Meet the Band / Big Daddy Chrome

Meet the Band

FYI: pop culture news

October 07, 2004|By Annie Linskey

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Nicky O'Steen, guitar; "Money" Mark Bobrow, drums; Jim Viner, base guitar; Michael Belt, rhythm guitar, vocals.

Founded in: 2000

Style: Rock

Influenced by: Sick of It All, Social Distortion, Johnny Cash, '70s rock, old punk

Notable: Before joining Big Daddy Chrome, guitarist Nicky O'Steen was in a band called Impaler. That band inadvertently played a role in music history when their CD cover art attracted the attention of Tipper Gore. She showed it to her husband's colleagues on the Senate Commerce Committee. They were shocked, shocked by it. The rest is history.

Quotable: Michael Belt on the band's image: "Don't make us sound like a dirty, gory band. We're average Joes. We're car guys. I've got a '48 Chevy -- it is a work in progress and probably will be until I retire." Belt also noted that, despite their official status as a rock band, they've been adopted by the punk scene in Baltimore.

Check out Big Daddy Chrome's CD release party on Saturday at The Sidebar. Latchkey, The GammaRays, Bleeder Resistor, RevElevens, Dean Lee & The Trashtown Menace are also billed. Pre-event cookout starts at 4:30 p.m. and music starts at 7:30. Tickets are $6. The Sidebar is at 281 E. Lexington St. For more information, call 410-659-4130 or visit www.sidebar tavern.com.

For more information about Big Daddy Chrome visit www.bigdaddy chrome.com.

To see the archive of profiled artists, visit www.baltimoresun.com / meettheband.

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