Railer Rocks the Northwest in Huge Band Search

posted April 13, 2003

Portland based and part Alaskan transplant band Railer "stunned, shocked, and blew everyone away" at the KNRK New Rock Rumble finals on Monday night.

Over 85 bands entered the contest, and five finalist bands competed on St. Patrick's Day to be crowned the New Rock Ruble winner. The judges included acclaimed producer Ross Robinson (Limp Bizkit, the Used, The Cure, and more), Mark Hamilton (94-7 NRK's Program Director), John Reese (President of Freeze Management in Los Angeles), Paul Gomez, and other music industry veterans.

Each band was allowed to play three songs. Railer, the third of five bands to perform, "Gave me goose bumps", said John Reese, President of Freeze Management. The five piece rockwave outfit, armed with keyboards and more vintage guitar pedals that a mom and pop music store, tore through their set to their loyal group of fans dancing in Joy Division shirts and black leather jackets.

Railer, an unknown with less than 15 shows played recently signed to Invisible Records (Chicago based label owned by Martin Atkins of Ministry, Public Image Limited fame). The prizes they won include the chance to work with widely known producer Steve Evetts (Misfits, Buzkill, Lenny Kravitz), potential signing with Freeze Management (also managing The Cure, The Used, Custom), five days at Tyger Recording Studios, $500 in musical equipment from Joyful Noise Music, $500 worth of Hurley International Clothing, and $1,000 cash prize!! The other four bands will get $250 and $250 worth of Hurley International Gear.

Railer will be the opening band for Pigface and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult at the Roseland Theater on April 14 in Portland, Oregon.

- Railer