Flashback to January 2001: Shoe-gazing art rock ruled the underground with its hipster irony, FM "rock" radio squawked out the homogenized, faux-angst of nu-metal and The American Plague burst onto an unsuspecting Tennessee music scene, declaring rock 'n' roll war. With a sound described as "a fresh take on late '70s rock with punk sensibility and a metal soul," the Knoxville-based trio quickly built a loyal fan base for its decidedly southern brand of blistering hard rock that packs the power of Motörhead and Black Sabbath dousing it with the edgy intensity of the Stooges and the Ramones. But as the band is quick to point out, they like to do their own thing. "We've got our influences, but we're not trying to spin the wheels exactly like our musical heroes did, or still do," Alexander says. "If you want to hear Sabbath or Motörhead, you pay $50-$75 and go see them. If you want to get your face chewed off for five or ten bucks, come talk to us."
The steady touring has garnered The American Plague dedicated converts across the country. They've shared the stage with The Cramps, Buckcherry, 10 Years, Electric Frankenstein, Nashville Pussy, Agent Orange, Danko Jones, George Thorogood, The New York Dolls and a slew of other notable artists. "I love playing for crowds that don't expect it and expose people to new music," Alexander says. "Our goal with this band is to bring back real rock 'n' roll music, to make folks realize there's really an alternative to the 'alternative' they're used to."
The American Plague is
James Alexander - vocals, guitars
Dave Dammit - bass
Tilmon "The Ambassador" Navarre - drums
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