Los Angeles rock & rollers Slojack kick out the jams with a sound that recalls the gritty punk songwriting of Mike Ness while openly gay lyrics challenge the status quo in rock music.
Principle bandmembers Eddie Fritz (vocals/keyboards) and Andy Bartel (guitar/bass/vocals) began playing together in the early '90s after Bartel responded to an ad placed by Fritz. Slojack was born. Although the band, then consisting of bassist Glenn Bassett and drummer Teddy Freese, spent much time on the road touring, their debut of white noise punk, Naked, was not released until 2000. Feeling constrained by the ever more meaningless genre label of punk, Fritz and Bartel decided to be true to the ideology of punk rock, and began writing songs to defy the expectations of their audience. They recruited drummer Geoff Haba and, following the departure of Bassett, Bartel took on the duties of playing bass. The end result was 2001's Get There From Here -- a fiery and eclectic mix that moves from roots rock to songs inspired by the likes of the Who, Iggy Pop, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and, yes, Social Distortion.