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West Chester, Pennsylvania - put on the map by being home to the CKY crew and many of the Jackass merry pranksters - have new heroes in good old rock n’ roll badasses Backwoods Payback.

Formed in 2003 by guitarist and singer Mike Cummings as a way to channel his combined loves of Black Flag-style hardcore, Black Sabbath-inspired doom, and Neil Young’s grungier moments, Backwoods Payback play unadulterated melodic rock n’ roll - the kind that challenges you to NOT bang your head to the power of the riff. Fans of Kyuss, Elder and Down will find it impossible to resist.

A four-piece for most of their 13 year journey, the band are currently a power trio
, displaying the exquisite simplicity and raw power of a guitar, bass and Eirk Larson of Alabama Thunderpussy's drums (as well as those mighty vocals) on fourth album Fire Not Reason, released in 2016 on Small Stone Recordings.

We’re delighted their European tour will bring their rock n’ roll riffnado through Desertfest 2017.

Words: Tom McKibbin