Actually No This Is It!
In 2001, a group of friends from New York City's Lower East Side got together to publish a comic book anthology called Royal Flush. Sophomoric senses of humor and artistic merit were not the only shared qualities among the friends; their mutual appreciation for musicians such as the Ramones, The Beach Boys, Eddie Cochran, Sam & Dave, The Misfits, Huey Lewis, Motorhead and the Sweet inspired them to collaborate further by forming an outlandishly original band - The Spicy Rizzaks. They debuted at the Royal Flush book release party at CBGB's in May of 2001. They've had the audience in the palms of their hands ever since. The Rizzaks consist of four core members: guitar-god Eddie Van Rizzak, bass virtuoso Boosty Rizzak, beatmaster Ringo Rizzak on drums and the dynamic and alluring Jon Bon Rizzak on vocals. The Rizzaks also sometimes perform with their top-shelf brass section, featuring Dizzy Rizzak on trumpet and Sonny Trombono-Rizzak on trombone. In the past year, The Rizzaks have laid waste to such great NYC venues as CBGB's, Brownies, Luna Lounge, the Continental, the Luxx and Arlene's Grocery. The Rizzaks have also toured extensively, headlining shows in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore, and several other cities. The Spicy Rizzaks current release, Actually, No This Is It!, captures the rowdy, rollicking, gritty sonic assault of their notorious live performances. Songs on the debut E.P. include the scorching-hot psychobilly rocker, Crack The Whip, the greatest ode to a pair of pants ever, Action Slacks, and the heart-wrenching doo-wop throwback, Mudflap Girl. Whether it be '77-era punk, doo-wop, blue-eyed soul, psychobilly or surf, The Spicy Rizzaks transition effortlessly, melding it all together with biting, satirical lyrics that can get even the hippest of the hipsters actually unfolding their arms and enjoying themselves in public. In the summer of 2002, The Rizzaks were asked to record music for the Off-Broadway production of David Rabe's Hurlyburly. They recently contributed the track Santa Claus is Coming To Town to The Night Before, a compilation of the hottest up & coming NYC bands covering classic Christmas tunes. Currently, The Rizzaks are completing videos for Crack The Whip and the ever popular Action Slacks, which has been getting some serious airplay on college and alternative radio stations around the country. With the massive buzz, the new E.P., the upcoming videos, another issue of Royal Flush and a national tour planned, the Rizzaks are on the brink of a very exciting and explosive 2003.