Double Door Welcomes


Crucified Barbara, Strychnine Strip, Hessler, Snakeskyn Whiskey

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

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A leading force in the Swedish "sleaze rock" scene of the 2000s — a revival of the glam metal (or hair metal) of the 1980s, but with a more pronounced punk element, often rawer in sound and raunchier in style — CRASHDÏET formed in 2000, taking inspiration from Skid Row, Guns N' Roses, Kiss, W.A.S.P., and G.G. Allin, and vowing to bring back the big shows and big songs of "unpredictable and dangerous" rock & roll.

In April of 2010 they released their third album entitled "Generation Wild", a masterpiece that pretty much sums up the extraordinary but yet tragic history of a band, determined to never give up their dream.

CRASHDÏET has become known as a band with a huge following of diehard fans, and although its their third time around with a new singer (Simon Cruz), the massive interest for the band never seems to fade.

The group was signed by Universal in 2004 — making them, by their reckoning, the first sleaze rock act on a major label in over ten years — and released their debut, Rest in Sleaze, the following year. The album hit number 12 on the national charts and spawned the singles "Riot in Everyone," "Breaking the Chainz," "Knokk 'Em Down," and "It's a Miracle," and the band launched an auspicious tour of Sweden to support it in the fall of 2005.

In January 2006, however, the band's lead singer and guiding light, 25-year-old Dave Lepard, committed suicide in his apartment after a bout of depression. His three surviving bandmates decided they couldn't continue the band without Lepard, but given an unexpected outpouring of sympathy and support from fans worldwide, they performed one final tribute gig in February. Several months later, the ex-members of Crashdïet met to discuss future plans, decided to continue on as a new band, and began searching for a new singer.

By October, the trio announced they had decided to continue under the name Crashdïet after all, with the approval of Lepard's family, so as to keep his spirit alive and continue to spread the band's message. In January of 2007, a year after Lepard's suicide, Crashdïet debuted with their new singer, H. Olliver Twisted. A sophomore album, The Unattractive Revolution, was released in October, preceded by the single "In the Raw," and reached number 11 on the Swedish albums chart. But their collaberation turned out to be short-lived. Due to his lack of commitment, Olliver was fired in the summer of 2008.

In June of 2009 CRASHDÏET revealed Stockholm-based Simon Cruz as the new frontman of the band. This is said to be the most solid lineup ever. The Generation World tour kicked off in mid April of 2010. Click here for tourdates

Released on April 14, Generation Wild peaked at #3 on the Swedish album chart and #1 on the Hard rock chart. The new album has received great reviews all over the world.

In August of 2010 CRASHDÏET played a free show in their home town, Stockholm in front of over 10.000 peope and later on they opened for Ozzy Osbourne in the same town.

The Gereration Wild tour has spanned from Europe, USA, South America to Australia during 2010 to 2011. Some of the dates supporting bands like Hardcore Superstar, Wednesday 13 and Michael Monroe..

CRASHDÏET are currently writing and recording pre-production for their yet untitled fourth album.

In June of 2012 they opened for Mötley Crüe in Finland.

The new album is set for a January 2013 release!
Crucified Barbara
Crucified Barbara
Crucified Barbara is a Stockholm based rock/metal band that has been around since 1998.

First album In Distortion We Trust was released in 2005.
Second album ‘Til Death Do Us Party was released in 2009.
The band is currently working on album no. 3, with producer Chips Kiesbye.

Crucified Barbara has been touring with Motörhead, In Flames, Sepultura, Backyard Babies, done tours and festivals all over Europe (Download festival, Hard Rock Hell, Sweden Rock Festival, Hellfest, Masters of Rock, Gods of Metal, Metal Ways and many more),
Strychnine Strip
Strychnine Strip
HESSLER, under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions, must through vicious determination execute their mission by any means necessary so as to set them apart and above other units in the same war.

HESSLER is a Chicago based, female fronted heavy metal band boasting a deadly twin guitar attack. Since the release of the Bad Blood E.P. in 2011, HESSLER have toured nationally and released five music videos. 2012 performances including SXSW & Rocklahoma shaped the band for their first full-length album "Comes With the Territory”. After the album release on November 27, 2012, the band embarked on a U.S. Tour in support.

A return to SXSW 2013 kicked off a new month long U.S. Tour followed by a return performance at Rocklahoma w/ Guns N' Roses, Alice in Chains, Korn, and many more. In 2013, the band took home the Chicago Reader award for "Best Metal Band". HESSLER provided music for the first documentary on legendary wrestler “The Dynamite Kid” Tom Billington.
Following a successful series of summer festive performances, a new music video was released through Revolver Magazine.

After completing a 25 show coast-to-coast U.S. tour, HESSLER brought in a new lead singer, San Antonio native and 2012 X-Factor contestant, Jessikill. The band recently recorded new music and released a new video on February 21st. A Maxi-single release and US Dates in support start on March 20, 2014 with a kick off at Double Door.
Snakeskyn Whiskey
Snakeskyn Whiskey
Snakeskyn Whiskey came to life in 2009, after lead singer Matt Dibi and bassist Jordan Dibi had just put an end to their old band “Bad Blood”.This band was going nowhere for years because of certain members,so Matt thought that it was time for a change, meaning a new band and a new name.After bieng a 3 piece band for a couple of years,Matt and Jordan had decided that maybe bieng a 4 piece band would add that extra heavyness that the band needed,and would also permit Matt to give up playing lead guitar and concentrate more on his vocals.This is where the torch was passed on to Justyn Vynn.

A couple of days after Bad Blood was no more,Matt contacted Justyn right away.Justyn had been contacted about 3 weeks before when Bad Blood was maybe considering a 4th member,but was not given a shot due to one member thinking he was not good enough.Matt and Jordan had seen potential from the song they had heard Justyn playing in and decided to give him a chance.He also had the perfect line in his ad that these 2 brothers had been looking for,it read “lead guitarist willing to do anything to make it”.This was his ticket into this new band.Althought Justyn had played in many other bands including “Cherish Your Blessing”,nothing seemed to be working for him either.Matt had set up a jam at his house with Justyn the next day,which is also where the song “In The Night” was brought out. Matt liked the riff and he knew he had made the right choice to keep Justyn. Things moved quickly from here. Now that there were 3 serious members,they all thought that getting that 4th member would be a lot easier if they had a band name.

Matt had the name “Snakeskin Sin” that he had been thinking about,and one of the first names Justyn had ever mentioned was “whiskey Saints”,but the name had already been taken,but they had the general picture of what kind of name they wanted.They had then made a list of about 40 band names and narrowed it down to about 3 names,and the one that stood out the most was “Whiskey Snakes”.It was good but it wasn’t good enough,it didn’t describe the feel for this band they were creating.So ,looking at the names they had,Matt had thought of a good idea to combine Snakeskin Sin with Whiskey Snakes,and the first thing that came out was “Snakeskyn Whiskey and they knew from there that they now had their name.

The search for the 4th member was not an easy task,but they were determined to find a real great drummer.The first drummer was an old band member that Matt had called up to see if he wanted to play a while with them,he agreed and they played the first show oct.10,2009 at Shooters bar to try things out.After playing a great show there,it was on to bigger things like battle of the bands to compete against other great montreal bands.They had come in first place at Le National in the first round,but it also came with a price to pay.The drummer had left the band the day after the show,thinking that this band didn’t have what it took to go anywhere,even though they had won first place.The remaining members didn’t look back,instead they started a new search for another drummer,because they knew the final round was in 3 months,and they really wanted to play this final round at Club Soda.After a couple of weeks of bieng unable to find somebody,they decided to call up drummer Kevin Moroney,which was a drummer for Matt’s cousin band.Kevin had been at the previous show at le National and really loved it,so he was excited to join the band as a temporary drummer.He also did the band a great favour for filling in,but the band knew that they would still have to find somebody else once everything settled.After great success at the Club Soda show,Kevin was asked to stick aorund a while longer since the offers to play gigs kept coming in.The band was booked for summer festivals and bar shows.The band still kept their eyes open for drummers,but after 2-3 auditions,they still had no luck.They had tried another drummer out afterwards for a show in Ottawa,but it was not working out so they decided to end things with this drummer.With Kevin returning to school for recording engineering,the band really had their backs up against the wall and needed to find that 4th member.It was now spetember 2010,and shows that they had booked were nearing and their new demo had just been released and they wanted to promote it by playing some big shows.

Finally a bit of luck came their way.They had gotten a response to their ad they had posted on the internet.It was a response from drummer Tommy Tarantilis.He had just stopped playing with his band called “Insanity” and was looking to get into something serious.Tommy had contacted the band months ago before that,but they were unable to meet up because Tommy had returned to his hometown in Greece for a month to take care of some things,so was unable to commit to practicing and gigging with them.When Tommy had come back,he had seen the same post about a month later and thought maybe he should contact t he band again since they were still looking.He did,and Snakeskyn Whiskey had it’s first jam with a new drummer a week later.The first jam went great and the band decided to keep Tommy,and he is now the 4th permanent member of Snakeskyn Whiskey,and they could not have asked for a more perfect match to add to this band.
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