By: Lauren Patrie and Linna Chen
What do you think of when you hear the word injected? Drugs?
Fuel pumps? Needles? Diabetes? Well, for us, Injected simply
This trio from the suburbs
of Atlanta has shaken up the Georgia music scene, playing high-energy
shows night after night. Loading up their vehicles with CD samplers,
those classic bumper stickers bearing their name and other goodies
to generously hand out to fans, Injected gained an extremely dedicated
local following. Hooking up with Atlanta producers Butch Walker
and Rusty Cobb to polish their sound, they signed a major label
deal with Island/Def Jam in 2001. Although the debut, Burn It
Black, has sold over 78, 000 copies since its release in February
2002, Injected seem determined not to become just another sellout
rock group. Calling each other by names such as XMA, DGrady and
Beernuts, the guys are normal people who happen to possess a hunger
for larger-than-life rock and roll.
Nominated for the Short
List by one of their idols, Lars Ulrich, Injected has been heating
up the charts ever since Faithless hit modern rock radio
stations nationwide. In August of 2002, they even walked away with
one of the city's most prestigious awards, an ALMA (Atlanta Local
Music Award) for "Best Signed Band." With frontman Danny
Grady's boyish looks and the wild personalities of bassist Steve
Slovisky and drummer Chris Wojtal, the band has been a hit with
hormone-driven teenage girls. However, the hard-core metal attitude
has also attracted endless masses of male fans--- both young and
old--- some even occasionally sporting a mullet. Melodic vocals,
masterful guitar, thumping bass and perfectly arranged drum fills
leave the listener yearning for more than the offered thirteen tracks
presented on their debut. With slow ballads like the smoothly flowing
Dawn to please the mellow fans and fast-paced tunes such
as Sherman, perfectly suited for a mosh pit, Injected has
proved that they can cross musical boundaries without compromising
their true sound.
A surprising highlight
of the album is the secret track, Ride the Snake, containing
lyrics that no one can decipher, the song has been an enigma to
the fans much like the type of hair products Slovisky uses to tame
his wild mane. But not every song is as lighthearted as the aforementioned.
Bullet poignantly speaks out against the topic of school
shootings, while Only Hurts Awhile, penned by singer and
guitarist Danny Grady, was written for a couple of friends who were
going through rough times. The eleventh track, Lights Are Low,
is an anthem for any kid who has ever felt a little bit out of place.
A collaboration with Atlanta native Butch Walker, this song contains
rip-roaring guitars and guttural, upbeat vocals, screaming with
the reminiscence of 80's era big-rock.
Although Injected is
signed to a major label, they still find time to be involved with
local events, particularly at their alma mater, Roswell High School.
The three recently judege the RHS talent show and were very surprised
at the huge welcome they received from the audience. Not to alienate
the fans that live up north and out west, Island Records held a
live chat with the band in September of 2002. As an abundance of
excited fans submitted question after question, the band stayed
for a few hours and graciously answered as many as possible. Wojtal
jokingly described it as being held "hostage in a small windowless
office on two separate computers answering questions maniacally,"
but all were extremely gratified by the eager reception.
Where will Injected be
in ten years? Well, if they aren't still rokken like Dokken, you'll
probably see them working on video game ideas. Perhaps Danny will
return to teaching guitar at AMB, maybe Steve will show more crack
as a plumber. . . just maybe you will catch Chris in Nascar
racing and Viagara commercials. We won't know until then. For now,
we only can sum up Injected with a quote from Steve Slovisky himself
when asked if he was missing any body parts: "I only have one
Tom Green? We think not.
Rock phenomenon? We think yes.
Injected finished nationwide tours with artists
such as Default, Fu Manchu, and Greenwheel and are currently working
on a new album, which is expected to be out in 2003. For more information,
check out: For more information, check out: Injected's official
as well as http://www.injectedfans.com
for the latest updates.