24-7 SPYZ: Early Albums To Be ReissuedJuly 19, 2006
South Bronx-based 24-7 SPYZ' critically acclaimed CDs "This Is…24-7 SPYZ" and "Strength In Numbers" (both released in the early 1990s on Eastwest/Atlantic Records) will be combined onto one single disc. This 78-minute set features the SPYZ lineup consisting of Jimi Hazel (guitar),Jeff Brodnax (vocals),Joel Maitoza (drums) and Rick Skatore (bass) and is scheduled for release on July 25, 2006 via Wounded Bird Records. The band has also released a new DVD (only available at www.24-7spyz.com) for the die-hard SPYZ fans, titled "HMS4L: The Many Lives Of Walter Rattamus". The two-hour DVD contains candid interviews with the band members, rare live footage with each of the band's lineups as well as all the group's promotional videos (as seen on MTV's "Beavis and Butthead"),including "Jungle Boogie", "Stuntman", "Break The Chains", plus many more.
24-7 SPYZ' first full-length live CD, "Can You Hear The Sound", will be released this summer by the Colorado-based label What Are Records? The label also released the band's "Heavy Metal Soul by the Pound" CD in 1996, which was basically the U.S. version of the group's "Six", released in Europe on Enemy Records.
After releasing two CDs in the late 1980s ("Harder Than You" and "Gumbo Millennium" on the In-Effect/Relativity label),24-7 SPYZ toured with such artists as JANE'S ADDICTION, PRIMUS, PRONG, PUBLIC ENEMY and ALICE COOPER. Signed by Silvia Rhone in 1991 to Eastwest/Atco, the band continued their legacy by releasing "This Is...24-7 Spyz" and "Strength In Numbers". Even though the label allegedly pulled the band's tour support half way through their U.S. tour, they stayed on the road and continued to pack concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. They released "Heavy Metal Soul by the Pound", "Six", and "If I Could" (live EP) in the late '90s.
24-7 SPYZ, who were considered by many to be one of the trendsetters that sparked the collaboration between metal, rap, funk and R&B, released their latest CD, "Face the Day", earlier this year via Jimi Hazel's Gumbo Recordings label.
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