LIVE SHOW REVIEWS
Opening the show was Dayton's own Mystery Addicts. Steven Gullett, Jamy Holliday and the boys were energetic and feeling good from the look and sound of things. The only thing I could possibly ask of them would be to shout "1-2-3-4" once in a while before a couple of songs; otherwise they put on a tight set of great, old-school punk rock. Quick side note: If for some crazy reason you haven't seen this band, do it soon. The Mystery Addicts have tapped into a seriously good musical vein in the past couple of years, and have a great record (Unluck and Shame) on the shelves. If Dayton can't support this band, then maybe we should shut the scene down for a while, like that fountain, and see about repairs.
"Sound like a Midwest Social Distortion with more attitude."
The Mystery Addicts, visually less showy than usual (nobody was in a G-string, fishnets or the like), but Dayton's premier glam-punk band nonetheless rocked the crowd with a perfect mix of eyeliner, sweet and loud guitar work, and hair that simply wouldn't look right on my head. This was the group's CD release party, which couldn't have come at a better time for this band. The Mystery Addicts have pulled things together and sound better than I ever remember.
Playing with an extremely sick (with the flu) guitarist, Steven Gullett, and drummer, Bryan Labonte, The Mystery Addicts nonetheless kicked some serious musical butt during its performance in front of the most people to grace Canal Street Tavern during this night. Jamy Holliday performed in all his starky glory - the guitarist/vocalist's dry wit and striking stage presence truly set him apart from the pack.
- SARA FARR
"Prime Punk: Canal Street Tavern deserves some serious kudos for the February 5th MONDOLUX / MYSTERY ADDICTS / MINK show it hosted. I haven't seen a show that good in Dayton for a while. In my opinion, those three bands are among the best Dayton has to offer. The look, the sound, the musicianship-it was all there, in its punk-rock glory, for the taking."
- SARA FARR
& CD REVIEWS
Daytonís own Mystery Addicts support (Cherry 13), a perfect choice given the bandís similar punk penchant. Their latest self-released disc, Unluck And Shame, is comparable in attitude and time-reference, but the glam angle is played up further; listening to tracks like ďBye, ByeĒ and the obviously autobiographical ďDead GlamorousĒ you can almost see the band in outlandish outfits and smeared mascara. The band also channels the sound of the Dead Boys, revealing a love for all things sleazy.
Picking up the trash / glam / punk torch passed from the New York Dolls to Hanoi Rocks to D-Gen to the Trash Brats, the Dayton-based Mystery Addicts are equal parts spit and polish. Singers / guitarists Jamy Holliday and Steven Gullett, drummer Bryan Labonte and bassist Tod Weidner (Paul Bard) perform in a no-bullshit manner from the get-go on their finely crafted disc Unluck and Shame.
Songs like Faster Disaster, Dead Glamorous and Never Gonna Live Forever have more hooks than a prosthetic limb factory. The guitars churn, the vocals snarl and the bass and drums provide the beats that keep these tattooed glam boys in gear throughout the killer slab's 12 cuts. Tight trousers, mascara and Aquanet - the de rigueur uniform for acts like this - fit these lads like a glove.
- Paul Bearer
The Mystery Addicts are like the ragged whores of Ohio punk, pissed on and passed over and traded around for years. That's not at all a condemnation of the band, it's just the miserable truth of it all. But you know, whores look beautiful under the streetlights, and they've always got the best stories to tell. The Addicts are glam punks, but leaning a lot more heavily on the eyeliner than the safety pins, for once. It's kind of difficult to peg influences on these creatures, because the truth is, they're the influences, not the other way around. Doesn't matter, really, if Buckcherry or any other neuvo-sleaze rock band claim the Addicts as inspirations or that they've even heard of them, because these cats were there already, infecting troubled hearts with the black blood of poisoned glitter and drug tongues and the devil's red right hand in a the endless game of dirty rock poker. They've been on the brink of it all, stared blinking into the blank eyes of success and the hungry mouth of failure, and they've jumped in every time, just to see how it feels on the other side. They, like their fellow rock and roll lifers in the Trash Brats, have the uncanny ability to take a genre of music that's known- in fact, thrives- on lying and cheating and stealing and hustling, and turned it into a brutally honest form of tattered, bloody, confessional street poetry. Sonically speaking, you know the drill- New York Dolls, KISS, Iggy, the Dictators- gut punching street swagger and pop hooks smeared with grit. Metaphorically, think the charismatic dreamer that you wish you got to know better before he walked in front of a speeding train. The Mystery Addicts deserve better than they get, man. Slip on 'Unluck and Shame' next time your ready to get real, real gone instead of 'Total 13', and see the difference real bad luck makes.
There are still plenty of rocknroll glam punk bands out on the streets of the USA. A style that was never really popular in Europe since it got confused with the LA glam metal scene too much, even though the Sleaze bands of that time also possessed a punky attitude. As with every scene most bands sound similar and also The mystery addicts havent reinvented the wheel, but that is exactly the power behind them. This is high-octane urban street glam punk rawk with a good sound and plenty of tunes to tap your feet to. Party on with great anthems like "Black Strawberry", "Dead Glamorous" and the more hard rocking sound of "Expire". For those that embrace bands this nature get in contact with these whiskey drenched boys from Dayton Ohio and order this release.
a smoke-filled bar. You're not the oldest person at a show for a change.
In fact, it's a 21 and up show. You feel young despite being in your
mid-20's. The bands suck: bad covers, bad metal, and bad hair. You saw
the flyer and thought you were going to a punk show. You're starting
to feel sick to your stomach. If the next band's more of the same you're
out of there. Three guys get on the stage looking sort of like the Trash
Brats or maybe the band from the movie The Driller Killer. They plug
in and play. And you're blown away. Now, I've never seen The Mystery
Addicts, but I bet their shows go something like I just described. They
play fiery glam punk, with influences ranging from The Bags on down.
A bare bones rock 'n' roll ass shaking from the first track to the last,
this fastidiously perfected ROCK. I don't know if they've been a band
for long or not, but this is a fine debut. Imagine a glam/fem more rocking
version of The Heartdrops. Take me back to Ohio TONIGHT!
FLYER FANZINE #33
glam punk rock n roll outta Ohio that have echoes of the ghost of THE
DEAD BOYS haunting the airwaves. Well this is the stuff I love so much
these days, but THE MYSTERY ADDICTS who feature a few members who spent
time in such punk acts as TOXIC REASONS now kick starting the scene
with a sound that screams and shouts with a sound that gives off a BACKYARD
BABIES, AEROSMITH, DOLLS, D GENERATION, TRASH BRATS, DIMESTORE HALOES,
DEAD BOYS and FASTER PUSSYCAT feel of sleaziness.
MYSTERY ADDICTS- Without question, The Sleeziest, Glamrocker Of The
Issue. This Dayton, Ohio (Where?!) band might be one of the best kept
secrets going. I've met these guys and lemme tell ya, they are bad,bad
boys. (Good bad, not evil...) When they're not breaking apart, beating
up bass players or in rehab or jail I rank 'em with the Waldo's, Rocket
69, The Dragons and a couple others. "
Formed from the ashes of Daytonís Love Lies Bleeding and Haunting Souls (the latter of which included members of Brainiac, The Amps, Guided By Voices, O-Matic and Enon) The Mystery Addicts have followed up a couple of EPís and comp appearances with their first full-lengther. Unluck and Shame contains 12 cuts of ragged, trashy, glam punk that would make the likes of Johnny Thunders, Hanoi Rocks and the New York Dolls proud. In a perfect world tunes like the ultra-catchy "Faster Disaster", "Never Gonna Live Forever" and "Flash N Bruise" would be blasting out of the radio every time you turned it on instead of modern day punk wannabes like Green Day and Blink 182. If you like your punk 70ís style then Unluck and Shame is what you need.
guys are punk purists whose music harks back to a time before "punk"
was something you could buy at Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, most of the
group's previous recordings were muddy and failed to capture any of
the band's energy. Unluck and Shame blows those previous demos
to shreds, showing that these guys are the real deal.
77 punk / glam tunes, all featuring the proper amounts of slop and trash.
This is as solid as it comes. Fans of the TRASH BRATS and DIMESTORE
HALOES should especially take note."
yes ! This is glam punk at its best. I didn't really know this band
before and this CD makes me regret it. There are 12 songs combining
the sweat and energy of punk rock with the decadence and attitude of
glam. Well, it would be difficult for me to choose some favourite tunes
here cause they're all great.
...the new CD, OUTFUCKINGSTANDING!"
I sat down with The Mystery Addicts on a sunny Thursday morning at The
Trolley Stop in the Oregon District, it was clear I was talking to a
rock 'n' roll band, complete with eyeliner, jangly bracelets and an
abundance of ink on their bodies. Though the downtown lunch crowd might
have a paused a second or two for a closer look, the group was ready
to get down to the business at hand - talking about its five-year evolution
and brand-new, full-length CD, Unluck and Shame.
May 26 marks the release of a long-awaited full length CD by one of Dayton's finest bands, the Mystery Addicts. Titled Unluck and Shame, this disc is a crash course in Rock 101. Drawing on influences from some of my faves (such as Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls, Dog's D'Amour and even the almighty Rolling Stones), Unluck and Shame is destined to be another Dayton gem.
The CD was recorded in Cincinnati's Ultra Suede studios and produced by owner and ex-Afghan Whig member John Curley.
This chick was lucky enough to get her hands on a preview of the CD about a month ago, and I haven't quit listening to it since.
You can check out a preview of the CD on the band's web site at
The Mystery Addicts also put on one of the best rock shows here or anywhere. Find out for yourself on May 26, when the band plays a CD-release party at Canal Street Tavern, 308 E. First St.
Doubling the danger and tripling the fun, the Jackalopes will also be
Shows like this don't happen every weekend, so if you consider yourself
a fan of rock 'n' roll at all, then don't miss this show.
VICIOUS KITTEN #8
THE MYSTERY ADDICTS e.p. (Beer City) - Over the last couple of years, Beer City have released some of the best punk, hardcore and oi! records going around. The US Bombs, the very rockin' Wanda Chrome & the Leather Pharaohs and Brisbane's own HC kings Disrupt Youth to name a few. You can add the Mystery Addicts to that short list cos if raucous old school punk does it for ya, you are gonna absolutely love these cats! This is raw n primitive sonic glam action played by a bunch o brats who religiously pray to the Dead Boys. "Good Boys Don't Kill" is total Dead Boys charged action, and fuck me if that's not Bator on vocals! Raw, loud 'n' rocking and an absolute scorcher ! "Gimme Life" is faster, in your face damage which rocks in a Sinisters kind of way. "Frankenstein Freak" is again raw and rocking ala the Humpers and best played cranked up. The EP ends with the all out rockin' of "All Tramped Up", full of bitchin' guitar and powerful, hardhitting vocals. This is the shit folks! Can't wait to hear more from this lot. Well worth your hard earned.
MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL #181
THE MYSTERY ADDICTS e.p. (Beer City) - This is nothing new, but rockin' nonetheless. In their finer moments, they remind me of the NEW BOMB TURKS. All the ingredients for a spectacular band are here, totally energetic, good tunes, but they didn't sweep me off my feet. More than likely, though, that's because I'm a pile of human garbage, because intellectually, I know that this is a keeper. Fuck my fickle ways, you should check this out.
MUTANT RENEGADE ZINE #9
THE MYSTERY ADDICTS e.p. (Beer City)- Dayton's kings of beer and adrenaline fueled glam punk, rock out this 4 song 7". Drink, pogo, slam, growl and lose control, but not nessicarily in that order. If you like bands like MC5, New York Dolls, Iggy, Dead Boys, Ramones, then you'll love the Mystery Addicts.
THE DAYTON BUZZ
MYSTERY ADDICTS -- Good Boys Don't Kill (7 inch)
- Annie, THE DAYTON BUZZ
- Teri, THE DAYTON BUZZ
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CHECKIN' THE CHARTS
The band keeps an extensive touring schedule so the next time they play Dayton check them out. They are one of the best live bands on the local scene. With the new CD they are getting air-play on WOXY 97X and they are gaining a cult following every city they play
You know how dogz always used to look like they just got outta bed with
four groupies, drank a bottle of warm JD and then gone " Yeah man
lets write some sleazy shit!?"Well, the mystery addicts are the same..I
love the vocal...bitterly fucked by booze and cigz. Shades of Tyla.. it's
glam but it aint pretty, and while bands like PBF (pretty boy floyd) never
had a hair outta place and sang about sunset strip, The Addicts make fucked
Opening for the Prissteens are are Dayton's The Mystery Addicts, who bill themselves as "glam punk sonic rock 'n' roll" but who might also be happy to be thought of as one of the best shows in town.
thing that hits ya is the big, metal crunch of the razor blade guitar
sound, but it may be the combination of Jamy's meanass, throaty, whisky-wrecked
yowl, reminiscent of Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, and Steven Miller of
Electric Frankenstein; with Steven's studied, reference-heavy, glitter
rock poetry that lifts them above this glut of samey, redundant, glam/trash/punk
groups who all do a bang-up job of dressing like their idols, but lack
their own identity.
- JASON DIMITRI MONROE
--You could say they're the band that almost wasn't. But even with the
roadblocks that had previously threatened to stop the machine that is
the Mystery Addicts, this punk-rock trio continues to push forward. Minus
a bass player, that is. Founding member Jamy Holliday tells of the close
calls that almost ended it all for the band, but he is quick to point
out that this time around there is a greater sense of dedication among
the three. And as far as the absentee bass player, Mystery Addicts get
by with a little help from some talented and dedicated friends. Eric Purtle,
guitarist for the group Mondolux, and Tod Weidner, singer and guitarist
for Shrug, share bass duties for the Addicts, who are actively seeking
a permanent fourth member. "It actually gets difficult when you know so
many musicians and you know how they play, deciding on someone will be
tough," Holliday said.
Jennica L. Stout writes about the Dayton-area music scene.
-Nicholas C. Kizirnis