I’m Only Happy When It Rains

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Shirley Manson

I wanted to say hello and personally thank you for visiting the Demolition City Saints website. It’s an honor to have you here.

I also wanted to give you a little background on the band and project. Being the main writer and producer of the music we’ve created I wanted to tell you a little of my story.

When I grew up I feel in love with music (as you probably did as well) especially with the bands that were electric guitar driven.

My first true musical obsessions were probably The Ramones and Kiss and as any true super fan would do – I wandered from record store to record store and snatched up every album and poster I could find from that era to not only saturate my ears but my walls as well (much to the dismay of my parents).

As I moved forward along my musical journey, I discovered the legendary nightclub CBGB’s and all that accompanied that incredible venue. Of course The Dead Boys, The Misfits and many others come to mind…but the one that really grabbed me the most was Blondie. My first taste of “One Way Or Another” left me wanting more and developing a crush not only on Debbie Harry but also the bands incredible catalog of music. There was something so hip and powerful about Blondie, something about a female commanding the mic and standing toe to toe with the boys was really cool in my eyes.

The female voice just commands attention!

At that time music was just a passion and I dabbled with writing some songs here and there but never considered playing or recording something for real and continued on with my musical discoveries. The next band on my list that really blew me away was Hole, their major label debut “Live Through This” was a mind altering piece of art that started to shift my thoughts in the direction of maybe recording some songs for real…I was getting more and more inspired.

And then (drum roll please) I HEARD IT….”I’m Only Happy When It Rains”. That was the song, the moment in time when everything changed for me and my life. Listening to Shirley belt out the perfect melody to the perfect song made me want to be a musician for the rest of my life. I just couldn’t get enough after seeing the video (the red hair. the blue dress, the command of the song…now to me that was a Rock Star). The music was great, the look was great, the lyrics were great and I headed straight to the music store to pick out my first real bass guitar.

As I absorbed their self titled debut album over and over as well as their sophomore release “2.0′” I was blown away by the originality of it all, I’d never heard anything like it and after digging back into Butch Vig’s production work and stumbling across “Bricks Are Heavy” by L7 – I knew I wanted to write and record for the rest of my life and I most certainly wanted powerful female voices fronting my projects.

Our release “Lords Of The Wasteland” is an album that much blood, sweat and tears went into and I could not be more proud to have not one but two wonderful and passionate women (Melody Black and Baby Strange) commanding the microphone. I am extremely proud of them and this record and I am hoping you will be as well.

It would mean the world to me and everyone else involved in the project if you would give the samples a listen.

Thanks again,

Kid Raven

6 Comments

  • Robert says:

    My kind of music? NO. Do I know music? YES. I thought it was great! I agree I love a commanding female vocal! The girls sound fantastic. The music is new and fresh and you’ve done a good job! My not be “my kind” of music, and at the same time I DID enjoy it! Why because I like “new” music of any type especially when it’s this GOOD! Good luck! It would also be nice to see what you all look like too!

  • Chris says:

    I’m an old man, from a really small town of about 1,500 people, so it took me until I was almost out of high school to find the punk bands you mentioned, but that changed my musical outlook forever. I also started out with Kiss, and a year or two later (probably 79 or 80) fell totally in love with Blondie. I admit at 7nor 8 years old a good portion had to do with Debbie’s looks as much as the music lol. Listened to “Watch Me Melt” yesterday, and checked out the demo’s and I hope to be getting the album soon. I’m not on disability yet, but have bowel cancer and was also just diagnosed with Schizo-Affective Disorder, so money is tight right now. Keep up the good work!

    • Demolition City Saints says:

      Hi Chris! Glad to hear we have a mutual love of Punk music and Blondie! She had it all going on šŸ™‚ Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to the song and I hope you get a chance to check out some more of the music. I also wanted to say I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. Myself and everyone in the DCS wish you the best with your health.

      Thanks again Chris!
      Kid Raven

  • Louis says:

    After buying the CD and giving it several (several) plays, I have decided that Go Baby Go, Crash City, Waiting For You, and Systematic Way belong in my permanent usb drive playlist in my car. Your music makes me think of a cross between The Ramones and Blondie (or maybe The Bangles on a couple of songs). The entire album is awesome, but those four definitely need to be on the radio. Keep up the good work and hurry up with that second album (lol).

    • Demolition City Saints says:

      Hi Louis,

      Thanks so much for buying the record and the kind words, we are honored to be on your permanent USB drive and thank you so much for comparing us to The Ramones and Blondie! There will definitely be an album number two in the future šŸ™‚

      Kid Raven

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