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KILL VAN KULL: HISTORY

KVK HISTORY

The band was officially formed in 1983, with Rick Cabrera on vocals/rhythm guitar, Billy Cardinale on bass, Vinnie Raschella on drums and Danny Mills on lead guitar. The lineup was completed shortly afterwards, by the addition of guitarist Scott Pedersen. Kill Van Kull went full throttle to take on the New York & New Jersey circuits and established themselves as a no-nonsense, take no prisoners, professional hard rock band. After numerous opening act appearances for top headliners at such world famous clubs as L’amours and CBGB’s, as well as shows throughout Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, & Queens, and many local Northern & Central New Jersey clubs, the band released in the winter of 1987, its debut 4 song EP “Eye Of The Storm”. After receiving strong airplay on WSIA (NY) and WSOU (NJ) and reviews by several newspapers and magazines (Kerrang 1988), Kill Van Kull contacted and promoted itself to several major labels throughout the US. In the fall of 1989, the band decided to “attack” both coasts by uprooting and heading west to Hollywood, CA. Unfortunately, illness and other life situations derailed the band’s momentum in southern California and the band members were now calling different states “home”. Though scattered throughout New York, California and Nevada, all members still remained in touch. The desire and dream of having Kill Van Kull return to the stage was not realized until the winter of 1993 when Rick, Billy and Vinnie with new guitar additions Joey Collura and Phil Clark returned to the NY & NJ scene and quickly reestablished themselves in the local area. With new demo recordings, press packages and music consultants & promoters working diligently in California and New York, the band was ready for their breakout year in 1995. During the winter of that year, those old acquaintances “other life situations”, threw the band into a very unwelcome “hiatus”. The future of Kill Van Kull was definitely uncertain, but the original members, particularly the trio of Rick, Billy and Vinnie continued to keep in touch, but recorded and performed with other various original acts and cover bands from the New York area. In 2004, the thoughts of ending the “hiatus” surfaced, and Kill Van Kull was reborn. With the help of guitarist Chris Cirrone, the band was now ready to record the new incarnation of Kill Van Kull in 2005. Their “Edge of Sunrise” CD was released in 2006 featuring Rick Cabrera on vocals, Billy Cardinale on bass, Vinnie Raschella on drums, acoustic guitar and percussion, as well as the additional talents of Chris Cirrone (lead/rhythm guitars and mandolin), Alex Mahoney (saxophone & rhythm guitar), Al Anzalone (lead/rhythm guitars), Mark Farley (lead/rhythm guitars), Mike Pignataro (keyboards), De Anna Eliot (violin) and Henry Falco (horn arrangements & percussion). The new sound of Kill Van Kull was created – hard rock with an infusion of blues and jazz. In 2008, Curt Giventer, joined KVK and added his intense, “no-holds-barred” high-energy attack to the lineup.

 

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