The year is 1987, and the infamous Sunset Strip is alive in all of its glory. Within three square miles you can hear the rumble of speakers echoing everything from classic rock n’ roll to heavy metal and everything in between. The venues lined the streets, like the posters lined the telephone poles luring music lovers in. Music lovers, like David F. Castagno, who had dreams bigger than the fliers on the strip. Castagno founded Screamer Magazine in hopes to cover the local L.A. music scene with the respect that it deserved. Giving unsigned bands a professional quality publication in which to be featured was Castagno’s primary goal. The magazine was met with instant praise and success and soon became “the” source for L.A.’s metal scene and it wasn’t long before the biggest bands in the genre were featured interviews. In 1992 Screamer Magazine took the quantum leap from being a local Southern California publication to becoming a national magazine, further expanding its reach and influence. However, with the explosion of grunge rock and metal sales beginning to wane, Screamer Magazine published its final print issue in March of 1994. With the rebirth of 80s metal popularity and digital technology, Screamer Magazine lives on for a whole new generation of fans. A new generation of fans and musicians who pay homage to the sound of the strip and the era.
One band in particular caught the attention of the Screamer Magazine editorial staff, Dirty Honey. In 2019 Dirty Honey rocked the world with a sound that was both fresh and reminiscent. A sound that helped them rise to the top of the music charts and on the tour lineup for bands who rocked the strip long before them. Dirty Honey made music history when they became the only unsigned artist to ever hit #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart with their debut track When I’m Gone. And their single, Rollin 7s, went into the Top 5 at Rock Radio shortly after that. Between the Fall of 2018 and early 2020, Dirty Honey opened for The Who, Guns N’ Roses, and Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, performed at more than a dozen major summer festivals, including Welcome to Rockville, Louder Than Life, Heavy MTL, Rocklahoma, Sonic Temple and Epicenter, and played to SRO crowds at every show on its first-ever headline tour in December, January and February 2020. Additionally, Dirty Honey was named Canadian Rock Radio’s #1 International Breakout Artist of 2019, the band was nominated as Best New Rock/Alternative Artist for the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, and Rolling Stone wrote about the band as an “Artist You Need To Know.”
On March 5, 2021, Dirty Honey unveiled “California Dreamin’,” the lead single from its debut album that was set for release April 23, 2021. And on April 13, 2021 Screamer Magazine announced their partnership with Dirty Honey, in a giveaway that would give back to the fans that keep the band and publication alive. The publication revealed that there would be ten winners, who would receive an autographed magazine cover from digital issue #156. This issue featured an exclusive interview with Marc LaBelle and John Notto, written by Matt Quina. The winners would also receive a copy of Dirty Honey’s debut full-length CD and major bragging rights, because the winners were being chosen on the same day as the debut release. After eleven days of anticipation and hundreds of entries, Team Scream had chosen their ten lucky winners at random. On Saturday April 24, 2021 contestants logged on to their instagram pages to tune into @ScreamerMagazineOfficial ‘s Instagram LIVE event. Hosted by Screamer photojournalist and editorial assistant, Emma Jaye, the LIVE event consisted of some light chatter about the new album before the moment everyone was waiting for. The winners were announced with the sound of the Dirty Honey song Gypsy playing in the background and can be found below.
Screamer Magazine is looking forward to partnering with more bands this year and keeping the music alive!