SIMMONS RECORDS/UME RECORDING ARTIST
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS MAJOR LABEL DEBUT OUT NOW
BAND NOW ON FEAR FACTORY TOUR
Their Own “ROCK CITY” TV Show Premieres On SPIKE TV In September
Kobra And The Lotus make their major label debut with their self-titled album KOBRA AND THE LOTUS on April 16, 2013, on Simmons Records/T-Boy Records/Universal Music Enterprises (UME).
Formed in 2009 by powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige, Kobra And The Lotus have been more than busy touring Canada, the UK and Europe extensively with ball-busting hard work and intensity that secured coveted slots at Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Download and Bloodstock in 2012.
The life of Kobra Paige and her band Kobra And The Lotus, will be chronicled for the show “Rock City,” airing on Spike TV, Fall 2013. Their 8 episode season will follow the grit, drama, and thrills, both on the road and off, as this emerging metal band takes to the road on their world tour.
Featuring female metal warrior Kobra Paige on lead vocals, Jasio Kulakowski on guitar, Pete Dimov on bass and Griffin Kissack on drums, the band recently added Latin America’s most famous metal axeman Charlie Parra del Riego.
For Kobra And The Lotus’ self-titled release, producer Kevin Churko (Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne) was brought in to assist delivering precise songs heavy with emotion. The Kobra and The Lotus release has an intentionally grand-scale dynamic, magnifying the glories of the genre and making its mark as ‘arena’ rather than ‘garage’ rock.
The band is co-signed to Gene Simmons’ label – Simmons’ Records. Simmons has a longstanding reputation for discovering, assisting or recognizing new artists like Van Halen. Many of the early artist demos he worked on or helped with have gone on to become multi-platinum records and legendary rock anthems.
Andy Gould, head and curator of T-Boy Records, recognized Kobra’s talent and his newly minted T-Boy Records will serve as the umbrella label for Kobra And The Lotus. T-Boy Records releases new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands. Current releases include Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (due April 23) and Megadeth’s Super Collider (due June 4). Gould adds, “It’s great to have a fresh act on the label that is carrying on all the best heavy metal traditions. And of course, it’s fantastic to be in business with Gene [Simmons].”
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS packs a powerful 10-track punch featuring the multi-range wailing vocals of metal hellion Kobra Paige, with infectious harmonies and sweeping choruses over powerful metal riffs, thundering bass and rapid fire percussion. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS contains driving anthems “50 Shades of Evil,” “Welcome To My Funeral,” “My Life” and “Forever One,” more dramatic stylings in “Aria of Karmika,” and they build on tradition with “Nayana” and “No Rest For The Wicked”. The band sets the stage for a tender intimate moment with “Sanctuary” before launching into skull-crushing guitars to carry the track out.
In support of their new album, Kobra And The Lotus will now take on America with an extensive North American tour supporting Fear Factory. The carnage starts April 14 in Colorado Springs, CO winding throughout the U.S. and Canada conquering this continent one face-melting show at a time.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
April 14 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
April 15 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
April 17 Riot Room Kansas City, MO
April 18 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
April 19 Mojoes Joliet, IL
April 20 Club Fever South Bend, IN
April 21 Diamond Pub & Billiards Louisville, KY
April 23 Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY
April 24 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
April 26 McGuffy’s House of Rock Dayton, OH
April 27 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
April 28 Montage Music Hall Rochester, NY
April 29 The Junkyard Nashua, NH
May 1 The Webster Hartford, CT
May 02 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
May 03 Revolution Amityville, NY
May 04 Mojo 13 Wilmington, DE
May 05 Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore, MD
May 07 NV Knoxville, TN
May 08 Amos South End Charlotte, NC
May 09 Brewsters Roc Bar Jacksonville, FL
May 10 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 11 The Haven Lounge Winter Park, FL
May 12 Brass Mug Tampa, FL
May 14 Trees Dallas, TX
May 15 Backstage Live San Antonio, TX
May 16 Scout Bar Houston, TX
May 17 The Station Broussard, LA
May 18 Riverside Warehouse Shreveport, LA
May 19 The Chameleon Room Oklahoma City, OK
May 21 FUBAR St. Louis, MO
May 22 Station 4 St. Paul, MN
May 28 Club 9one9 Victoria, BC
May 30 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
June 06 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
June 07 LVCS Las Vegas, NV
June 08 The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA
In short, heavy metal has a New Face. A New Voice. A New Name. Kobra And The Lotus.
I am closing in on two, separate offers to relaunch my SIMMONS RECORDS label. When I’ve decided which offer I’ll accept, you’ll read it here first.
For those of you in bands who have demos (demonstration tapes), please don’t send em. I’ve received literally thousands upon thousands of demos over the years. There simply isn’t enough time in the world to wade through it all.
The history of SIMMONS RECORDS dates back to Bob Buziak former head of RCA RECORDS. I signed HOUSE OF LORDS ( a name I trademarked and let Greg Giuffria use for his band), SILENT RAGE, a California rock band and GYPSY ROSE a Canadian rock band RCA wanted to release through my label.
Music was going through a revolution and Grunge and Seattle snuffed out most of the rock bands of the day. I went on record then and stand by what I said: Though the bands coming out of Seattle were certainly valid, the tone and self destructive nature of it was not. Seattle would be the death of most rock bands. And, it was. What followed was the saddest period in Rock I can remember.
Gone were rock shows. Gone were groupies. Gone was the Culture of Rock. The bands that ignored Seattle and simply went on doing what they did best: Rock!!!….survived. And got bigger. Seattle bands? Almost all are gone.
Back in the early 90’s, I was also managing LIZA MINNELLI’s recording career and got her a deal at Epic Records. Her record was produced by the Pet Shop Boys.
For the most part, I lost interest in fighting an uphill battle with my label. Then by early 2000, I met and liked the nice folks at Sanctuary and over there, I re-launched the SIMMONS RECORDS label for two releases: my solo album, ASSHOLE and a Canadian one-man-band named BAG. Eventually, Sanctuary went under and that forced us to shut our doors yet again.
This time, we have two majors who want to do this the right way.
And, we will. As soon as more news comes, you’ll see it here first.