ASPHALT BALLET

Country USA 

Style Hard Rock

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Asphalt Ballet is an American rock band formed in San Diego, California. Their style is rooted in blues rock and incorporates elements of hard rock and Southern rock. The band consists of vocalist Gary Jeffries, bassist Terry Phillips, drummer Mikki Kiner, and guitarists Danny Clarke and Julius J. Ulrich.

Virgin Records signed the band and released their self-titled debut album in 1991  that spawned one minor radio hit, “Soul Survive,” a popular staple on the MTV program Headbanger’s Ball. Jeffries (later fronting Alligator Stew) left due to pressure from the label to change their style to sound more like grunge. Their second album, Pigs, was released in 1993 with Tommy Dean on lead vocals. They tried to update their sound in an attempt to fit in with the changing music scene of the early 90’s. But Pigs, and its debut single “Angry Youth,” was a commercial failure, and the group parted ways. 

The band split up shortly after the release of Pigs. As of summer 2009, the band appears to be reunited and recording a new album, with Jeffries again manning the mike. The reformed lineup also includes guitarist Danny Clarke, guitarist Julius Ulrich, and drummer Mick Kiner (Ghoulspoon, Arm the Angels). In 2011, band lost guitarist Julius Ulrich and drummer Mick Kiner, both of whom went on to Vagabond Junction. 

 

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– Asphalt Ballet [1991]
– Pigs [1993]

 

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