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The MESS / Press

"Jay Luke is the bastard son of Randy Rhoads and Sebastian Bach" Dead Dave of DeadDavesRadio.com at a performance in Scranton PA

"As cool as it was to be the headliner of a W.A.S.P. show, it was very sad to see one of my heroes show his true self." Jay Luke

“Allentown,PA club Crocodile Rock suffered through W.A.S.P. drama queen Blackie Lawless & his band of goons canceling hours before going onstage, along with an unpaid food bill. Yet another fine example of heavy metal showmanship. Statements from opening act THE MESS & the venue itself below.”

“Jay Luke of The MESS issued the following statement regarding their headlining slot of Monday's Allentown Pa gig where W.A.S.P. canceled.”

“THE MESS Comment On Canceled W.A.S.P. Date In Allentown - "The Most Unprofessional Display I'd Ever Witnessed" says Jay Luke”

“while Jay walked into a bar being remodeled he caught a sign on the door that said "Pardon the mess" He said it was like being hit by a bolt of lightning. So they immediately agreed on "The MESS" because it could be both blatant and vague at the same time. ”

“NORTHEASTERN, Pa. - "We do what we want to without compromising ourselves as artists" - vocalist/guitarist Jay Luke commenting on his band, The Mess. This statement sums up the originality, personality, and fiercely independent vibe of The Mess, a Scranton based rock/punk/metal group.”

“Last Friday night, local musicians Jay Luke & Janson Harris of The Mess played 3 electric sets at the New Penny Lounge in Scranton.1980s metal, punk,grunge,& classic rock were all on the menu,making it clear the band's influence is all over the rock'n'roll spectrum. ”

“CUSP:Do you find The MESS successful? Luke:We're all different.It's not a million dollars & being pampered.It's writing good music with your band,& connecting to your audience. When people in a crowd sing along to a song that you've written that to me is success. No better feeling in the world”

“What are the strengths & weaknesses of the local music scene? "Well one strength about the scene is that there are a lot of good musicians. The problem being most of them don't get the credit they deserve because there's always a bigger draw for Top 40 cover band, which is a very sad thing.”