The San Francisco-based quintet – co-founded by Billy Rowe, onetime guitarist for Jetboy (a band All Music Guide calls “one of the best-kept secrets of ‘80s glam metal”) – blend a punk-influenced pop-metal aesthetic with the melodic allure and accessible hooks of classic pop radio. The group’s new album – co-produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Space Twins [Weezer guitarist Brian Bell’s side project]) – proves that if the New Wave of Classic Rock is in session, American Heartbreak is at the front of the class.
Along with vocalist Lance Boone and former Exodus bassist Michael Butler (currently the host of the highly successful “Rock and Roll Geek Show” weekly Podcast), Rowe first introduced American Heartbreak to rock fans via the 1997 EP What You Deserve, initially released on Perris Records. After several tribute album contributions and lineup changes, their first full-length, Postcards From Hell, surfaced three years later on hometown indie Coldfront Records. The album recalled the unpretentious fun of supercharged Sunset Strip rock while reinterpreting the buzz-saw melodies of arena rock legends such as Kiss and Cheap Trick for a post-alternative rock age.
Following a 2001 split-CD with The Libertines, the group added rhythm guitarist Casey Crenshaw prior to a European tour, during which they recorded a live set that became the foundation of their next release. 2003’s You Will Not Be Getting Paid (Perris Records) featured five live songs, five acoustic tracks (including Starz and Cheap Trick covers) and six remixed songs from the What You Deserve EP.
After the European releases of You Will Not Be Getting Paid and Postcards From Hell on People Like You Records in 2004, the group returned to the continent for another tour in early 2005. Back on the home front, they toured the West Coast with Backyard Babies, The Chelsea Smiles and Crash Kelly that summer. (The group has also toured and/or gigged with The New York Dolls, The Donnas, Queens of the Stone Age, Buckcherry, Warrant, Cinderella, The Scorpions, Dio, Sebastian Bach, L.A. Guns, Starz and Tsar, among others.)
By year’s end, the band completed its second full-length with co-producer Parker. The result: 13 tracks of timeless rock n’ roll. It proves that while trend-seekers may be fawning over the latest batch of rock “saviors” as if the genre was invented only yesterday, American Heartbreak is the real deal – a band impervious to fads and driven purely by the desire to play loud, catchy rock.
American Heartbreak will play a series of Western U.S. shows before and after the album’s release, with additional touring to come.
March 22 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (w/The Hellacopters and Nebula)
March 30 San Francisco, CA – Annie's Social Club (w/The Kimberly Trip)
April 1 Sacramento, CA – Fox & Goose (w/The Kimberly Trip)
April 7 Long Beach, CA – Alex's Bar (w/ The Generators)
April 8 Pomona, CA – The Tiki Room (w/ The Generators)
April 28 San Francisco, CA – The Pound (w/ Jetboy)
April 29 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky (w/ Jetboy)