Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Cynics


 
About: The Cynics

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania guitarist/producer/record company head Gregg Kostelich is the frenetic force behind THE CYNICS. He managed to keep the band afloat in the wake of constant personnel changes, he recorded some of the finest garage tracks ever, and also launched one of the best independent record labels of the 1980s. THE CYNICS’ style has been clear since their 1983 inception: fuzzed ultra-distorted guitar, screaming, moaning vocals, with a straight-ahead no frills rhythm section. The influences are extreme ‘60s Punk, R&B, and other loud, frantic trash. Gregg has occasionally steered the band into flirtations with folk-rock and little pop, but it’s the grunged-out punkers that have created THE CYNICS’ reputation. Their first two 45s were released by the Californian Dionysus label, but soon after Gregg had established his own Pittsburgh-based GET HIP RECORDS. This new indy label would release all of THE CYNICS subsequent discs, as well as those by several dozen other cool groups around the globe.

Though Gregg’s guitar is the backbone of the band, vocalist Michael Kastelic’s contribution to THE CYNICS sound cannot be underestimated. In concert (and on record) he screeches, wails, and moans with great abandon, while his frail, thin body shakes throughout the room. Michael is a truly possessed frontman. On and off bassist Steve Magee should also be noted for his fine artwork for both THE CYNICS and many of the GET HIP releases. The initial line-up featured the talents and 60’s looks of keyboard player Becky Smith. After she left the band in the late 80’s they stayed with the simple but strong guitar/singer/bass/drums that they currently display

The CYNICS are the most respected garage outfit around today. Their Live Shows are Legendary. Their body of Recorded Work displays a rich, diverse, history of Original Timeless Tunes and Original Rock and Roll Classics.






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The Cynics – Get Hip Records
http://www.gethip.com/site/
The Cynics - Reverbnation
http://www.reverbnation.com/thecynics
The Cynics – Last FM
http://www.last.fm/music/The+Cynics
The Cynics - Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cynics
The Cynics - Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/thecynics
The Cynics - Twitter
https://twitter.com/TheCYNICS
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The Cynics - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/michaelcynics
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The Cynics - iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-cynics/id98892776
The Cynics - Rhapsody
http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/cynics
The Cynics - Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/The-Cynics/e/B000APMOAE/ref=ntt_mus_dp_pel
The Cynics - eMusic
http://www.emusic.com/artist/the-cynics/11625484/

 

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