Sleazy Way Out are here to kick ass, both onstage and on record. They bring the party wherever they play and you are guaranteed to have a good time whenever they hit the stage. The band ‘s story began back in 2011… The place was the legendary Foufounes Electriques in Montreal and the mighty Saxon had just finished their set in front of a sold out crowd. As the crowd dispersed, and metalheads gathered outside the club, Stacey and Cleve struck up a conversation that went something like this :Cleve: Hey man, how’s your band doing?
Stacey: It’s not doing anything right now….I am looking for new guys.
Cleve: Well dude, if you need a guitar player, hit me up
and so it began….Stacey and Cleve exchanged some songs, drank a lot of beer and had a discussion about the direction they would like to take the band in.
Rehearsals and writing continued for a few months and the band put out a couple of demo songs to address the demand from friends and fans to hear what this new project sounds like.
The search for a drummer brought many players to the auditions but one drummer stood out and clicked right away. Enter Dan, who took over drumming duties. 2 short weeks after Dan joined the band, Sleazy Way Out opened for Swedish sleaze legends Crashdiet and Crucified Barbara. More gigs followed, which saw the band fine tuning their live show, while opening for the likes of L.A. Guns, Diemonds, Hessler and Famous Underground. The band was asked to be a part of an album celebrating the rebirth of the sleaze rock movement alongside 17 other bands from around the world.
The song “Born To Booze” was recorded and was soon picked up by internet radio giant KNAC.com and added to regular rotation. The demand was high for a full length studio album but funds were low. People from around the world were asking for a record and the band determined that the best way to meet the demand would be to raise the funds needed with a crowdfunding campaign that would allow the fans to play an active role in making the album a reality.
The band had reached a critical point in their career and unfortunately parted ways with their bass player after much discussion and consideration. Auditions were held and the clear choice to fill the bass spot going forward was Xav (the X-man).
Rehearsals with Xav commenced and the band made its debut with Xav , opening for 80’s Sleaze legends Faster Pussycat. With a rock solid lineup and musical chemistry back in place, a crowdfunding campaign was launched in the summer of 2014. The campaign was successful and the band returned to the studio to work on the full length debut album. The band entered the studio in mid-October and mastering was finished in December 2014.
Soon after, the guys had the pleasure of opening for John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, RATT, Union, The Scream) on his 20th anniversary tour of the self titled Motley Crue album.
Enter 2017….the guys had many shows booked and things were starting to heat up for the band. Dan and the band mutually decide that it is time for a parting of ways, after years of partying, travelling and playing together. Auditions were held and once again, and one drummer stood head and shoulders above any others….
Being in this position before, it was decided that the prospective new drummer needed to pass the ultimate test….can he party together with Sleazy Way Out?….
Enter Joey on the drums. Joey answered the call and came well prepared to kick ass with his high energy style of drumming, making his live debut with the band , much the same as Xav, opening for Faster Pussycat…..
The summer of 2018 saw the band embark on a small tour across 2 provinces in Canada with fellow Sliptrick Records alumni “Shades of Sorrow” in August of 2018. Upon returning to their home base in Montreal after wrapping the dates on the road, studio time was booked and recording sessions started in the fall of 2018. The band completed all of the drums, bass guitars, rhythm guitars and most of the solos before hitting a roadblock….
The producer that had been working with the band was not going to be able to finish the album!
After careful consideration, the band decided that it was in their best interest to restart recording from scratch and booked studio time at CNS studios in Montreal in January 2019 and the new recording sessions began with producer Tony Colgan at CNS Studios. The band recorded 15 songs and decided to include the best 12 of these kick ass tunes on the new album. Renowned American artist Keith Garvey was enlisted to provide the cover art for the album and track mixing and mastering was completed in September 2019. The band released their second album “Here Comes Trouble” on Sliptrick Records on February 4, 2019.
Stacey Sleaze – Lead Vocals
Cleve – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Xav – Bass and Backing Vocals
Joey – Drums and Backing Vocals
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