The South Bronx, New York funk/metal/soul act 24-7 SPYZ, featuring Jimi Hazel (guitar and vocals), Rick Skatore (bass and vocals) and Tobias Ralph (drums) will bring the power of heavy metal soul to the Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street (between 9th and 10th Ave), in New York on August 6. Please note that this will be an early show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and there will not be any opening acts. This special event will also be the first-ever reunion of the 24-7 SPYZ "Strength In Numbers" lineup featuring Jeff Brodnax (vocals), Joel Maitoza (drums), Jimi Hazel and Rick Skatore.
24-7 SPYZ came onto the funk-rock scene in 1989 with its debut album titled "Harder Than You", followed by "Gumbo Millennium" in 1990 (both on In Effect/Relativity Records). The band then released a five-song EP titled "This Is 24-7 Spyz" in 1991 after signing with Eastwest/Atlantic Records with the full length release in 1992 "Strength In Numbers", which included the single "Stuntman" that was featured in a Budweiser television commercial as well as an episode of "Beavis and Butthead". 1995 brought the original lineup back together for the release of "Temporarily Disconnected" (Enemy Records) which, after a short tour, drummer Joel Maitoza reunited with Jimi Hazel and Rick Skatore to record the CDs "6" (Enemy Records) and "Heavy Metal Soul By The Pound" (released in the U.S. on the What Are Records? label) in 1996. A live EP titled "If I Could" was released in 1997 also with the three-piece lineup. Most recently, the band has been promoting their CD "Face The Day" which was released in 2006.