Raised in a family of musicians; these 3 brothers came together after doing time in different styles, bands and music scenes from machine punk to progressive jazz, to writing and producing beats for hip-hop artists in LA. Their sound has evolved into a jive-punk mutation that draws from every decade in rock, metal, blues, jazz, funk, roots, hip-hop, and reggae.
Graham Zempel : Lead vocals, guitar, writing and arranging. Graham grew up with the necessary foundation to shred a wide range of styles from Fear to Brubeck, from Queen to Cash, and from Beatles to Zappa. He studied music, theatre and film through high school and college. Graham has written and performed original songs in local acts for over a decade with many legends from St. Louis and abroad.
Jack Zempel sings and plays bass guitar with his brothers. Jack is the punk influence in the family and hopes to be a junky in New York's St. Marks Place someday. He loves playing the squatter house shows and names The Misfits, The Outcasts, The Cream, and the Beatles as his mentors.
Joe Zempel sings and plays drums and has played in punk bands Gang Control and The Goldman Gang with his brother, Jack. He was voted most likely to get blamed at DuBourg Catholic High School in South St. Louis. Joe blames Ringo, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Dave Grohl, and weed.
The Dogtown Horns are Richard "Cool Daddy" Zempel, on saxophones, Kevin "Code Blue" Rauscher on trumpet and trombone. For 40 years, they've appeared, toured, and recorded with some legendary artists including Ringo Starr's (1992) All Star Band, Buddy Guy, Fontella Bass, Johnnie Johnson, Asleep at the Wheel, Mama's Pride, and their own bands that broke attendance records everywhere they gigged. STP's dad, Richard, directed and produced many legendary music artists for Budweiser campaigns in the 80's and 90's. He's written, arranged and played horn parts on several regional artist's records and produced a minor hit song that was used in the movie "White Palace." Kevin is a musically educated brass polisher and impressive improviser who's played with regional symphonies, swing bands, motown revues and hard rockin R&B bands with his Dogtown Horns. His day job saving lives as a paramedic/fireman earned him the nickname, "Code Blue." They both also play with Kingdom Brothers, Skylark Brothers and Edge City Orchestra.
Yahken Amen (aka Ken Ken tha Boss) is an old friend from Central Performing Arts High School in South St. Louis, but Yahken has grown into a record producer, Hip Hop artist, song writer, union actor, and founder of the YES label. His career began on ABC's "Gabriel's Fire" (with James Earl Jones) He appeared in "Kane & Able", "Kill'n Me Softly" and Warner Bros TV series, "The Parent 'Hood." He rose to prominence in the St. Louis rap scene before moving back to L.A., when he asked Graham to compose and produce beats for his songs. Yahken appears and records with the Smooth Talkin Perverts when he gets back to St.Louis.
........with Les Paul in NYC!!!