The Candy Band is a punk rock band designed specifically to appeal to children. It is composed of four Detroit area moms who were tired of what they deemed wimpy music for kids. They took a stand, and in 2003 formed The Candy Band, playing punk covers of nursery rhymes, movie themes and other children’s favorites, along with original tunes.
With influences like the Ramones and Iggy Pop, they quickly attracted attention from the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, The Times, Blender Magazine, XM Radio, Woman’s Day, USA Today, People Magazine, the CBS Early Show, and the NBC Today Show. Their first album, Candy Band, was released in 2003. It was followed by More Candy in 2004, Lollipunk in 2005, Calling All Kids in 2007, and High Five in 2010.
Candy Band continues to build an intense following in the Detroit area and beyond. They’ve played Lollapalooza in Chicago (2005, 2006 and 2007), a Pancake Mountain Dance Party in Washington D.C., the annual Mamapalooza Festival in New York City, the Vans Warped Tour in Detroit (2005 and 2006), and also various libraries, schools, nightclubs and street fairs. They have even performed and recorded with the Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Orchestra and are regular favorites at the Detroit Zoo.
Candy Band’s latest album,“High Five” was recorded at Rustbelt Studio in Royal Oak, Michigan with Al Sutton on the boards. Al has worked with everyone from Kid Rock to D-12 and Sponge. Also appearing on the new disc is keyboardist extraordinaire Luis Resto (Eminem) who played accordion, melodica, piano and keyboards. Johnny Badanjek of the Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels and Rockets fame even penned a song called “Termites”. With songs such as “Ice Cream”, “Pirates Life”, “Sharks”, “I’m a Monkey” and “Mom Says No” – this is a very diverse CD. They even punked out the classical song “Ode to Joy” complete with German lyrics and a string section!
So, fill up your sippy cup, fasten your seatbelts and put your fists in the air – Candy Band wants to rock your world!