Egypt Central Biography
Taking their name from one the toughest roads that runs through their
hometown of Memphis, Tennessee USA, Egypt Central was formed in 2001 by
lead singer John T. Falls, guitarist Heath Hindman, bassist Joey 'Chicago' Walser
and drummer Blake Allison.
For the next few months, the group rehearsed, started writing original music, while sweating it out playing clubs in the Memphis area. The band enlisted guitarist Jeff James to complete their line-up.
Egypt Central was signed to Lava Records by music industry vet Jason
Flom and instantly the band went into the studio to record their first
self-titled disc in 2006. What came out of that 3-month process was an
insanely catchy, hard-driven album that has turned Rock fans' expectations
upside down. Their sound encompasses edgy-Rock, thunderous Metal and tumbles
into the realm of Funk and arena-Rock.
As the wind of change took place in the music industry, corporate downsizing took hold and Flom had left the company as well as many of the bands that he had signed; Egypt Central had found themselves without a label.
However, the band eventually gained slots on the Ozzfest and Family Values Tour. As momentum continued to build, so did record company interest and in the summer of 2007 Egypt Central signed a new record deal with Fat Lady Music/ILG.
Retooled with the help of mixer Paul David Hagar and mastered by George Marino, the band's debut CD was re-mixed, re-mastered, re-sequenced and finally released in January 2008; the disc reached the #37 position on the Top Independent Albums chart and spun off two Hot Mainstream Rock top 40 hits: "You Make Me Sick" and "Taking You Down".
Following the departure of former guitarist Heath Hindman, in October 2010 Egypt Central returned to the studio to cut their second album. "White Rabbit" was released in May 2011 and peaked at #78 on The Billboard 200 Sales list highlighted by two Active Rock top 20 hits: the title-track and "Kick Ass".
After a decade together, Egypt Central decided to call it quits in fall 2012. Joey Chicago and Blake Allison continued playing together in their new band Devour The Day.