February 12, 2013 by shockboxtv
Give it up for this week’s KABW, a five-piece, mind thumping rock band from Santa Barbara, California — Winchester Rebels.
Formed in 2009 by motorcycle shop co-workers Nick Hunt (vox) and John Livergood (bass), the band quickly filled out its lineup with the addition of fellow motorcycle rider Nick Fitzgerald (guitar) and his childhood friends James Longoria (guitar) and Barry Carter (drums).
The band’s name was inspired by a canyon road in Goleta, California called ‘Winchester Canyon’ and their sound is positively reminiscent of 90’s era, guitar driven rock bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Danzig.
Their debut album ‘Three Sheets to the Wind‘ released in late 2011 and was nominated for ‘Best Rock Album’ and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ by the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2012.
Winchester Rebels has played to packed houses at several legendary venues including The Roxy Theatre and The Viper Room along Los Angeles’ famous “Sunset Strip,” the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, and they also rocked the stage at The Red Bull Grand Prix on Catalina Island.