Being unique seems to come naturally for guitarist Brian Rice and his rock band Monkeyspank.
They own and drive to gigs in a big gray bus they call "Reginald." They enlist an expanded rhythm section consisting of three drummers and two bass players. And, perhaps, the biggest difference (at least for a Baltimore band), it appears that Monkeyspank might get a shot at the big time in 1992.
"Some people start a band and the main thing they want to become is local heroes," said Rice, whose band will perform at Hammerjacks tomorrow night during a record release party. "We never wanted to be trapped by that or be complacent. When we get 1,500 people out to Hammerjacks for a show we know that it's not the end of the line. We have our sights set higher."
The band, which features drummers Bill Corsello, Kendall King and Allison Futeral, bassists Kevin Keelty and Dave Kahle and Rice on guitars and vocals, has just released its second independent album, "Blue Mud," on Joe Goldsborough's local label, Merkin Records.
The first album, "Demons Flew Out of My Mouth," was very well-received locally and immediately got the band interest from national labels. Monkeyspank is hoping that "Blue Mud," coupled with its intense touring schedule in the coming months will add up to a solid deal.
"We're on the road every weekend," Rice said. "In fact, we're out of town more than we're in town. We'll take the 100 and 200 dollar shows just so more people can hear us play."
The band also subscribes to the "help your neighbor" policy of selling a show.
"Make sure you mention that Alice Donut [from New York] and Burma Jam [from Richmond] are also playing with us at Hammerjacks," Rice said. "They are great bands."
The concert calendar:
Rod Stewart will perform at the Capital Centre on Jan. 19.
Ozzy Osbourne's show at D.A.R. Constitution Hall that was scheduled for last night has been moved to Jan. 27.
Hammerjacks welcomes Child's Play (Saturday), Savatage (Dec. 19), Danger Danger (Dec. 20), Wrathchild America (Dec. 21), White Trash (Dec. 27), The Ramones (Dec. 28), Kix (Dec. 31) and Joan Jett (Jan. 3).
Max's on Broadway has Danny Gatton (tonight), drivin n' cryin (Sunday) and Webb Wilder (Jan. 12).
Steeltown hosts Warren Zevon (Dec. 15) and Quiet Riot (Dec. 20).