Ben Katzman has one mission with his band DeGreaser: to bring pop metal to the masses again. Combining a smorgasbord of guitar music as diverse as proto-metal and indie rock, and drawing from a range of influences such as KISS, ABBA, and Robyn, the result sounds like a shred-happy Weezer.
Ben says his ‘chillin’ hard’ attitude comes from the KISS mentality of “letting your freak flag fly high while having a good time”, while his DIY ethic is inspired by Mötley Crüe and Metallica who hustled their way to the top.
This maelstrom of influences and references are pulled together in DeGreaser’s forthcoming album ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ which tackles the struggle of being in your mid-20’s and taking a good laugh at yourself. The record was produced by Colleen Green (signed to Hardly Art), and features such titles as ‘Too Old For Retail’, ‘Cool Points Don’t Pay The Rent’, and ‘Carpe D.M.’.