About Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
The date is January 16, 1935. After a twenty-year spree of organized crime, mayhem, and murder, Ma Barker lies slain from a shootout with authorities in a backwoods cabin just outside of Ocala, Florida . In her bloody hand she clenched her Tommy-gun as she exhaled her last breath, a picture of perfect justice as one of the last organized crime bosses of the 20th Century. She and her four sons, who comprised the Barker-Karpis Gang, had purged a path of infamy throughout the South that would not soon be forgotten. And though many would have her story be silenced, some tales speak even louder from the grave... Years passed. Decades came and went. Generations handed down the tale of Ma Barker and her sons as a warning to wrongdoers across the Southern United States . Eventually the story would reach an Ocala youth named Dallas Taylor, who was both impacted and haunted by the tale throughout his childhood. So much so, in fact, that he was led to create his own crew of insurgents in the wake of Ma's legacy, 70 years later. You will come to know them as Maylene and the Sons of Disaster.
Formed in 2004 in Birmingham, Alabama, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster immediately began composing songs and touring the southern U.S. In 2005, the band released their self-titled debut on Mono Vs Stereo Records.
In April, 2006 the band signed to Ferret Records and the songs that would comprise their full length follow up began to take shape. On their brilliantly upsized sophomore release "II", Maylene and the Sons of Disaster expound on the true tales of 1920's gangster Ma Barker and her prohibition era real-life crime family.
Running wild with a monolithic three guitar assault and a metronomic rhythm section, Maylene’s hit men unleash furious fire, while lead kingpin Dallas Taylor's (ex-UNDEROATH) salty rock croon and smoky bar room swagger dispatches gripping lyrical lore with a wholly original, powerful narrative delivery. Gritty musical shootouts filled with intricate guitar riffing and whiskey drenched grooves hold your ear at ransom, while lyrics take your imagination back to a time when the exploits of gangs of criminals gripped the American people and press.
Blurring the lines between metal and swampy, sweaty Southern rock, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster pushed further with the release of 3 in 2009. An album aimed to kidnap your musical imagination, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster shows us they are not only one of heavy music's most exciting new bands, it's an attitude.