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Chad I Ginsburg – Vocals/Guitar/Synths

Jess Margera – Drums

Matt Deis – Bass/Synths/Backing Vocals

Once upon a time, CKY burned it all down, with a raucous, anarchic, hard

rock sound soaked in the skate-punk culture that birthed them and a

hard-partying lifestyle onstage and off that decimated relationships and

reputations in its wake. Now, CKY rises from the ashes of the aftermath

with The Phoenix , a bold mission statement that hoists the flag high for big,

raw, authentic, earth shaking rock n’ roll, liberated from useless pretense.

CKY’s sonic rebirth sounds as incendiary, expansive, and groovy as the

Joshua Tree desert where it was made, and as decadent and funky as the

strip-club adjacent rehearsal room where the songs were jammed out into

submission. Each song is a forceful meditation on what makes CKY so killer.

Chad I Ginsburg, the band’s guitarist and singer, steps into the frontman

role with charisma, charm, and bravado, confidently delivering a diverse

performance as he claims a position that was clearly rightfully his to own.

He’s joined in enduring partnership and musical and personal chemistry by

fellow CKY cofounder, Jess Margera, the drummer whose extracurricular

work in projects like The Company Band (with guys from Clutch and Fireball

Ministry) expanded CKY’s horizons as much as Ginsburg’s solo work has as

well. The duo returned to their primary project refreshed and reenergized,

with bassist Matt Deis (ex-All That Remains), who first joined CKY in 2005.

Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and Deftones have all personally invited CKY on

tour, cementing a legacy as a hard-charging live act. CKY built a worldwide

fanbase of dedicated acolytes, friends, and supporters, lovingly dubbed the

CKY Alliance, with a broader group of musicians, athletes, and other

creative types in the CKY family, both literally and figuratively.

Carver City (2009) debuted at #4 on the Hard Music charts. It was the

second CKY album to debut in the Top 50 on the Billboard 200: An Answer

Can Be Found (2005) hit #35 upon its release. But if anything, The Phoenix is

a spiritual successor to CKY’s breakthrough, Infiltrate•Destroy•Rebuild

(2002), with a hint of the appropriately titled debut, Volume 1 (1999).

“We’re grown adults now with an eagle-eye perspective on who we are,

what we do, and how to do it right,” Ginsburg declares, with matter-of-fact

certainty. “None of us are out there in the clouds. We’re pretty

well-grounded people that have an honest perspective on where we’re at.”

And where they are at is with a career-defining album that reshapes the

brightest spots of CKY’s past while charging forward into a bright,

self-assured future. “We made sure that we went into the studio with our

guns blazing,” Margera says. “This isn’t a bunch of parts thrown together.

We focused on the songs. We didn’t ‘have to’ make this album, we wanted


In keeping with CKY tradition, The Phoenix was recorded at the famed

Rancho De La Luna studio in California, which has played host to Daniel

Lanois, Queens Of The Stone Age, Victoria Williams, Fu Manchu, and Mark

Lanegan, among others. The studio was founded by David Catching, touring

guitarist for Eagles Of Death Metal (among many credits), and late “desert

sound” visionary Fred Drake.

“It’s one thing reading about the vibe at Rancho,” Margera says of the

locale where the notoriously cool 1997 collaborative musical collective

series known as The Desert Sessions took place. “And then it’s another

thing to actually go out there and make an album. You’re like, ‘Ok, I get it.’”

“It’s the center of something out there,” Ginsburg agrees. “There’s a

magnetic pull or something that lands directly in Dave’s backyard. I was just

relaxed, waking up in the morning and getting right into the music.”

The goal was to make an authentic, organic, and “real” rock n’ roll record,

uncompromising in its dedication to capturing what CKY actually sounds

like playing in a room together, experienced at that gut-wrenching level of

artistic intensity and swinging groove. As Margera explains: “Listen to a

Zeppelin or Pink Floyd song and put that up against the copy/paste albums

that are just snapped into a ‘grid,’ or whatever. There’s no comparison.”

The Phoenix touches on anger, revenge, good versus evil, desperation,

recovery, growth, knowledge, survival, enemies, friends, and more. There’s

heavy, dark, signature CKY grooves, “fun shit,” “fancy shit,” driving and

almost danceable stuff, big melodies, total ear candy, immense diversity…

There are even parts that sound like maybe Quincy Jones was given the

keys to Rancho De La Luna and just ran amok with the dudes in CKY.

The totality of the CKY experience is perhaps best summarized by a quote

from enigmatic comic book legend, author, and self-proclaimed magician,

Alan Moore. “My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres;

it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective

novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.”

Margera observes that it was “a perfect storm of events” that led to CKY

becoming a pretty popular name. “When it’s happening, you’re not paying

attention. But once you get a couple of years under your belt, you realize,

‘Holy shit, man. That was lucky as hell that happened to us!’, ya’ know?”

“We’re feeling rather lucky,” Ginsburg agrees. “We’re not taking things for

granted. We’re saturated in gratitude. It’s an incredibly humbled CKY, with

a fire to last another twenty years. The point is to go play rock n’ roll and

appreciate everybody else who does it, too. It’s a lucky job to have.”

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