NYC-based progressive psychedelic punk-rock band, The U.S. Americans, announce the release of their debut album, Greatest Hits, due out October 27th 2017. The band recently shared their new single and video for “Fade Out” via Paste Magazine, who state that its “illustrations serve as subtle, yet scathing and trippy commentary on current affairs.” First single and video, “FCK THE KGB” debuted on Dying Scene.
Produced by Scott Von Ensign and executive produced by Daniel Deychak, Emerson Williams, Roy Abraham and Jeff Weiss, Greatest Hits, is a collection of the best of progressive, psychedelic punk from the sons of liberty, The U.S. Americans.
The group developed as a live act. Highlark Magazine caught a live show and reported, “the Americans had me from the word go as vocalist Jeff Weiss proudly hoisted a United States Championship belt overhead and outward toward the audience.” The belt has become a major part of the live show and House of Glory, New York’s largest independent wrestling company,has used their music in their lively wrestling video compilations. Isaac Rodilla from HOG says, “The team here at HOG has dubbed U.S. Americans as the best band in the USA. We gave them the championship belt and it’s not just for this year… it’s 4 life.”
Highlark Magazine went on to say, “In terms of performance, Weiss’ voice and flamboyant gestures were enchanting and, not to be outdone, the instrumentals were so well done that I took for granted how good they were… concert-goers who didn’t need any more incentive to love America.”
Producer Scott Von Ensign distilled the energy of their live show into an under-an-hour record. Sporting an array of songs as diverse as Queens and spanning timelines between 90 seconds and 9 minutes, Greatest Hits is a fun trip into the world of Cuban gangsters, cinema, promiscuous cutlery, board games, Kings County, and oral hygiene.
Greatest Hits –
02. Money in America
03. Dance Song 17
05. Lazy Suzy
06. King Someday
07. Innocent Fools
08. Fade Out
11. Dentist Street
The band formed in the ’90s in Forest Hills, with two first generation Americans: Russian Jeff Weiss and Afghan/French/Uzbek/Egyptian/ Isreali Roy Abraham. The two guys were cutting class and ran into Joey Ramone at Sam Ash on Queens Blvd. They asked him for advice he’d give young musicians, to which he responded, “Find anything better to do, music sucks.” With that said, Weiss got into the taxi game, climbed the ranks, made some coin, got bored and cashed out. Abraham, the NY hustler and 21st-century beatnik, California-carnie-turned-real- estate broker, hadn’t picked up a guitar in over decade. He had run into Weiss at a show in New Jersey, and the two kicked around the idea of getting together to jam on a couple Pixies tunes; that’s when it clicked.
Weiss found Dan Deychak, a Ukrainian second generation Brooklyn transplant who self-taught himself code and is an A.I whiz. He also happened to have a natural songwriting ability and proclivity towards acoustic guitar.
The band was finally born and began to cycle through drummers Spinal Tap-style. Soon, they poached Emerson Williams from another group. Williams ancestry traces all the way back to the Mayflower and he’s an experienced sound engineer, who produces large scale events around the world.
Playing the three P’s – Progressive Psychedelic Punk-Rock – the U.S. Americans have sunk their flag into the NYC punk scene and plan to stick around to spread life, liberty and the pursuit of music.
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