Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion is a Boston-based band that formed in 2013 - but they are hardly beginners when it comes to rock and roll. Singer, guitar player and songwriter Greg Allen was in a band with the late great Jerry Nolan (drummer for the New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers). But Greg Allen is no Johnny Thunders clone. Yes, he’s got that guttersnipe, raw guitar tone but he has a unique song writing style that evokes a dystopic world through a cast of twisted characters.
Allen has released a number of recordings (including those famous last songs with Jerry Nolan) and has done some time with the underground in London and New York. He is joined by bass player Greg Steinbaugh (Two Saints, Port Charles Quintet, World's Greatest Sinners, Prime Movers) and drummer Jeff Brandli (Two Saints in Boston, Middleman Bob, The Press, Trigger Happy in his hometown Seattle).
The music is rock and roll with a nod to all the greats. The band sounds simultaneously familiar and fresh. Hints of classic arena rock, power pop, sleazy glam, proto punk, gut bucket blues and even some country honk serve as backdrop to Allen's unique story telling. Its pure rock and roll, the kind they don't make anymore. Come see Greg Allen's Fringe Religion and restore your faith in rock and roll.
Fringe Religion is:
Greg Allen - vocals, guitar
Greg Steinbaugh - bass
Jeff Brandli - drums
Curt Florczak - guitar
Vinnie Earnshaw - bass
Chris Michaels - drums
"Greg Allen happens to be quite a musician and he writes good songs...He's good. He's really, really good."
- Jerry Nolan, Tee Vee Tunes Records interview, 1991
"72 Keef meets New York Dolls; sharktooth earring optional."
- Mark Dantini, Boston Band Crush (Dec 23, 2010)
"...guitarist Greg Allen is strong. A healthy razor tone brings home the riffs..."
-Boston Groupie News, 2010 (Aug 23, 2010)
"Greg Allen played with ex-New York Doll Jerry Nolan and his band features some other folks with good bloodlines. They play rock music or, more specifically, "the kind they don’t make anymore..."
- Bob Gulla, The Providence Phoenix, 2004 (Jun 18, 2004)
- "This final recording from New York Dolls/Heartbreakers drummer Jerry Nolan is an inspired marriage of Nolan’s NYC circa ’76 punchdrunk proto punk panache and stalwart guitarist/vocalist Greg Allen’s switchblade swagger. A last hurrah worthy to the L.A.M.F. legacy." — Alan di Perna (Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado).