To many fans’ excitement, today March 15th, Eight Ball Record$ has released a 7-inch split vinyl between punk rock and rollers Killer Hearts and LJ & The Sleeze. The vinyl split will include “High Temptress” by the Houston-based Killer Hearts followed by “I’m Bad” by the Richmond-based LJ & The Sleeze.
“High Temptress” will be the first release from the Killer Hearts since the release of their debut album, Skintight Electric, back in September. The song is, “a powerful release of manic, rabid rock and roll with blistering solos and catchy choruses.” Reminiscent of 80s rock, “High Temptress” has a contagious melody and a ferocious, heart-racing energy.
On the other side of the split is the grungy, “I’m Bad”, which is newly redone. This song is off LJ & The Sleeze’s album Stay Sleezy. It showcases the darker side of the split, with an edgy, in-your-face hook and punk attitude.
LJ & The Sleeze has proven themselves as a rock and roll force since their 2020 release, Keepin’ It Sleezy. Getting their start in a small Virginia basement, the band has come a long way since their humble beginnings. With Max Gottesman as the lead songwriter and vocalist, he is backed by Eli Gray (lead guitar), Gray Stephenson (rhythm guitar), Caroline Hill (bass), and Ben Rosenstock (drums). The group has been packing venues and establishing a cult following, despite getting their start during the pandemic.
On the other hand, Killer Hearts do their shredding in Houston, Texas, and are signed with Spaghetty Town Records, having gotten their start in 2019 with their debut EP. Their members include musicians from bands such as The Wrong Ones, Liberty & Justice, and Night Cobra and are continuing to do splits with other bands.
The exciting Killer Hearts/LJ & The Sleeze split is likely just the beginning of an exciting year from the two rock and rollers, so keep your eyes peeled and your speakers cranked.