Saints of Rebellion’s first full-length release ‘New American Dream’ is the collaborative effort of four exceptional musicians who succeed in synthesizing the best elements of their respective genres. The result is a captured energy and intensity that showcases the band’s undeniable talents.
Saints of Rebellion is fronted by singer Coby DeShazo. DeShazo hails from Huttig, Arkansas, a small town just north of the Louisiana state line. This self-proclaimed “hillbilly boy” was born and raised in the Delta, birthplace of the blues, and his southern charm is as captivating as his smoky, soulful vocal stylings. DeShazo is a commanding front man whose versatility is second only to his ability to completely immerse himself with the music.
Guitarist John Adams, born and raised in Southwest Florida, is a fearless musician who isn’t afraid to put some power behind his sound. A life-long “metal-head”, Adams carries with him the musical authority similar to that of Zakk Wylde, Slash or Rich Ward. Many of the songs featured on ‘New American Dream’ were inspired by Adams’ personal life experiences, resulting in a collection of songs that ruminate on themes of sacrifice, survival and resurrection.
Rounding out Saints of Rebellion’s rhythm section are the dynamic-duo, brothers Jay and Anthony Hitaffer from Baltimore, Maryland. These brother musicians have performed together for decades, creating a symbiotic percussive unit that is the driving force behind the band. Jay’s intricate manipulations on the bass guitar combined with Anthony’s incisive drumming form the bridge that brings Saints of Rebellion together. And Jay’s skills on back-up vocals and keyboard aid in building Saints of Rebellion’s melodic and tonal ambiance.
Saints of Rebellion’s sound has been compared to a mixture of Black Label Society and Black Stone Cherry, and has been labeled as modern day southern rock. It is a sound that excites a wide-range of audiences, appealing to fans of arena rock and heavy metal.
Brought together by Baltimore label HighVolMusic, Saints of Rebellion entered the recording studio in January 2014. ‘New American Dream’ was recorded at The Recovery Room in Conway, Arkansas and produced by Bo Hill protégé, Ty Sims. What resulted was a high-quality industry sound that gained the attention of Megaforce Records and Sony/RED Distribution. ‘New American Dream’ was released in July 2014 and is available in music stores nationwide, on iTunes and other online stores.
Saints of Rebellion has toured nationwide, performing in front of thousands of fans across the country. Saints of Rebellion members have performed both headlining gigs and as direct support for some of the music industry’s heavy hitters, including KIX; Cinderella; LA Guns; Trixter; Charm City Devils; Vince Neil; Tom Keifer; The Misfits; Sponge; Zach Myers; Black ‘n Blue; Don Dokken, and Mandy Lion.
The band has also been seen at such high-profile events as the Monsters of Rock Cruise Pre-Party (Rockerz Gone Wild Pool Party) in Miami, Florida, Soundwave Music Festival in Berlin, Maryland, the M3 Festival M-Pre Party in Columbia, Maryland, the Carnival of Chaos in Stanton, Michigan, Skull Fest in North Platte, Nebraska and Wolf Fest in Denver, Colorado. Saints of Rebellion are also official “Softies” for Show Your Soft Side, a nationwide public service campaign developed to combat the abuse of animals.
Saints of Rebellion’s plans for the future include the release of their first music video in collaboration with Clifford “The Reverend” Totten of Skyward Digital Media Creations. The band is also pursuing an active rock radio campaign via independent promotions and marketing company, SP Unlimited. Always eager to reach new fans, Saints of Rebellion will be touring in January 2015.