Restrictions: 21 & over
Mad Staggers is a Faces-esque detonation of unapologetic, dirty, power-pop infused rock & roll with chunks of DJ culture in its stool. The group is a collective of monster musicians originally assembled by drummer Keith Foley as a recording project who soon after they started tracking together realized they were a real band. Members are: frontman Christopher John Campion (Knockout Drops, and the author of the acclaimed recovery memoir Escape from Bellevue on Gotham/Penguin Books), on keyboards and drums Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, CSN), bassist Gary Bristol (Dr. John, Shawn Colvin), guitarist Tom Licameli (Knockout Drops, The Sixties Show), legendary NYC session player/guitar hero Benny Landa, and the aforementioned Foley on the kit. The guys went into Mark Dann studios in downtown New York City in the fall of 2016 with producer JP Bowersock (who has worn various hats for The Strokes, Julian Casablancas, and Ryan Adams) just to raise some hell and see what happened. Well, hell was sufficiently raised and the result was the 2017 foot stompin’ full length Pulling Off Some Covers. The group then started playing tri-state area shows behind the record and quickly became known for their off the rails, anything goes, live sets. Their forthcoming EP, Otto-Otto is due out in early August and they will be playing their release show at Stephen Talkhouse.