Thrashing onto the scene with their self-titled music video debut, Atlanta based rock band, Railslide, brings you the angst of College Punk paired with the sensibility of 60's Rock N Roll. The band was formed in late 2018 by former high school bandmates, Jake Handley (Guitar/Vox) and Bill Batty (Bass). With the help of Willis Corley (Producer), Darrick Atwater (Mastering Engineer), Sean McPherson (Recording Engineer), and featured Session Drummer, Darren Dodd, the gang managed to craft a sound meaner than the unforgiving pavement; with their dirty bass lines, blistering guitar riffs and dangerously catchy hooks, the grassroots visionaries seek to push the limits of Rock N Roll and demolish the obstructing social barriers put forth by the Man.
The band has since released four additional singles and regularly performs at Atlanta's own Smith’s Olde Bar; opening for LA punk rockers, The Dollyrots in March of 2019. Their full-length LP is set for release in 2021.
Hailing from the island of Oahu, where the days are as cool as the surf, comes a chosen warrior like no other; with his tasty licks, soulful pipes and devilishly handsome mustache, Jake Rock is sure to captivate an audience. Driven by his own creative genius and lust for adventure, he barrels into battle, guitars blazing, hell-bent for leather. Legend has it that at merely 6 months, he fashioned himself a small outrigger raft from the rotting limbs of a Banyan tree and began his journey to the mainland to find his hometown of Atlanta, GA. He discovered his passion for music after viewing the cinematic masterpiece, School of Rock, staring the magnificent, academy award winning actor, Mr. Jack Black. The very next day he began saving every nickel and dime until he could afford a modest Fender starter kit. At age 11, he embarked upon a lifelong journey to master the guitar; he began an apprenticeship under Coy Bowles then subsequently continued his training under Johnny McGowan after Coy departed to tour with the Zac Brown Band. Johnny acted as a guide and mentor, inspiring Jake to follow his dream and rock the world with his righteous tunes.
Conceived at a Grateful Dead show, the jams were instilled in his psyche from the start. This homegrown Georgia boy brings an electrifying energy that will certainly make you jump. With locks as luscious as a royal duchess and fingers that glide like velvet, he can tote the funk and wield the punk. At the budding age of 10, Bill began his pursuit of slappiness. Under the instruction of Folk Jam master Kevin Fleming, he took his playing to a whole new level, forever "walking the dog down Bassline Boulevard.” (J. Ungaro, 2018) Coming from a family of opera singing Dead Heads, Bill was exposed to a variety of musical influences. He brings you the angst of Sid Vicious paired with the explosive stage presence of a Mexican jumping bean. Bill is the driving force of the band, always rocking his Epiphone Thunderbird down low, with attitude, not altitude.