By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Anyway, the Dead End Kidz have made a CD, recorded for free and coincidentally, it is said, in the old Hindenburg hangar in Lakehurst. It owes a bit to 1974 Kiss. And since I'm no member of the Kiss Army, it's my view the basic model left room for a lot of improvement because, as any true student of the game will tell you, by the time of Hotter Than Hell, 80 percent of Kiss's eventual money shots were already one LP behind them. So if you've got a hankering for the sound but your stomach clenches at the suggestion of a cash outlay for Kiss remasters, know that just about everything on D.E.K. is a step up from the likes of "Parasite" and "Goin' Blind."
Further, D.E.K. carries an authentic mid-range guitar sheen. (For the non-audiophile: It sounds very underground early '70s with no trace of prole metal tone.) Its best selection, about a desire to beat someone's head in, blends catchy "hey-hey!" choruses with a briskly performed cowbell solo. Also be advised that there is another Dead End Kids floating around in cyberspace. Only they're spelled with an s instead of a z, probably because it never occurred to them. And their CD remakes the Sensational Alex Harvey Band rather than Kiss, an equally capital idea.
Available from Deadendkidz.com. The Dead End Kidz play the Wrong Way Inn in Amityville June 27 and Sagar's Tavern in Port Washington July 6.