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“Yes, the songs are licensed,” says singer/guitarist Anthony Stanze of The Touchies. And their upcoming comedic-covers album David Cover-Riverdale includes irreverent versions of tunes like “Angelfuck” (Danzig), “First of the Gang to Die” (Morrissey), “Teenage Kicks” (the Undertones), “Only Shallow” (My Bloody Valentine), and “Ziggy Stardust” (David Bowie).

“The song choices may seem uncharacteristic [for us], but we wanted do a fun devil-may-care punk vibe for the Touchies and not take ourselves too seriously. The chosen songs really do reflect artists that we are inspired by.”

At least one track is actually performed as a cover of a cover of a cover. “One of our fave bands, the Groovie Ghoulies from Sacramento, has covered Neil Diamond’s ‘Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow),’ a song made famous when covered by the Monkees. We cover the Groovie Ghoulies version, which has such a great fun vibe that welcomes the unwelcomed, and who can’t relate to that?”

The Touchies (“slang for cuddling with your special someone”) were launched in late 2008 by Anthony Stanze (AKA Anthony Touchie) on lead vocals and guitar, and Mishey Moreno (AKA Mishey Touchie) on bass and backing vocals. The duo has played together locally since 1995, originally known as Happy Endings, a band later rechristened the Esthas. “That [name] was our tribute to Fox 6 News anchor Estha Trouw and her awesome pixie haircut,” according to Stanze.

A release party for David Cover-Riverdale happens May 13 at the Whistle Stop, where the Touchies will also debut a new all-original album called Friends of the Friendless. “Attendees will be treated to the usual high-energy Touchies fashion and sound, on permanent loan from the Ramones,” says Moreno. “We’ll play most of the originals album, and quite a few of the covers, plus a few surprises. Barring technical difficulties, anyway. Anthony is a chronic A and D guitar-string breaker, despite using thick gauges and graphite string saver saddles on his guitars.”

The Kabbs and DJ Robin Roth are also on the bill.


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