Saturday, December 22, 2012


Excess Baggage Vol. 9 issue 6

Hey kids - welcome back to the ol' Lisik newsletter, and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that stuff.  It's been quite the busy past few months around here, and I'd just like to send out a very special thank you to all the club owners, studios, DJs, radio show hosts, photographers, engineers, videographers, gas station attendants, bartenders, waitresses, drunks, graphic artists, writers, editors, city and township officials, priests, pirates, poets and pests who have in one way or another supported our music over the past year.  It’s been one of the best ever, with the release of our new CD The Mess That Money Could Buy and a plethora of great shows – made possible by even greater fans - intermingled in there.  Special thanks to all at Cherokee Queen and the team we’ve worked hand in hand with all year - particularly Gerard Dominick, Mike Farley, Clint Holley, Eddie Tomecko, Kim Price, and Michael Papatonis – and of course, the boys and girls who made me sound so good in the studio and on stage – Joe Waller, Steve Norgrove, Craig Lisik, Ben Evans, Jen O’Neal, and Christian Lisik.  

WRAPPING UP 2012 AND LOOKING TO 2013, I had a great time at Brother’s Lounge Dec. 19 for Brent Kirby’s year-ending 10X3 show.  Quite the packed house/impromptu holiday party with old friends like Tim Johnson, Ray and Sarah Webb, Eric from WJCU, Peanuts, and great performances from Jordan Genovese, Kevin Gibson, Ken Metz, Scott Stuewe, Becca & Red, Nate (damn whatta voice!) Jones, Larry Trupo, Ray (He’ll always be a Cool Rancher to me) Flanagan, Rachel Brown, and – of course – Mr. Kirby himself.  Look for a 2013 releases from Jordan – and about a thousand 2013 releases from Brent, including CDs from the Jack Fords, The New Soft Shoe, Brent Kirby and the Lost Fortunes and the Ohio City Singers.  And just for kicks, the long-awaited Lisik documentary film by Eddie Tomecko, On the Wrong Side of the Canal, along with the live Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates concert DVD by Henry J. Konczak, Save Me From My Life, and the book I am co-writing with former Northfield, Oh. mayor and Michael Stanley Band photographer Victor Milani are all set to be released in 2013 – while the Unfortunates and I head back into the studio with the incredible Mr. Benjamin Payne behind the boards, to record with a CD of all new material.

MEANWHILE, DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP A COPY OF MESS for all the fans of really cool, sorta nasty, somewhat sloppy, but ever-endearing rock bands on yer list.  Oh, and we’re all really good looking and humble too.  Forgot to mention that.  Mess and all our other records are available on-line at,, and  Or better yet, support yer local CD store by picking ‘em up at Time Traveler in Cuyahoga Falls, Square Records in Akron, and the all new Frankenstein Records in Canton.

Lisik’s not reaching for any sort of artistic legacy here. His approach springs from the most pure conceptualizations of rock and roll: It’s great music that’s kind of fucked up at its heart”The Telescope 10/18/12

AND WE HOPE TO SEE YA AT THE SHOWS remaining in 2012, including a full-band appearance at 9 p.m. Dec. 27 at Stone Tavern in Kent with Bocoma (featuring my old buddy/guitar fixer/  and smoking guitar player Robb Myers); a duo show with Joe at 9 p.m. Dec. 28 at Amvets in Canton; and our big New Years Eve show, starting at 9 p.m., at Jimmy’s in North Canton.

Cheers babies!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

JUST ANNOUNCED: Full band show in Kent Dec. 27

The full Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates line-up will be appearing at the Stone Tavern in Kent Dec. 27 as The Mess That Money Could Buy tour rolls on.  Stay tuned for appearances near you in 2013!  Visit the Brian Lisik store at to pick up the new cd - and the entire Lisik catalog if yer so inclined!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Seattle Post-Intelligencer reviews "The Mess That Money Could Buy"

"A rough and tumble garage-y sound blasts from the first strains of the opening track, "Small Town Royal Family," with singer-songwriter Brian Lisik's hoarse, heartland-rocking voice soaked deep in an ocean of chunky guitars." - Jon Sobel

LATEST LISIK NEWS: "Five Other Rooms" video released 12/7/12


"Five Other Rooms" - the first official video from Brian Lisik's new CD The Mess That Money Could Buy.  Available now at, Amazon, iTune, and Spotify.

Meanwhile, the Messy Tour 2012-2013 rolls on, with scheduled stops in Akron, Oh.; Canton, Oh.; Cleveland, Oh.; Kent, Oh.; Youngstown, Oh,; Cincinnati, Oh,; Newport, Ky.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Williamsport, Pa.; Plattsburgh, Ny.; and New York City.

Enjoy kiddies!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Latest Lisik News:

First official video from the new album, "The Mess That Money Could Buy" drops Dec. 7.

"catchy phrasing, jangly guitar riffs and great pop hooks" - No Depression

"drives hard and dirty with great lyrical punch" - Maverick Magazine (UK) 

"a rough and tumble garage-y sound...soaked deep in an ocean of chunky guitars" - Seattle Post-Intelligencer