12 Angry Steps

Formed in Detroit in 1998, 12angrysteps originally consisted of vocalist/guitarist Dan Halen (Dan Thomson), bassist Stevie St Micheal (Stevie Micheal), drummer Joey Parusso (Joe Pariseau), and lead guitarist The Action Mang. The bandmates shared an interest junkyard diving for VW parts, with Stevie and Dan knowing each other via garage venue the Magic Stick, where St Michael tended bar, and local punk/S&M shop Noir Leather, where Halen worked. Prior to the band's live debut, the practice house in which St Michael and Halen lived caught fire, trapping bassist Stevie; he now has the Greyhouse key tattooed prominently on his forearm. The only possessions salvaged from the fire, thanks to one zealous firefighter, were the bands minimal gear. Upon finding another house, longtime friend and rock maestro Todd Action Mang joined the fold on lead guitar,completing the initial lineup and forever preventing the band from being relegated to mere garage status. Todd and Dan were initially introduced as bandmates in the seemingly unlikely M.R.N. some ten years prior. The first show for this lineup was an opening slot for the D.C. Hawks (a former backup band for Ted Nugent) at the Magic Stick in early 1999. The band then began recording Innercityhillbillylovesongs with cool-guy Detroit producer/engineer Jim Diamond. With long friendships and much recent struggle to push them, the band quickly became known for bearing witness to the high energy history of Detroit. They soon fou...

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