The Rock’n’Roll Kamikazes are extremely serious about this rock’n’roll thing. Already two years down the line since their first album “Tora! Tora! Tora!” was released to wide critical aclaim and they’ve been bombarding and strafing stages all of italy and europe with their original sound, not som much rockabilly but a mean, fast rhythm and blues, with hints of swing and 60s soul.
The Kamikazes started out in 2010 when Andy Macfarlane stepped out from the burning fuselage of The Hormonauts after 10 years of hormonizing around the world, and teamed up with old friend Peppe DeGregoriis (drummer with Little Victor and the Boomers, Alessandro Cicognani and other italian bluesmen) and decided to show the world exactly where rock’n’roll was born…from the blues.
Joined on double bass by Nicolò Fiori-moustached flying ace who has played alongside the likes of Michael Goddard, Frank London and Aleksandar Rjkovic (from Gorn Bregovic’s line up) with his band Gatta Molesta, and on saxophone, the Samurai of Swing, Guy Portoghese. Guy was the leader of Bari’s Guy E Gli Specialisti and brought to the Kamikazes some breathtaking sax solos, dirty low-down blues harp playing and a whole lot of grinning, laughing fun! Sadly Guy flew his last mission on October 4th 2012 and will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Guy.
Like all good pilots, the Kamikazes do not give up in the face of adversity and have come bouncing back with a new album, “All Kinds Of People” on Go Down Records (the Kamikazes fondly call GoDown the new Chess Records). It’s bluesier, its harder, it shrieks like Screaming Jay Hawkins and growls like Howlin Wolf and there’s even a track written and sung by Guy himself! (Tutti i Venerdì).
The album introduces new recruit Eugenio Pritelli, guitarist and frontman from the wild psychobilly phenomenon The Horrible Porno Stuntmen! His razor-edged telecaster twang gives the band a new harder sound, and high-lighting their punkier roots.
With this varied and explosive line- up The Rock’n’Roll Kamikazes have set their sights on the target. No, it’s not a simple aircraft carrier but nothing less than world domination. The album is the fuse and the band is the bomb. They are primed and ready and there will be no turning back. The Kamikazes are ready to explode in public. They will dive bomb your dives and disjoint your juke-joints; shake your shacks and rock your socks and pants off! A divine wind of Rock’n’Roll will blow upon the masses!