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SHAWN RAINER / Press

“In a time where classic rock bands are diminishing, the four piece band SXX arrives in full force. Playing out of Kalamazoo, SXX reaches all audience types with their diverse musical arrangements and original songs.”

“Shawn Rainer, drummer for the Battle Creek veteran band SXX, kept using the words "working man's band" during our hour-and-a-half interview at Penn Station a couple of weeks ago. About halfway through the interview, I was really starting to believe it.”

“SXX is a veteran of Battle Creek's hard-up music scene, with eight years of classic dark rock under its belt and marked with the wisdom of that experience. The reason for the group's longevity, its members say, is its fun, party spirit and their ability to relate to fans.”

“Based out of Battle Creek, Michigan , this power rock trio has their stuff together. From the jump and jive "Sta Smooth George" to the haunting "Alien Design," this five song ep delivers the goods.”

“DAVID: First off, what does SXX mean? Is there a special meaning or significance to your band name? SHAWN: At first we picked the name because it wasn't already taken. I think it's really just a band logo that happens to say "SXX", kind of like when Prince took on that goofy symbol back in the 90's. Our goofy logo just happens to be legible. There isn't any hidden meaning other than that we want everyone to remember our band name.”

“I believe I heard that this band was compared to STYX, but after listening to their debut CD 'Defining moments' I haven't heard any influence of that Classic Pomprockband. BAD OSCAR has more appeal to the 90s Hardrocksound. Opener "Cracker man" is a heavy 90s groovy rocker. Happily, next track "The offer" is much better, this is a nice semi melodic rocker a la XYZ. Then another 90s typed rocker in the shape of "In the line". And actually the rest of this CD has the same variety.”