We are DIRTY BLACK 7, NYC'S most original hard rock band. Real Music performed by a real band. DIRTY BLACK 7 will grab you by the throat and leave you feeling better about the NYC area music scene. You will not be disappointed.
Dirty Black 7 is hard rocking unit that combines accessible hook laden songs with a hard edge and puts them together with a high energy live show. Our influences bring a melting pot of musical styles (funk, hard rock, pop & metal) and blend them in to one unique brand of music.
Dirty Black 7 can be seen in NYC area night clubs such as Webster Hall, Santos Party House, The Delancy, Tammany Hall, The Bowery, The Arena, Blackthorn 51, Local 269, The Chance Theater and opening for such national acts as Eve 6, Killer Dwarfs & Straight Line Stitch.
Mike Butchar - Guitar.
In addition to Mike being endorsed by Spear Guitars USA. Mike is a high energy live player who stylistically reminds you of the players of old, as soulful as he is raw, an aggressive mix of note choice and vibrato. A throwback to players such as Johnny Winter, Angus Young and Ace Frehley, Mike Butchar can do more in 4 notes than most modern style players cannot accomplish in 50 while at the same time he incorporates many modern elements in to his craft, songwriting. "My approach to the guitar is simple. I don't try to flash and impress, I use what I have to "talk", portray an feeling that connects to people." If you have not seen this band live, Mr. Butchar's stage presence is a lively one, fully personality, fan interaction and a certain coolness that can only be desribed as "Cool".
Ron Forte - Bass
One listen to Dirty Black 7 and you will know exactly what Ron brings to the table. A veteran of such bands as Spectrum and Earth To God, Ron developed a cult following with Earth To God drawing interest from major labels in the mid 2000's. Ron's playing can best be described as furious groove laden funk that blends with and serves the song rather than self serving an ego. A unique player who brings a certain flash to the band and makes it musical. Dirty Ron is also one half of the high energy live and songwriting duo along with Mike Butchar. It is not uncommon to see Ron darting across the stage inviting other to rock out with him.
Frank Puzzillo - Drums:
Frank Puzzillo is the true John Wayne of Dirty Black 7, a man of few words and much action. "I am just the backbeat, I have a job and that is to keep time". Those are words from a very modest but monster of a player. Frank Puzzillo is a veteran professional drummer who has played on various projects over the years and can be heard on any given night playing with dozens of different musicians honing his chops. Frank takes his craft serious. This is a drummer if you have ever heard a drummer before. Frank brings balance, musicianship and an uncanny ability to sort and arrange songs to round out the band. A little inside joke in the band is that Frank is the bands MVP.
Robert Kelman Vocals:
Rob is the newest member of Dirty Black 7 and certainly the largest persona. Rob's vocals are the voice of this band. His range and stage persona is one where you can only stand back and say "This is the new Lizard King". While he is not a flashy frontman his larger than life stage presence matched with his soulful deep vocals make Dirty Black 7 a live juggernaut.
In closing, if you want great songs, great hard rock performed by a great live act. Dirty Black 7 is your & NYC's choice for Hard Rock.