Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the world’s greatest unknown band,” The Good Rats from Long Island reached wide acclaim in the mid-70’s as club favorites and Warner Brothers recording artists. Following the 1974 release of their best-known TASTY LP, the Rats performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and the Nassau Coliseum. Drummer Joe Franco left the band to join Twisted Sister and founder/songwriter/vocalist Peppi Marchello passed away in 2013.
Now Good Rats’ original guitarist Mickey Marchello has joined multi-instrumentalist Izzy Meth in a special tribute to his brother Peppi. Wildwood Productions has released “Let’s Have Another Beer,” an extraordinary Peppi Marchello composition about mid-life and melancholy.
“I loved my brother and really miss him,” says Mickey. “It’s hard to believe he’s been gone this long. The Good Rats were something special—that’s why there’s still so many fans decades after we stopped playing and recording.”
“I grew up listening to the Good Rats and was privileged to see Peppi play when I was very young,” says Izzy Meth, who arranged the new recording. “I wanted to salute this great songwriter and ‘Let’s Have Another Beer’ was the perfect way to do that.”
“Let’s Have Another Beer” can be heard on Apple iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and Amazon Music.
Wildwood Productions, LLC is an independent record label and audio-visual production and distribution company headquartered in New York.
Indie label Wildwood Productions, LLC welcomed Izzy Meth into its stable of independent musicians this week. The 17-year-old multi-instrumentalist is slated to telease a series of rock-centric covers, including Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio.” Industry tastemakers highlight Meth’s vocal, guitar, drums, piano and synth work, which belie his years, and his refreshing new arrangements.
“Izzy Meth is awesome,” said veteran drummer Joe Franco responding to the Rush cover. Franco, a founding member of The Good Rats and long-time Twisted Sister member, noted: “I first heard of Izzy as a drummer but at 17 years old, he is now a singer and multi-instrumentalist excelling at every instrument he touches. Bravo!”
“Fresh and inventive, young Izzy has captured magic with his unique version of this Rush classic,” said Bruce Kulick, long-time guitarist of Kiss.
“Some say rock and roll is dead,” said pioneer punk rock writer/bassist Andy Shernoff of the Dictators, “but it warms this rockin’ senior citizen’s heart to hear Izzy Meth singing sweetly and playing all the instruments on his first recording, with the passion and spirit of a young Todd Rundgren or Paul McCartney. Old school meets new school; the future looks bright for Izzy Meth.”
Wildwood’s CEO, Darren Stakey, remarked, “The sky’s the limit for this exciting new talent. We’re proud to welcome Izzy Meth to our roster. He brings a truly unique and vibrant energy to his productions.”
Izzy Meth’s “The Spirit of Radio” can be pre-ordered now on Apple iTunes by clicking here.
Wildwood Productions, LLC is an independent record label and audio-visual production and distribution company headquartered in New York. The company’s mission is to create and promote exciting new music and original content.