American Speedway, the beer guzzlin’ punk rock n roll foursome from the Philadelphia-area, have nearly completed their sophomore album A Bigger Boat (due Winter 2010). A 7″ vinyl single will be released in Fall 2010 and the featured track entitled “Howl (Ya Doin?) is exclusively streaming on Stereokiller.com right now – http://www.stereokiller.com/AmericanSpeedway .
In January 2010, Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty joined the band as the new lead guitarist. McGurty was lead axe for an all female metal band called WENCH, who (in the early 90s) had a good amount of success domestically and also toured throughout Europe and the UK several times.
American Speedway is most known for topping the charts on Sirius Satellite Radio, Punk Channel 29, with their hit single “One Foot In, One Foot Out” back in Summer of 2008. They also charted on CMJ’s Heavy Rock charts with their single “Ship of Fools” in November 2008. “Ship of Fools” was the title track to their debut album released in January 2007.
The band has engaged on tours with The Meatmen, as well as provided main support for The Supersuckers, Mike Watt, Valient Thorr, just to name a few.
The street date for A Bigger Boat has yet to be set, but it will be released by Prophase Music, and distributed nationally by MVD Entertainment Group. The bands sophomore release will be available on CD and vinyl. The vinyl will include a card with a unique number so fans can download the entire album on MP3.
The band is:
Michael Thursby Speedway – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Chris Callahan – Drums
Billy Angry – Bass/Vocals
Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty – Guitar
If Lemmy Kilmeister from Motorhead sang for AC/DC, it would have to sound some like Philadelphia’s, American Speedway.
Singer Michael Thursby Speedway has the same style of hard edged course vocals as Lemmy. The one difference I have found on this rocking set of tunes, is that punk vibe that they give off. American Speedway seems to have one foot in hard rock, and the other in the punk world. Either way, it seems to work for them.
Speedway’s coarse voice may not be for everyone, but if you like Motorhead, chances are you will probably like American Speedway as well. Ship of Fools is a short set (less than 30 minutes in length) of high energy, bar room rock. It isn’t original, but it definitely rocks. This is the kind of music, that no matter how hard you resist you will find yourself tapping your foot, and ready to crack open a cold one.
You can check some of American Speedway’s tunes at their myspace page here. For you Vinyl fans, if you act quick enough, you an get a copy of Ship of Fools on LP, that comes with a copy of the CD at the same price. Get it now from SeeofSound.com!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Ship Of Fools
2. American Speedway
3. One Foot In, One Foot Out
4. Far Behind
5. Drinkin’ And Drivin’
7. Don’t Tread On Me
8. Make Some Noise
9. No Control
10. Same Old, Same Old
American Speedway is:
Michael Thursby Speedway – Lead vocals, guitars
Johnny Griswold – Guitars, backing vocals
Billy Angry – Bass, backing vocals
Chris Callahan – Drums