founding guitarist/songwriter Anthony Nichols
has teamed up with one of Boston's most illustrious indie front men, THE BAGS
vocalist/ bassist Jon Hardy
, to form a unique and edgy new project called MEXICAN APE-LORD
were actually acquaintances prior to working together — both hailing from the same suburban Boston town of Lexington, Massachusetts.MELIAH RAGE
was signed to Epic Records
in 1988 and has continued to release new music to this day — compiling a library of nine records since their inception. The band has embarked on multiple international tours, including stops at The Comcast Center and House of Blues in Boston as well as B.B. King Blues Club & Grill and The Ritz in New York City.THE BAGS
were a hard rock/punk rock band that gained traction in the Boston scene. The band's debut album, entitled "Rock Starve"
, was released in 1987 and received critical acclaim. THE BAGS
began touring in 1988, releasing an album under the alias of "Swamp Oaf"
and later releasing an actual self-titled LP. Their next album, "Night Of The Corn People"
, came in 1991, followed by a release in 2003 entitled "Sharpen Your Sticks"
, which featured a track ("Cavemen Rejoice"
) that landed on the PlayStation 2
game, Guitar Hero
. In 2007, THE BAGS
released a 14-track opus, "Mount Rockmore"
"Though we each have had our own thing going over the years, I've always had Jon's voice in the back of my head — I always liked his style and creative sensibilities," Nichols
stated. "I have long thought that Jon
would be a great vocalist/lyricist for the way I write music," added Nichols
, who enlisted drummer Steve Fry
and guitarist Dan Dykes
to complete the project. The new material will feature the riff-based style that Nichols
established with MELIAH RAGE
. MEXICAN APE-LORD
will highlight Hardy
's completely fresh approach to lyrics and voice — and both Fry
bring great skill and energy to the project.
The band's as-yet-untitled debut will be released in the spring of 2013 and will certainly be on the radar of MELIAH RAGE