dwellers” (No – its’ Cellar Dwellers – Then Puppet Show!!) as a rhythm guitarist.  Completely lacking rhythm, as the now infamous “ClownFight” was being formed, Dan and Dave asked Justin to move to the lead guitar role to maximize the impact of his “tone freak” tendancies.  Driving the tones in Justin’s playing is a classic re-issue Fender Blues Deluxe Tube amp, with a TS-9 tube screamer and Dunlop Wah pedal… Keeping the effects simple to maximize impact of the beauty and quality of raw sound!  Justin’s recent bout with “GAS” (Guitar Aquisition Syndrome) seems to have gone into remission with a small collection of trade tools – Epiphone Les Paul, Fender Telecaster Thin-Line, and Fender standard Stratocaster.  The purchase of several guitar lessons from world famous Damon Wood, is beginning to show through a new ability to actually play a lead in the key of the song… Everyone is very excited to see where this guitarslinger is going to take the modern cover band genre!

Kevin Lang – rhythm guitar, bass, and vox

Kevin plays rhythm guitar bass guitar back to rhythm guitar and does some vocals for the band.  He is from Phoenix, AZ, and works for the man.  His musical influences are Bob Dylan, Metallica, and the Grateful Dead.  His main guitar is a custom made Jerry Garcia ‘Tiger’ replica.  his backup electric is a Fender ‘Fat Strat’ Stratocaster.  (sold the strat to get the new bass) His bass is a Yamaha rbx260.  My bass is a Ibanez SDK 500.  He was raised by feral circus monkeys, and is terrified of the number 3.  You can reach him at IamCorrect at gmail.com – at press time he also handles bookings for the band, and all this web stuff.  He also thinks you look great in those jeans.  He lives in a little house on the prarie.  Also, thanks to the drummer, he now has a gun.  Oh, sometimes I wear a wig at shows.  When I do this, I only respond to the name ‘Nigel’, and I am serious.  I also don’t have a good answer for why this started in 3rd person and jumped to 1st person.  We think that is absurd.

Dan Kellison – drums, general whoring, and vox

Daniel Kellison is the drummer and back-up vocalist for Clown Fight.  He is the most flatulent member of the band. Daniel was half-born on February 29th, 19** in a small mountain cottage in Utah. His parents were both spiritual leaders in the new age Church of the Divinity Chocolates. Shortly after he was born, his family relocated to Colorado where he began a happy, yet bewildering childhood.

Musical influences for Daniel included a bizarre mixture of ancient Dorian chants, east African tribal religious hymns, marine mammal sounds, and cartoon theme songs. Despite this odd assortment of musical styles, Graham soon began to realize his passion for hitting things, leading him to take up the drums at age 10.

 

Tony Sharp – sax and vox

It’s that the name of Iron Man?  Let’s go with that, since I don’t have a bio for him handy.  Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark was born to Howard Anthony Stark and Maria Collins Carbonell Stark, owners of the prominent US firm, Stark Industries. As a boy, Tony was fascinated with building and controlling machines. At the age of 15 Tony entered the undergraduate electrical engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and graduated with two masters degrees by age 19. Tony went to work for Stark Industries, but showed more interest in living a reckless playboy lifestyle than using his engineering skills. At the age of 21, Tony inherited Stark Enterprises when his parents were killed in a car accident secretly orchestrated by rival corporation Republic Oil (later ROXXON). Still lacking in business acumen, Tony promoted secretary Virginia “Pepper” Potts to be his executive assistant and left the majority of his workload on her so that he could avoid what he saw as a burden.

Chris Michas – bass, guitar, vox

Chris is our most recent addition to the group, which means he is treated the most poorly at all times.  He has been with us about a year.  He plays bass, and a bit of acoustic and vocals as well.  He is also, thank god, our tech guy.  He wires up the system, and built both my guitar and his guitar.  He will build you a guitar, too.  Until I can I find a decent picture I don’t have to crop with my pain in the ass Mac, just know he is the one in the photo above with the rapey cop mustache.  Don’t worry, it’s gone now.

you may be thinking ‘isn’t Kevin on bass now?  I saw them play and he was on bass’.  First off, don’t ever question me on my own website.  You are correct, though.  I… er… he… started out on bass with the band.  Then, the bass player left.  So, we swapped over to bass for a couple years to keep the band going.  My passion, like all bass players, has always been guitar.  So, bringing Chris in freed me up to go back to guitar.

 

*** update – see how my picture is cool and everyone else looks like jackasses?  That is the beauty of being the guitarist and the webmaster!

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