RAGING SLAB (1983–PRESENT). Greg Strzempka (guitar/vocals), Elyse Steinman (slide guitar), Mats Rydstrom (bass), Niklas Matsson (drums).
Raging Slab are one of the best Southern rock boogie bands to come out of New York City. Slab, who have been described as a combination of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Metallica, have long put out some of the best rock of its kind since their debut in 1987 with Assmaster. Although the band has probably never been taken as seriously as they might by potential fans outside of New York City, they have continued to record and tour with their postmodern version of rootsy yet ballsy seventies-flavored rock, hitting a creative and commercial peak with the 1993 album Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert, whose title pretty much says it all. Cuts like “Anywhere But Here” and “Take a Hold” showcased the band’s classic yet innovative songwriting and performing style, sounding like a thoroughly retro yet modern group. The album remains the band’s high point, as legal complications following their departure kept them from recording until 2000. They have since begun to record and tour again, though somewhat sporadically.
Discography: Assmaster (Buy Our, 1987); True Death (Restless, 1989); Raging Slab (RCA, 1989); Slabbage (Restless, 1993); Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert (Warner Bros., 1993); Sing Monkey Sing (Warner Bros., 1996); The Dealer (Tee Pee, 2001); Pronounced Eat Shit (Tee Pee, 2002); Slabbage/True Death (Restless, 1991).