Garage-Rock Legends The Fleshtones are Still Exciting Fans with Their Live Shows and New Music
Peter Zaremba and Keith Streng tell us about their humble beginnings and what lies ahead for one of the hardest working outfits in the biz
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
March 5, 2019
The Fleshtones have been pumping out their own amalgam of dance/garage rock grooves or as they like to call it, "SUPER ROCK" to the delight of their fans for more than 40 years. They made their professional debut in '76 at the famous CBGB's on Manhattan's Lower East Side during its punk rock heyday and are they only band from that era to have played continuously without ever having an inactive period.
We sat down with the two remaining original members, Peter Zaremba (Vocals/Harmonica/Organ) and Keith Streng (Guitar/ Vocals) just prior to their recent show at The Bowery Electric (which incidentally is only a few doors down from where CBGB's used to reside.)
Starting out when most Rock music on the radio was at its most pretentious and bloated, Zaremba and Streng say they got together with “like-minded" friends in Queens, NY to make music that was exciting, exhilarating and "above all, fun."
Their most recent release Budget Buster is a compilation of b-sides and rarities on their longtime label Yep Roc Records out of North Carolina, and the ever-prolific group is heading back into the studio soon to record another full-length album.
The group also consists of rhythm section Bill Milhizer who has been keeping the beat since 1980 and Ken Fox on bass who has been with the group since ’92, and is still playfully referred to as "The New Guy."
They say their secret to longevity is to keep making new music and not become a tired oldies act, and tired they’re not, currently overseas in Europe, they'll be back in the States soon.