Maylene and the Sons of Disaster Premiere Video

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster Premiere “DRY THE RIVER”, their new video, on MTV2 this Saturday.

        Hard-hitting Birmingham, AL band MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER‘s video for the song “Dry the River” will make its MTV2 premiere this Saturday as part of the network’s “Headbangers Ball” program.  Still shots from the much-talked-about video have been posted online at this location.

The conceptual video, a live action recreation of the artwork from the band’s new album, “MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER: II”, was helmed by Director Andrew Paul Bowser and tells the story of “the last night for a gang of criminals” (as portrayed by the members of MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER) whose “lucky streak has finally come to an end.”  “Dry the River” was filmed at the wondrous Sanna Ranch in Agua Dulce, CA, which has previously served as the film location for the motion pictures “Bones” and “Prime Evil”.

“The ‘Dry The River’ video was based on the layout of the our new album “II”, and it turned out amazing,” MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER vocalist Dallas Taylor explains.  “To me it feels like watching a short film and I don’t think it could have turned out any better – I am so proud of it.  The experience was like being a part of something more that just a music video.  We put ourselves through a lot of difficult things, like standing in 40 degree water for an extended periods of time, falling down hills and being dragged over rocks.  I believe that all of the hard work we put in, coupled with the vision of Director Andrew Bowser will ensure that this video comes across as more of an ‘experience’ for the viewer.”  To view the video, please visit this location.

        Released via New Jersey’s Ferret Music, “MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER: II” is an album that is conceptual in nature, expounding on the true tales of 1920’s gangster Ma Barker and her prohibition era real-life crime family.  The record’s gritty musical shootouts are filled with intricate guitar riffing and whiskey drenched grooves, while the lyrics take your imagination back to a time when the exploits of gangs of criminals gripped the American people and press.  The album has met to shining critical acclaim in the weeks since its release and debuted at # 156 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart with first week sales of nearly 6,000 copies.

Tireless road dogs, MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER has been on tour in support of “II” for the whole of 2007, showing no signs of slowing down.  The band and their hard hitting live show has also been added to the star-studded cast of the 2007 Vans Warped Tour, where they will perform alongside Bad Religion, Fishbone, Sum 41 and more.  Additionally, MAYLENE has announced September and October, 2007 tour dates alongside Underoath and Every Time I Die.  The highly anticipated trek is slated to kick off on September 15 in Hot Springs, AR.  A full listing of upcoming MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER follows this message.

In addition to Taylor, MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER features guitarists Josh Cornutt, Josh Williams and Scott Collum, bassist Roman Haviland and drummer Lee Turner.

        MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER is available to speak with interested press.  To chat with the band / request a copy of MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER: II, / attend a live performance, simply contact ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below.  Updated MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER news and tour information will be made available via the band’s online domains: /, the Ferret Music website: and the ACTION! website:

    * View the MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER: II E-Card at this location.

“There’s no whiskey factory large enough to hold this sucker.  It’s Derek Trucks discovering his inner Mastodon.  It’s Lamb of God suddenly trading in metalcore for .38 Special.” – LAS VEGAS CITY LIFE

“It’s Lynyrd Skynyrd that will liquefy your innards.  Some call it Kentucky Fried Hardcore.  One thing is certain: The band’s latest album, “II,” is a blast of summer headbanging that goes down like the finest moonshine.” – IDAHO STATESMAN

    “If Lynyrd Skynyrd had a hair up their butts and were more generally pissed-off than Slayer, they’d sound a whole lot like Birmingham, Alabama’s Maylene and the Sons of Disaster.” – LA CITYBEAT

    “A menacing, stentorian sound of ’70s boogie rock gone Southern metal” – ORLANDO WEEKLY

    “Armed with songs that regularly perform shotgun weddings between stoner rock and old-school metallic boogie.” – DENVER WESTWORD

“furious…the concept is not restricted to Taylor’s lyrics. The album’s layout re-creates the fatal shootout that claimed Ma Barker’s life, featuring images of the band, riddled with bullet holes, slumped over in chairs and spread out across a small cabin’s floorboards.” – MTV NEWS

    “One of 2007’s ‘Bands You Need To Know” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS

  “II expands the band’s sound with a forceful metal sound that compliments Taylor’s growls.  The result is a fantastic album that shoots straight for every Southern boy’s heart, full of aggressive and catchy hooks that have too long been missing from more noise-obsessed metal bands, and a unique message informed by a deranged obsession with one of the south’s most infamous group of outlaws.” – BIRMINGHAM WEEKLY

    “Maylene and the Sons of Disaster proved they were on to something potentially cool, and they follow that up in very confident fashion on their new album… we can’t help but hope Maylene and the Sons of Disaster continue trudging through hard rock’s backwoods” – POPMATTERS

    “For their sophomore release, Maylene gets conceptual, channeling the chilling tale of prohibition-era gangster Ma Barker into a hard-driving Southern rock record.  On II, the group produces jarring, fearless metal and thunderous rock as they unleash a virtuous, three-guitar fury with a refreshingly strong lyrical narrative.” – CMJ

    “Conceptually inspired by the Depression-era Ma Barker Gang, ‘II’ hits getaway-car speed with mid-album crunchers like “Darkest of Kin” and “Raised by the Tide.”  The bullet-riddled balladry of the discs’ latter third may bring these boys down in the end, but it’s still one helluva ride.” – REVOLVER

    “This is music steeped in Southern traditions, yet modern enough to bring them into the new millennium.  Maylene’s latest goes so full-immersion into the legend of one of the early 20th century’s most notorious citizens that it sometimes seems possible that the ghosts of Ma Barker and her sons are lurking in the grooves.” – THE HARTFORD COURANT

“MAYLENE come across as a dirty southern rock band playing to their hardcore and metallic roots / strengths; vocalist Dallas Taylor’s better at being screamy and doing the raspy AC/DC holler, the rhythm section is as tight as the Daytona 500 starting grid and they write fucking monstrous choruses…like a more youthful RAGING SLAB or DOWN, courtesy of a huge-sounding tri-axe attack.” – METAL MANIACS

    “For polished boot-stompin’ stonerboogie, this album is pretty damn spot on and puts to shame, say, Black Label Society’s one-trick ponyisms.” – DECIBEL

    “a tasty platter of southern-tinged hard rock strut and metallic boogie that succeeds both for its blazing riffs and memorable songwriting…an ambitious effort on which the sounds and the story weave together into an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable whole…gripping” – BLABBERMOUTH

    “MAYLENE, comprised of Dallas Taylor (vocals), Lee Turner (drums), Roman Haviland (bass), and Scott Collum, Josh Cornutt, and Josh Williams (guitars), have taken concept albums to a new level by not only telling the story of Ma Barker but taking on the role of her gun-slinging sons.” – THE AQUARIAN WEEKLY

    “the triple guitar attack is just colossal…II is a top-notch southern rock/metal effort.  This album goes above and beyond any expectations that may have been set.  MAYLENE is easily going to make themselves known in the rock and metal community with this release.” – DECOY MUSIC

    “heavy metal meets history as the songs are inspired by the prohibition era mayhem of Ma Barker and her boys.” – POSITIVELY YEAH YEAH YEAH

MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER tour dates:

* With He Is Legend, etc.

Jul 14     As part of the Sonshine Festival     Wilmar, Minnesota
Jul 15     Clearwater Theatre           West Dundee, Illinois
Jul 16     Remington’s Downtown     Springfield, Missouri
Jul 17     Pop’s                              Sauget, Illinois
Jul 18    The Sanctuary                 Shelbyville, Indiana
Jul 19    Bogart’s                           Cincinnati, Ohio
Jul 20    Magic Stick                      Detroit, Michigan
Jul 21    Bulldog Cafe                     Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 22    Alley Katz                          Richmond, Virginia
Jul 24    The Ottobar                      Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 25   The Fillmore at the TLA     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 26    School of Rock                 S. Hackensack, New Jersey
Jul 27    Knitting Factory                New York, New York
Jul 28    Peekskill Elks Lodge         Peekskill, New York
Jul 29    Revolution Hall                  Troy, New York
Jul 30     The Living Room               Providence, Rhode Island
Jul 31    Upstairs at the Palladium   Worcester, Massachusetts

Aug 2    As part of the Soul Festival 2007     Gilford, New Hampshire

* As part of the 2007 VANS WARPED Tour:

Aug 4    Nassau Coliseum     New York, New York
Aug 5    Raceway Park         New Jersey, New Jersey
Aug 7    Wireless Amphitheatre     Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug 8    Post Gazette Pavilion     Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 9    Tweeter Center Lot         Boston, Massachusetts
Aug 10   Darien Lakes Fields       Buffalo, New York
Aug 11   Park Place                    Toronto, Ontario
Aug 12   Park Jean Drapeau        Montreal, Ontario
Aug 14   UMB Bank Pavilion        St. Louis, Missouri
Aug 15   Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre     Kansas City, Kansas
Aug 17   Idaho Center Amp.         Boise, Idaho
Aug 18   Gorge Amphitheatre       Seattle, Washington
Aug 19   Columbia Meadows        Portland, Oregon
Aug 22   Selland Arena                Fresno, California
Aug 23   Sleep Train Amphitheatre Lot      Sacramento, California
Aug 24   Coors Amphitheatre        San Diego, California
Aug 25   Home Depot Center        Los Angeles, California

w/ Underoath & Every Time I Die:

9/15 Hot Springs, AR – Cordero Fest
9/22 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre
9/23 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
9/24 Austin, TX – La Zona Roza
9/25 Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
9/26 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
9/28 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
9/29 Irvine, CA – Oak Canyon Ranch (CORNERSTONE 2007, w/
Underoath, Anberlin, Haste the Day + more)

w/ Underoath & Every Time I Die, Poison the Well:

9/30 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/1 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
10/5 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
10/9 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
10/10 Seattle, WA – The Fenix


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