Posts Tagged ‘big boys’

By Metal Dave Once upon a time, circa 2007, I was asked to contribute to an issue of Classic Rock magazine dedicated to Guns N’ Roses. Besides the main features on GN’R, the mag also wanted to highlight some of their lesser-known peers. Being from Texas, I offered up Junkyard and Dangerous Toys as worthy […]

By Metal Dave Glessner When it comes to bulletproof credentials, Chris Gates is rock-n-roll Kevlar. During his early years with the Big Boys, Gates helped pioneer the punk-funk template that was equally pillaged and praised by everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Henry Rollins to the myriad bands that rock Austin’s annual Big Boys-indebted […]

Before “Fun Fun Fun” became the name of an annual three-day, alterna-punk-metal festival in Austin, Texas, it was the title of a song by seminal hardcore band, the Big Boys.  Likewise, before Austin musician Chris Gates became a friend of mine, he was the bass player in said Big Boys. On the eve of this year’s Fun […]

New album ‘Welcome to Gatesville’ drops Sept. 16 The simple joys of domestic sobriety fit Chris Gates like a trucker cap. A former punk-rocker and recovering blues-metal hellion (in the Big Boys and Junkyard, respectively), the Austin singer/songwriter/guitarist now resides in Gatesville where family, glory days and backyard barbecues are all the talk of the town.  […]