The Kix have been making music since starting out in 1977 in Hagerstown, Maryland. After a significant
number of years playing international venues, Kix is still playing its glam metal hard rock sounds for its fans. What is more
is that Kix, for the first time in 19 years, released a new album in August. The album is called Rock Your Face Off and there
is no doubt that Kix will certainly rock when you see them live. Take a look at the schedule to get your Kix fix at a variety
of venues and dates like the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland or Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood New Jersey.
The band is a quintessential American glam rock band that continues to entertain audiences. The band
was formed by Ronnie Youkins, Brian Forsythe and Donnie Purnell in 1977. It was not until 1981 Kix released its self-titled
album. The debut included the songs: "Atomic Bombs," "Heartache," "Contrary Mary," "The Itch" and "The Kid." The single, "Love
at First Sight," became popular among its audiences. Initially, the band referred to themselves as Shooze and Generators before
sticking with the name Kix. Playing all around Maryland, Kix became associated with being an excellent live show. In 1981,
Kix signed with Atlantic Records and set out to release its debut album. The following album was entitled Cool Kids and is
where audiences started to hear a more commercial sound.
Once Kix set out on the road
of commercial success, the songs that immediately followed were "Restless Blood," "Mighty Mouth" and "Body Talk." The band
partnered with the producer of Ratt, and later Warrant, releasing the band's next album, Midnite Dynamite. This is the album
that Kix considers its favorite among its many albums: Kix (1981), Cool Kids (1983), Midnite Dynamite (1988), Hot Wire (1991),
$how Bu$ine$$ (1995) and Rock Your Face Off (2014). Over the years some of Kix most well known singles are "Body Talk," "Midnite
Dynamite," "Cold Shower," "Get It While It's Hot," "Don't Close Your Eyes," "Cold Blood," "Blow My Fuse," and "Girl Money."
After the members of Kix elected to take on side projects, the band remained inactive until 2003 when a new lineup emerged
without Donnie Purnell. During this time, the band consists of Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitar), Brian
Forsythe, Jimmy Chalfant (drums, backing vocals) and Mark Schenker (bass, backing vocals). In 2012, Kix was signed to Frontiers
Records, which is an Italian record label. It focuses mostly on classic rock and was founded by Serafino Perugino in 1996.
Some of the other bands include well-known names like Styx, Yes, Journey, Whitesnake, Boston, Toto, Winger, Little River Band
and many more.
Over the years, Kix members have been involved in side music projects. Steve
Whiteman started the band Funny Money and Brian Forsythe started a band with Rich Wright (ex-White Sister and Tattoo Rodeo
drummer). The lineup of Kix has changed over the years, but it has still kept its glam rock roots. There are various session
band members that have played an important role in their own right: Anton Fig, Mike Slamer, John Luce and Paul Chalfant. The
recent album release is thanks to a partnership with Loud & Proud Records and even includes the original lineup without
Schenker playing bass. According Steve Whiteman, "The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited
us to join the Loud and Proud family […] We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, SHOW BUSINESS,
and we're looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new Kix album in 19 years!" According to
Whiteman, the band met up with Tom Lipsky when Kix became disillusioned with Atlantic Records. The aim was to find a smaller
label. The music on the newest album is a mixture of new and old sounds, and is inspired by the influences of each member's
In a CRR interview, Whiteman explained, "We literally had a pile of music that we threw into a larger
pile and when we got Taylor involved we left it up to him to pick out what he thought would be the strongest contenders for
a KIX album. We narrowed down to fourteen or fifteen songs and hen we locked ourselves in Mark's studio and we came up with
the twelve that are on the album." In many ways, the Kix members relied much on the opinion of their producer, as he had worked
closely with the former songwriter Donnie Purnell. It was a means to keep consistency among the music that Kix is known for
sharing with legions of fans near and far from their state of origin, Maryland. Creating the last album is what the band considered
a good experience in collaboration, as everyone who had ideas was able to be heard and have their idea respected. In the end,
everyone made a solid contribution to the album.
What is amusing to learn is that Kix didn't conceive of themselves
as part of the "hair metal" during its heyday, as they were playing music long before the media took hold of that characterization.
Kix Live Show Experience
Kix certainly has a number of tricks up its sleeve and definitely has a stage performance
that isn't just for kids. The band has been playing music for some many years that the maturity and experience of its musicianship
comes to the forefront. According to the President and Owner of Loud and Proud, Lipsky, is that the band has always made rock
& roll fun. As for today, he explains, "They're not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves. They're simply doing
what they do best." Keep a look out for this one-of-a-kind band that is legendary for making a live stage show of rock &
roll one not to miss. Make sure you check the schedule on StubHub to hear the song "Dirty Girl" in person. The song itself
is written about the Victoria Secret's catalogue, which Whiteman acknowledged as being drool worthy—much like the song.