Toby Michaels & the
Double Side Release of Rolling
Damn and A Little Bit of What you Fancy
By Sally A. Schwartz
Toby Michaels & the Rolling Damned
are a Scottish rock band with a true classic rock sound.
The group's tale is almost a Sean
Connery/King Arthur type of story…but not. Toby Michaels &
the Rolling Damned actually made its debut supporting
another Scottish band, Heavens Basement, in May of 2012.
This opened doors to them playing for other acts and
festivals throughout the United Kingdom. Now their sound
is starting to make its way across the pond.
The band members are Toby Michaels,
vocals/guitar, Johnny Gash, guitar/vocals, Sixshot on bass
and Cal Sound on drums. Their double-released single that
came out on June 3, 2013, "Rolling Damn." is good ol'
classic rock with a likeness to the Marshall Tucker Band
and Molly Hatchet. It also brings to mind a now-defunct
local band, Wick's End, that I had the pleasure of seeing
more than once in Los Angeles. Somehow though, I don’t
think that Michaels & the Rolling Damned ever had the
pleasure of ripping the crotch of their pants on stage and
continuing to play like nothing ever happened as Wick's
End's bassist. (Editor's note: This certain bassist with
torn pants was none other than DaBelly's esteemed
publisher Dave Schwartz, yes, most of our staff have done
their time on stage too).
Give Toby Michaels & the Rolling
Damned a listen and judge for yourself whether you find
them tempting. I not only enjoy a good kilt-showing, but I
seem to have acquired a taste for Scottish music too. As
this is the band's debut double release, I can only think
that they will grow stronger musically and be well
received not only in Europe, but in the U.S. as well.