Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, hello and welcome back to our third annual year-end daily countdown, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Follow the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician that perhaps you haven’t been turned onto yet, and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today we are gonna head back down to Oregon for a band called The Streakin’ Healys.
One time through the catalog of The Streakin’ Healys will drive home the fact that this is drinkin’ music – or I should say “Drankin’ music!” Make no mistake this is a drunkabilly band but they can shred punk rock with the best of them with ferocious guitar licks and a driving drum beat.
The Streakin’ Healys are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore release, this fall’s self-titled vinyl LP. Though a hard date has not been set for the anticipated album, the hillbilly punk-rock four piece have given fans a little something to wet their whistle.
FIGHTER is the latest offering from the band. The Streakin’ Healys released their debut Booze Fighter in the spring of 2011, as a six-piece folk-punk band filled with fiddle, banjo and washtub bass. Evolution has seen the band arrive as a full blown, electric rock & roll band. FIGHTER is a re-recording and re-imagining of the debut and taste of frontman Mike Healy’s vision for the future of the band. The recording has appeared on 90.3 Freeform Portland, and is a part of the This is Portland Not Portlandia! compilation album.
FIGHTER brings back frontman and orchestrator Mike Healy, along with lead guitarist Double Wide. New on the recording is Classy Pete on drums, and Manassas on electric bass. Former drummer Jessica de Jesus returns to lend her vocals to the aptly titled duet, “Do It”. FIGHTER promises to be an exciting addition to the band’s catalog and a tease of what is to come!
“We went into my home studio”, says Healy, “and wanted to record this album as energetic, dirty, and raw as possible. I think we succeeded!”
If the thought of mixing rockabilly with punk rock intrigues you, check this band out, they are a riot!