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Detroit Red Wings' Darren McCarty Spends The NHL Strike Rockin' Out
Wednesday January 05, 2005 @ 03:30 PM
By: Staff


While we, the Canadian public, are reluctantly spending our winter choosing our greatest countryman and crying into our Molson Canadian Cold Shots over the stifled NHL season, the players are also being forced to find creative ways to wile away the down time. Darren McCarty of the Detroit Red Wings is living out his bruiser dreams by fronting a garage punk band called Grinder, who have just signed a new deal with Rubber Road Records.

Billing themselves as "the toughest band in rock 'n' roll," Grinder draw on local Detroit influences like The Stooges and The MC5 (The Stooges' Ron Asheton has even been known to jam with them on stage). The band's debut album, Gotta Keep Movin will come out on Rubber Road (distributed by MapleNationwide) on February 22. Since McCarty has some time on his hands, the band are readying a second album for late 2005.

On the Grinder website, McCarty lists Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl and Jim Morrison as his influences and cites Led Zeppelin IV and Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction as his favourite albums. Shedding some more light on his personality, the player mentions he likes pre-show tailgating and tattoos and dislikes turtles.

Providing the NHL schedule permits, Grinder will do a tour of Southern Ontario in March and are planning more Canadian gigs for the summer.

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