Not Exactly Sludge Rock (Or CSTB’s) Greatest Hits : Recalling The Early Days Of Kyle Turley’s Indie Label

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Whether it was David Roth’s recent entry for The Classical about ill-advised athlete-run labels or the amazing news that Kyle Turley’s ensemble had been chosen to perform following last night’s New Orleans Bowl — possibly the most coveted gig on the sporting calendar next to playing one of Austin’s two competing Roller Derby promotions — I couldn’t help but look back on Turley’s initial label investments, long before his own recordings were zooming up the Billboard Heatseeker Chart (For Vaguely Hank III-Inflected Wallet-On-A-Chain Metal).¬† Turley, who recently touted himself as an replacement for Hank Jr. on “Monday Night Football” (“I think I would be a pretty fitting choice if they are throwing names in the hat..I definitely know my talents there, and I have a lot of great music and I have proven myself as a song writer, seems like a pleasant enough fellow, but who knows how his sensibilities might’ve developed¬† were he an acolyte of Jeff Clayton rather than say, Phil Anselmo?¬† The following is from CSTB, Sept. 14, 2006 ;

Looks like Trevor Pryce will have a bit of competition. In addition to calling Bryant Gumbel “a fucking moron”, Chiefs G Kyle Turley (above, right) shares his independent label plans with Sports Illustrated’s Michael Silver.

Silver: Speaking of cash, what’s up with your music career?

Turley: Well, I’ve started a record label, Gridiron Records, and I’m planning on kicking some ass. I had a lot of downtime when I was out for those two years, and I’d made a lot of friends in the music industry. I hooked up with this guy named Mikey Doling, who had founded a band called Snot out of Santa Barbara. They had played Ozzfest and were gonna be huge but the singer got in a car crash and died, and that was that.

Mikey’s a killer guitarist, and he and I would see these phenomenal bands in Hollywood that were still unsigned, and that set the wheels in motion: ‘Dude, we need to start a label.’ So, now we have our own MySpace page, and we’re signing three kinds of bands: rock, hard rock and super-heavy. We have this band called Harebrain Scheme that sounds sort of like death metal mixed with the Beatles, 311-style reggae and Queen. Fred Durst heard them and was blown away; they’re gonna be all over the radio. And we have a super-heavy band called Asesino that’s like the Mexican Slayer — all the lyrics are in Spanish, and the musicians all dress up as different characters. It’s awesome.

One response to “Not Exactly Sludge Rock (Or CSTB’s) Greatest Hits : Recalling The Early Days Of Kyle Turley’s Indie Label”

  1. David Roth says:

    Right around the words “I’m planning on kicking some ass,” I started reading this in Kenny F. Powers’s voice.

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