Doom Kounty Electric Chair-MANNISH BOY
Digital Single Release July 29, 2021
1997 Original recording Digitally Remastered
Persuasion Records/A Boy Named Ho
Doom Kounty Electric Chair was born shortly after J. Zane’s(Jose Cruz) fronted band Male Order Brides completed test recordings under the direction of Left Bank Management’s Robbin Crosby(Ratt). Male Order Brides also included Patrick Bostrom(Fontanelles, Throw Rag), Steven Riley(W.A.S.P, L.A. Guns), and John James(The Joneses). Jose didn’t want to enter into a long term Record Deal based on those recordings(A&M Studios) and began discussions with brother Chris Cruz about working on a more solo based project on Chris’s label Persuasion Records that would become Doom Kounty Electric Chair.
Recordings began in the summer of 1995 in Hollywood with Ryan Dorn(Ugly Kid Joe, Motorhead, White Buffalo) recording/producing and Rob Klonel(Raging Slab, Hollywood Vampires, new Cruzados) on Drums/co-arranger. The plan was for Jose to play Bass and Guitar with Patrick Bostrom on Lead Guitar. While Bostrom would appear on a 4 tracks, Jose would assume all guitar work after Pat became unavailable due to a family matter. Drum tracks were completed in a couple days and Jose proceeded track Guitars, Bass & Vocals on weekends over the next 18 months on what would become the 11 Song debut Stealing Defeat From the Jaws of Victory. Chris Cruz was the Executive Producer and did everything from Guitar Tech to eventually playing Bass following the departure of Scott Shriner(Weezer).
The newly remastered digital single Mannish Boy is the first of a series to be released by Persuasion Records to highlight this critically acclaimed, yet under the radar artist active from 1997-2002. Powerful and artistic, Jose is channeling Bowie, Danzig, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Roxy Music, The Ramones & Kiss.
The OC Register(Feb. 13, 1998) Robert Kinsler described the debut “Jose Cruz has robbed a fully loaded armored car and gotten away with all the goods”… drawing comparisons to Cheap Trick, AC/DC, STP, Green Day & Nirvana. The LA Time’s Mike Boehm(July 8, 1998) named Stealing Defeat From the Jaws of Victory a Top 10 Release for 1998 adding “There’s attitude to burn on this nothing-fancy, nice-and-rough collection of cranking, catchy riff-rockers recalling the likes of the Cult, Dramarama and MC5.”
Persuasion Records released DKEC’s Stealing Defeat From the Jaws of Victory(1997), Homicide EP & 7″(1999), and Cuban Healed Killers(2002).
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