Roots/Swing (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
If Izzy & the Catastrophics were just a marginal band, they’d get bumped up a notch simply by virtue of the fact that they had the good sense to hire unmatched trombone blower and former Pinstripe Chapman Sowash. Oh, but Izzy & the Catastrophics are so much more than marginal; if they’d been the dance band on the Titanic, they’d have blown that iceberg into bar cubes for drinks on the lido deck. Izzy is the perfect frenetic frontman, like Weird Al Jankovich without the flimsy jokes, and the Catastrophics swing so perfectly that Cab Calloway’s heavenly grin is brighter than Sirius on a clear night. Izzy & the Catastrophics will make all your dreams come true, especially the ones you haven’t had yet.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Squirrel Nut Zippers, Commander Cody and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy play freeze tag around the Jungle Room in Graceland. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)
~ “Simply put, Izzy and the Kesstronics were an amazing, mind blowing, high energy, intense band that didn’t let up for one second. “ (Saving Country Music)
~ “Much of '50s musical nostalgia and neorockabilly is typically, although perhaps inadvertently, form over function. Not that there's anything wrong with more tattoos than talent and more stage theatrics than technicality — it usually makes for highly entertaining live shows. NYC natives Izzy and the Kesstronics, however, are some top-tier roots musicians.” (Broward-Palm Beach New Times)