Cheetah Chrome (Rocket From the Tombs, Dead Boys) and Syl Sylvain (New York Dolls) collaborated on songs, and their pals, The Black Hearts rhythm section of Thommy Price and Enzo Penizzotto provided some rock n roll anchorage. The result? The Batusis rock so hard they will hurt you and you will love it.
Now, Cheetah and Syl are taking the show on the road. It kicks off tonight, in Cheetah's current home town of Nashville, TN.
Tour dates are below - and note, these fellas are doing some indie record shop in-stores, which are free - so don't miss those either!
Last night, Cheetah and Syl performed a few songs at Grimey's, much to the delight of local punk rock fans. We also got a taste of a tribute to Syl's former band mate in the New York Dolls, the late Johnny Thunders in the form of the Batusis acoustic performance of "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," Johnny's signature song.
WED 7/14: Nashville, The Rutledge
THUR 7/15: Memphis, The Hi Tone
FRI 7/16: St. Louis, Off Broadway
SAT 7/17: Chicago, Reggie's
SUN 7/18: Detroit, Small's
TUE 7/20: Pittsburgh, 31st Street Pub
WED 7/21: Cleveland, Blue Arrow Records (FREE in-store meet Syl and Cheetah, 7 PM)
WED 7/21: Cleveland, Beachland Ballroom
FRI 7/23: NYC, Generation Records (FREE in-store meet Syl and Cheetah, time TBA)
FRI 7/23: Brooklyn, Europa (http://www.europalive.net/) (NOTE: early gig!)
SAT 7/24: Long Branch, NJ, Brighton Bar
SUN 7/25: Philadelphia, AKA Music (FREE in-store meet Syl and Cheetah, 4 PM)
SUN 7/25: Philadelphia, M Room
TUE 7/27: Erie, The Crooked I (w/Pistol Whip)
WED 7/28: Baltimore, The Quarter at Bourbon Street
THUR 7/29: Washington DC, Crooked Beat Records (FREE in-store performance, 5 PM)
THUR 7/29: Washington DC, Black Cat
FRI 7/30: Charlotte, Tremont Music Hall
SAT 7/31: Atlanta, Criminal Records (FREE in-store performance, 5 PM)
SAT 7/31: Atlanta, The Earl
The Batusis is available from Smog Veil Records