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For Detroit punk outfit P.T.’s Revenge, it’s not what you wear, it’s what you believe, and they believe their blend of pop-punk, hardcore and straightforward, good old American rock and roll will blow you away.
P.T.’s Revenge came together in 1996, immediately garnering respect for their rowdy shows, irreverent lyrics and tight, anthemic style of pop-punk.
The band features brothers Jeff and Kevin Sierzega on bass and vocals respectively, Matthew Edwards and Chris Doerr on guitar and John Kay on drums.
Drawing on influences such as 311, Green Day, Less Than Jake, Poison and Bouncing Souls and NoFX, P.T.’s Revenge’s unique sound combines elements of pop punk, hardcore and straight forward rock and roll to produce infectious hooks and anthemic choruses.
Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, P.T.’s Revenge was at the forefront of the Detroit punk scene. They toured with punk heroes the Suicide Machines and were regulars at iconic Detroit venues St. Andrew’s Hall, the Shelter and the Fillmore Detroit (formerly the State Theatre), playing alongside punk and ska luminaries such as New Found Glory, the Toasters, Goldfinger, H20, Bowling for Soup, Sum 41, Reel Big Fish, Bif Naked and Anti-Flag, among others.
After their 2002 split, members of the band went on to further success with other projects.
Frontman Kevin Sierzega went on to join Nashville-based punk outfit Teen Idols and later formed Bullets to Broadway.
Edwards now fronts Arm Your Enemy. In 2002 he contributed guitar tracks and with Kevin Sierzega contributed vocals to Common Rider’s (former Operation Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels and former members of Screeching Weasel) release This is Unity Music.
Kay earned his Audio Engineering degree at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, Ariz. From there he founded Stu Stu Studio in Livonia, Mich. and now engineers several artists in rotation on Detroit’s top alternative rock station. In spite of his busy schedule, he still finds time to kick it behind the drums for rock acts Bat on Fire and The EEKS.
With everyone a little older and wiser, the band is back on track, writing new music. The transition has come very naturally.
“It’s great being back with the guys,” Kay said. “It all came together effortlessly and quickly, the way it should be.”