Kix Garner Highest Charting Album Since 1988's 'Blow My Fuse'
Fans of Kix have waited almost two decades for new music. With the August 5th release of Kix' seventh studio album 'Rock Your Face Off', on Loud & Proud Records, their unwavering and undying support has landed the band a #48 placing on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. The position represents one of Kix' best U.S. chart appearances, second only to their 1988 platinum breakthrough album 'Blow My Fuse'.
In addition to the #48 chart debut, 'Rock Your Face Off' debuted at #5 on the Independent Albums chart, #11 on the Top Internet chart, #17 on the Top Rock Albums chart, #27 on the Indy/Small Chain Core Stores chart and #33 on the Physical chart. It also debuted at #1 on Amazon's Hard Rock and Metal chart.
Sleaze Roxx applauded the return of Kix by stating, "While several groups of the era hid their musical imperfections behind sky-high hair and layers of cosmetics, Kix were jesters for the working man -- and that attitude continues to permeate throughout Rock Your Face Off. The lyrical content hasn't changed much since the band's glory days either, as the sexual innuendos and party atmosphere continue to be the driving force. I'd be a liar if I said Rock Your Face Off was Kix' best work, because it isn't and realistically never had the chance to be -- but it has lived up to my lofty expectations, and that really is a testament to how good this return album is. After twenty years, Kix continue to be one of the most satisfying bands in the entire hard rock genre -- and I hope to hell this is only the beginning of their resurrection."
As guitarist Brian "Damage" Forsythe explains, "When we first played 'Love Me With Your Top Down' live just a few months ago, it went over like gangbusters with the fans. It's a catchy little tune with classic Kix flavor, a perfect choice for the first taste of the record." What makes the new album even more exciting and anticipated is that it features most of the band's original line-up: Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian "Damage" Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie "10/10" Younkins (guitar), Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant (drums), with the exception of Mark Schenker (bass).
With 'Rock Your Face Off', Kix stirs up their truest statement to date in 2014. "It's still hot women, fast cars, and great moments," says singer Steve Whiteman. "I want everybody to end up on their feet, whether they're working out or stuck in rush hour traffic. This is a release, something to lift your spirits when you need it. You can party to this one."
Kix gracefully eased back into the public consciousness in 2008. After sold out hometown gigs, the quintet hit the stage at Rocklahoma in front of over 20,000 people, venturing out of the Mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years. The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as "Best Performance" at the festival, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more. After capturing their fiery reunion on 2012's 'Live In Baltimore' CD and DVD, the band agreed to enter the studio once again.
"In many ways, this is for the Kix diehards as much as it is for us," guitarist Brian Forsythe explains. "When we started doing this again, tons of fans came out of the woodwork. They'd show up with their kids, and it was just incredible to see. We had to deliver for them."
Check out Kix at any of the following stops:
8/16 Greencastle, PA - Greencastle Legion Grounds
9/13 Berlin, MD - Soundwave Festival at Airlift Acres
9/20 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
10/25 Camp Hill, PA - Radisson Convention Center
12/20 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live (KIXmas)