Punching Through

Rexway comes out swinging on a new album.

The band has a simple philosophy of performance. "Like Gene Simmons said once," Mitchell says, "'The stage is a holy place; you dress up for it.' People come out to be entertained, not just have a band just sit there. We're about the show; you're going to get entertained.

"Somehow, something happened to rock and roll," Mitchell adds. "The rock 'show' -- it's been lost. Now everyone's trying to cover it up with makeup and crazy-eyed contacts. We live for bringing the fun back to rock and roll."

Rexway's approach has bandmembers entertaining feelers from a few major labels (including Sony Music and Dreamworks) and some smaller ones around the United States. In July they'll play Crüefest at the famed Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles; a tour of the Midwest is slated for the summer. Traveling Middle America in the humid heat of summer seems like something that could provoke the once-punchy Mitchell's temper; despite the vigor of his music, however, the frontman swears he's mellowed in recent years.

Range rovers: The members of Rexway.
Range rovers: The members of Rexway.

"You get older," he notes, "and you realize there are things worth fighting for in the world, and there are other things that just aren't worth the time. People judging you: That's not worth fighting for."

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