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Welcome Back Trash Cowboys

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments7 Comments

Posting for my friend and because I know how you guys love obscure Glam!

They say never have any regrets.

There was a time when rock band TRASH COWBOYS was oh-so-close to making it, a headliner a generation ago on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood at such famed clubs as the Roxy, the Whisky and Gazzarri’s. Led by wonder-boy guitarist Bradley Rude and Tommy Lee-style drummer Joey Durant, TRASH COWBOYS were at their best on stage, whipping sold-out crowds into a frenzy.

TRASH COWBOYS’ chorus-heavy sing-along songs were fortified with a dose of dirty sleaze that made the foursome a bit more daring than their contemporaries And like most of the success stories before them like Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue and Van Halen, the TRASH COWBOYS after-parties always got bigger and better until dawn.

If nothing else, TRASH COWBOYS lived up to their name and proved you don’t need a million-dollar recording contract to live like rock stars.

But then it all faded away.

There was no structure, no organization. A manager? Back then, Bradley Rude and Joey Durant were too busy having the time of their lives.

It was the iconic philosopher Henry David Thoreau who said “never look back unless you are planning to go that way,” and as things turned out, Rude and Durant reluctantly grew up, and each established himself in private business with the white-picket-fence and all that — but neither ever lost their passion for the music.

The hard truth was, the duo never shook off the regrets, never found closure in letting go of the great songs, the great musicianship, the great adulation of the band’s thousand or so fans fortunate enough to enjoy the fleeting comet that was TRASH COWBOYS.

It’s been a long time since the Hollywood streets have reclaimed rock and roll, and like a dream come true, TRASH COWBOYS — reformed and regrouped and re-invigorated with a hot-shot new singer named Eric Scott and rock-star-cool bassist Mark One — are taking one last shot at stardom.

This time, TRASH COWBOYS have wisdom and introspection in their corner, the overgrown boys of before having steeled themselves into worthy men. Plus, the years were not wasted, as Rude and Durant kept on practicing and writing and dreaming.

It’s the spring of 2013, and let the world welcome the new TRASH COWBOYS.

The songs will lodge themselves in your brain for days. The passion has reached a boiling point. Every player is primed and ready to take over the world and to give a finger to what popular music has sadly become – a de-evolution of all the things that had once made rock so mighty.

It’s a big job resurrecting big dreams, and TRASH COWBOYS want to bring it all back.

“I can remember being side by side with the Guns N’ Roses guys, passing out flyers on the Strip,” Rude said. “I ended up designing and building aircrafts, and I was very successful but hated every minute of it. I just had no passion for that.”

The great thinker Langston Hughes once said: “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

Joey Durant, who plays drums the way David Lee Roth probably would, knows just what it means to walk away from a dream, however reluctantly. But that does not mean you can’t turn back and start over again.

“I always felt like TRASH COWBOYS should have kept going,” Durant said. “I don’t even know the reasons anymore why we didn’t keep playing. It’s such a fog. But I know the potential for TRASH COWBOYS is outrageously good. I think there is a whole new avenue for us.”

As Durant puts it, everything happens in cycles.

“I walk down the street these days, and kids are wearing Motley Crue t-shirts and Led Zeppelin t-shirts,” Durant said. “I’m like, holy shit, it’s all coming back. The cycle is perfect for us. We’re in a perfect position to start over. We can start a whole new thing 20 years later because the new rock culture is going back to the roots.”

Scott, the god-voiced singer who somehow never made it big, has proved a huge addition. TRASH COWBOYS played a comeback show in January at the Grove in California, and the place went wild for the long-haired singer bursting with charisma. Scott has made the rounds as an up-and-comer metal front man on the East Coast, most notably for Hap Hazzard, and how this man was never scooped up by an arena act remains one of Rock’s great mysteries; once Scott clicked with Trash Cowboys, something magical happened.

TRASH COWBOYS can be the next Guns N’ Roses – the group they were most compared to back in the day – all over again starting now.

“When TRASH COWBOYS sent me the songs, I was really impressed,” Scott said. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime type thing. I couldn’t pass it up. It’s like the rebirth of the old scene. We’re just exploding on the scene. It’s sleaze rock all over again. And without a doubt, this is what the new crowd wants to hear.”

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Reader Comments (7)

Found the write up a bit cheesy (ie. "Joey Durant, who plays drums the way David Lee Roth probably would"...). What does that mean really?

Songs sound pretty alright though.
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRita
Rita, agreed, the write up is very cheesy. I'm actually finding this comment hard to write because I'm in my mid 40s, and

basically stuck in my own life rut, so I can identify with their desire to try to recapture the old days. On that level, I'm

pulling for them to be successful. Here's the problem though...They're really not that good. Their bio is writing checks

their music can't cash. I listened to their songs on reverb nation and was underwhelmed at best. To me, they sound kind of

like a Poison ripoff with a few f-bombs thrown into the lyrics to, I guess, allow them to compare themselves to G&R. I hope they prove me wrong, but I doubt this experiment will succeed. That said, huge cudos to them for giving it a shot.
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Rita, agreed, the write up is very cheesy. I'm actually finding this comment hard to write because I'm in my mid 40s, and

basically stuck in my own life rut, so I can identify with their desire to try to recapture the old days. On that level, I'm

pulling for them to be successful. Here's the problem though...They're really not that good. Their bio is writing checks

their music can't cash. I listened to their songs on reverb nation and was underwhelmed at best. To me, they sound kind of

like a Poison ripoff with a few f-bombs thrown into the lyrics to, I guess, allow them to compare themselves to G&R. I hope

they prove me wrong, but I doubt this experiment will succeed. That said, huge cudos to them for giving it a shot.
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob
I remember them from back in the day. Cool bunch of guys.
But Bob is pretty much dead on about that bio being a bunch of hyperbole. Just say you want to go out & play again, for the fun of it, & be done with it. There's no shame in that. But to make it out like they were "the next big thing" when they weren't is hype to the point of ridiculousness. They end up lumped in with lying, blowhard "has-beens who never were", like Rik Fox. And nobody wants that. Just go out & play for the fun of it, & enjoy yourselves, guys.
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
hey all
I thought the music was pretty good..so I wish the guys only the best..but..as Ace and Bob pretty much pointed out....the write up did seem a bt cheesy. We have seen a few bands that had some things going on for them in the late 80s/early 90s try a bit of comeback..but..my big issue with all of them..what made it all so cool back then..was the bands were YOUNG...teens/20s...and by no means..Bands can still ROCK into middle age..so I'm not dissing any of them...but speaking for myself...if the Sunset strip scene from the mid 80s/early 90s were filled with bands with members in their 30s and 40s....I doubt that would have worked. Am I wrong?.....and please..I'm not knocking any musician that is playing the music they love..go for it..but..just keep things in perspective...
April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGene
Hey, MAN, these guyz sound AWESOME!

And, though you may think the writing of the post is a bit cheesy or whatever one chooses to call it, I do like several points made about the scene coming full cycle. The writer hits on a most accurate observation -- the kidz are back! I see TONS of 'em wearing the T-Shirts of our Heroes.

What's more, over a fat third of the passengers on The Monsters of Rock Cruise were aged 10 to 25!

Like I said, or rather, Dee Snyder says, "The Kids Are Back"!

As so is GLAM!

Viva Trash Cowboys!
April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Man this sounds cool, never even heard it before, man rock n roll and heavy metal is makin a comeback!! I agree with everything said here.....
April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdj

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