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PALOOKA News Archive

Sept 28, 2013 - PALOOKA working on new materiel

PALOOKA is working on new songs that will be candidates for the next full length release. Hope to share more soon.

Here is the band peforming new song Shine at Slim's last weekend..





Sept 17, 2013 - PALOOKA is URock Band of the Week



PALOOKA is honored to be the band of the week on the URock Radio Network .

These fine folks are helping to keep Rock alive and kicking.

Sept 14, 2013 - Big PALOOKA Show Saturday September 21st at Slim's

We are excited to share the stage with two amazing bands The Guessing Game and The Dolly Rottens. This show will be amazing and if you get there before 10pm you can also have Slim's yummy Chili!

Sept 12, 2013 - She's Speed Single Review!

Rocking review of the new single from the folks at Blackhole Magazine Here. Thanks for all the love!



August 27, 2013 - She's Speed single Available Today on 7" Vinyl and Itunes Download!



August 18, 2013 - Tonight World Wide Radio Premiere of She's Speed!!



Tonight the Worldwide Debut of the She's Speed single on NWCZ's Northwest Convergence Zone. http://nwczradio.com/?page_id=199

July 27, 2013 - Feedback Lounge next up

PALOOKA plays a single release party show at the Feedback Lounge coming up on August 24th! We have some fun suprises for all of you long time Seattle music fans. This show is a must not miss and will be remembered for years to come!

July 20, 2013 - PALOOKA Big Everett Show Tongiht at Tony V's

Tonight PALOOKA headline's Tony V's Garage for a exciting return to Everett! Come on out all you north end rockers, let's get it on!



July 7, 2013 - PALOOKA Live in West Seattle at Summer Fest Friday!

Make sure you come out Friday at 4:30pm for PALOOKA on the California stage and Fun in the Sun at the West Seattle Summer Fest.

July 3, 2013 - PALOOKA Hot fun in the Summertime!

Hello July. PALOOKA gets back to playing live again on a more regular basis this month. On Friday July 12th @ 4:40pm we hit the California Ave Stage @ the West Seattle Summer Fest . On Saturday July 20th we are excited to return to Tony V's Garage in Everett.

We should also have the She’s Speed single in hand by the last week of the month. We are planning some exciting events around the release of the single including a She’s Speed single release party toward the latter half of August. Stay tuned for more info.

June 28, 2013 - PALOOKA to play West Seattle Summer Fest!

PALOOKA is excited to announce that we will be playing the West Seattle Summer Fest. PALOOKA is scheduled to take the California Ave Stage @ 4:40pm on Friday July 12th. PALOOKA, beers and elephant ears, you just cant go wrong here.




June 11, 2013 - PALOOKA - Rockin Into Summer

PALOOKA has a super fun summer planned starting with this Saturday June 15th at Slims Last Chance in Georgetown!!

We would also like to thank Lisa Fisher for sending along a pic of her awesome creation...



More shows announced soon!




May 8, 2013 - Press Release - PALOOKA NEWS New Music and Shows!!

She's Speed Single:

PALOOKA is working on a 7 inch vinyl single of the song She's Speed with an anticipated midsummer release date. This will be PALOOKA's first release since their album What's Wrong With Wanting Everything came out in Summer of 2011. The She's Speed single will also be PALOOKA's first release with Chris Quinn (SGM, RazRez, West Section Line, Bottle of Smoke) on guitar and Paul Passarelli (Lipstick, October, Kingmother, 70 Proof and Flight to Mars) on vocals. PALOOKA added Paul to the lineup in mid January 2013 and went into Big Sound Productions later that month to work on a preproduction demo for the next PALOOKA album (anticipated late this year/early next year release). After listening to the results of the sessions, releasing a couple of the songs just seemed to make sense. Steve Jones (Ancient Warlocks) recorded the single at Big Sound. The single was mixed and mastered by Martin Feveyear at Jupiter Studios.

PALOOKA starts playing live regularly again in June at Slims Last Chance Saloon on 6/15 with Hard Roller and the Demolition Kings.


April 28, 2013 - Vote For PALOOKA to play at KISW's Pain in the Grass

You can vote for PALOOKA to play at KISW's annual Pain in the Grass here: PALOOKA at Pain in the Grass


March 19, 2013 - PALOOKA Live Tonight at the Nectar Lounge Seattle!

PALOOKA plays their first show with new singer Paul Passarelli and returns to the stage after 9 months away tonight 3/19 @ Nectar. Also on the bill are Straight Red and Jar of Rain.

Tiickets $7. Doors open at 8pm. 21 and over.
Nectar 412 N 36th St Seattle WA 98103

February 24, 2013 - PALOOKA on Rockus Radio!

PALOOKA would like to thank the fine folks at Rokkus Radio for adding us to rotation. Check out what they are all about at www.rokkus.com. PALOOKA will be played during The Pirate's Ball (Weekdays 6:00 - 10:00 GMT).





February 3, 2013 - New show wtih New Singer and Recording News!

PALOOKA'S first show back with our new singer the one, the only Paul Passarelli will be with Jar of Rain and Straight Red, two amazing young bands at one of our favorite clubs Nectar Lounge on Tuesday March 19th. We've called all your bosses and they think it's swell if you don't show up for work the next day. Sleep is overrated anyway. PALOOKA also had the opportunity to record 3 new songs with Steve Jones over at Big Sound Productions. We had a great time with a fantastic engineer and producter.



January 20, 2013 - Paul Passarelli new Vocalist for PALOOKA

PALOOKA is excited to announce that we are adding Paul Passarelli to the band as our new singer. Paul is a rock veteran who brings a wealth of experience, talent and creativity to PALOOKA. Paul was in the bands Lipstick in Seattle during the early 80's, L.A‘s October during the mid 80's, Kingmother from San Diego in the early 90's, and in the mid 90's the great and powerful 70 Proof. For the last decade he has sung for the Flight to Mars annual Crohn's benefit shows. We would like to thank the all the talented folks who invested time and effort trying out for our singer position. We would also like to express our appreciation to all of you who have supported us during this process. We look forward to recording and playing again live soon



December 27, 2012 - Happy New Year From PALOOKA

PALOOKA is getting ready for an exciting 2013! We are working feverishly on new recordings and will have some big news about 2013 coming soon!

We wish you all a safe and happy New Years and Thank you all for sticking with us, w

e are proud to call you all fans and friends.



November 22, 2012 - Thanksgiving Day

PALOOKA is thankful for all of you who have been so kind as to give us your support. We wish all of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

November 11, 2012 - Veterans Day

PALOOKA would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of the Veterans out there for your service, sacrifice and dedication. Thank you.

September 19, 2012 - PALOOKA Singer Seach Update #2

We've received interest from a bunch of really great singers and are looking forward to the first in room tryouts this week. We are flattered and humbled by the overall response. We plan on keeping the submission window open for at least another two weeks. The tryout songs are What's Wrong With Wanting Everything, Golden Boy and Ugly American. The important thing to us is not only finding a great singer but to find the right fit personality and vision wise. As a result we are open to singers of various experience levels. Keep the submissions coming. If you submit and don't hear from us it means we didn't receive your submission.

PALOOKA would like to thank all the singer applicants, our friends and fans for your continued support.

September 8, 2012 - PALOOKA Singer Seach Update

Wow, there are some great singers out there. We would like to thank everyone who has sent stuff in so far.

The submission window is still open.

For PALOOKA finding a great singer as well as someone who gets what we do and is a great fit personality wise are of equal importance to us.

As a result we are open to singers of various experience levels.

We will reply to each submission so if you don't get a reply it means we did not get your submission. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.

Thanks again everyone. We are looking forward to filling the position sooner than later and getting back down to the business of writing, recording and playing live.



PALOOKA SEEKS VOCALIST

Established, all original hard rock band based in Seattle is looking for a singer.

PALOOKA’s CD What’s Wrong With Wanting Everything was released last year and we are currently writing our next album. We are looking to add someone who wants to be a part of pro sounding group, on a reasonable schedule and who can have fun doing so.



To hear what we do go here: http://reverbnation.com/palooka

Interested singers contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





July 5, 2012 - PALOOKA Vocalist Transition



PALOOKA and Rob O’Neal have decided to go in different directions. PALOOKA would like to thank Rob for all he has contributed to the band and we wish him nothing but the best. PALOOKA is moving forward writing new material and will be looking for a new singer in the near future.






June 25, 2012 - Thank you Seattle as we Rock into Summer

PALOOKA Thanks all of our fans who packed Studio 7 on Saturday the 16th. We had such an amazing repsonse thank you all who came out to represent. We are very lucky to have the best fans and friends who have come from all over to rock out!






June 9, 2012 - PALOOKA RETURNS TO STUDIO 7 Saturday June 16th with LA GUNS!



Next Saturday June 16th PALOOKA returns to Seattle’s Studio 7 as part of the LA Gun’s CD release party bill. PALOOKA has not played live since March and is chomping at the bit to get back on stage. During the time away from the stage PALOOKA has been working in the studio on new material. This process is slated to continue throughout the Summer and Fall with the goal of putting together a release or series of releases toward the end of this year.








June 1, 2012 - PALOOKA FANS WORLDWIDE We have had an influx of interest from new fans all over the world as of late. Besides the great folks from the USA and Canada who have always and continue to support us we have been getting the largest number of new fans from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Great Britain, The Czech Republic and The Philippines. We sincerely appreciate all the interest and support. Thank you.








May 26, 2012 - Remembering Those Who Serve! PALOOKA would like to say a big Thank You, You Rock!! to all those who currently serve and have served our country in the military. We hope all have a safe and happy Memorial Day, especially those serving all of us, putting their lives on the line everyday for the good ole USA!






May 4, 2012 - PALOOKA Summer Shows!

We have shows with LA Guns on June 16th and we return to the Horseshoe in Woodinville on July 28th with our dear friends The Demolition Kings!! You can't miss these two shows!





April 7, 2012 - More PALOOKA fans World Wide!

Some of PALOOKA's newest fans this week are from:


Binghamton, NY, São Paulo, Brazil, Lehigh Acres, FL, Caledon, Canada, Brisbane, Australia, Russell Springs, KY, Central District, Hong Kong, Williamston, SC, Israel, Jurmala, Latvia, Zurich, Switzerland, Hyderabad, India, Germany, Evesham, United Kingdom, Trenton, Canada, Makati, Philippines, Perth, Australia, Lincolnton, Georgia, Bogota, Columbia, Ageo, Japan, Chicago, Illinois, Bucharest, Romania, Omega, Italy, Melbourne, Australia Brisbane, Australia, Evesham, United Kingdom.


Thank you for your support and spreading the word. Sign up for our Fan email list here. Buy our CD Here.





March 12, 2012 - PALOOKA gears up for Haley's in 2 Weeks

Our first show since the busy holidaze, PALOOKA takes Big Thick Rock back to Haley's in Everett!





Saturday March 31, 2012 PALOOKA brings it up north, come out! You know you'll love it, we may have a couple suprises up our sleeves.











February 10, 2012 - PALOOKA recording in February and March Taking a deep breath, and thank you to all of our fans and friends who have supported us in our busy December and January.

We are now in the studio working on some ideas for our next full length release.

We look forward to more live shows in the spring as we work our way to the second album later this year.









January 24, 2012 - PALOOKA at Studio 7 this Saturday! Come see PALOOKA finish off January with Bang!! Studio 7 with Enuf Z Nuff.

PALOOKA goes on at 9:30 so get there early for all the awesome rock!!









January 15, 2012 - PALOOKA keeps rockin in January! We had more than a blast playing with Hell's Belles and Stone Axe at Nuemos last Friday night. We now look forward to a fun show at the Horseshoe Saloon in Woodinville with Custom! PALOOKA will go on by 9 and play an extended set. Come see this show at a fun club on the eastside.









January 8, 2012 - PALOOKA Plays Nuemo's this Friday the 13th with Hell's Belles! Neumos Seattle and KISW present:

Hell's Belles, Stone Axe, and PALOOKA.

Doors at 8pm this lucky Friday the 13th. Strap in and buckle up because this show will rock big time.





January 1, 2012 - Happy New Year From PALOOKA!! Happy New Year and we thank all of you fans for making 2011 a fantastic year for PALOOKA. We released our debut CD to a very positive repsonse including regular radio play on NWCZ and KISW among other stations. We had the opportunity to play with fantastic bands all year and finished the year strong with a packed show at the Sunset Tavern last week. 2012 looks very promising for Big Thick Rock. We are working on several new songs, have some fantastic shows in the works, starting a very busy January with shows in Seattle and Woodinville.

A big thanks from Rob, Howard, Glen, Jason and Chris!! We look forward to a promising 2012!







December 11, 2011 - Rolling into December strong to close out a gratifying 2011. Thanks to all of you who came out to Tony V's Garage on Saturday 12/10. Also thanks to Ubix, Witchburn as well as Tony and the staff of Tony V's. Everett you Rock!

PALOOKA finishes the year on 12/28 at the Sunset in lovely downtown Ballard with Betty Fords Falcons and legendary Seattle band Feast. PALOOKA also has 3 shows in January.

Details for all currently scheduled shows can be found here on our website, also on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/PALOOKA/170113783971 and at Reverbnation http://www.reverbnation.com/palooka

Sign up for our Fan email list here. Buy our CD Here.

We are currently working on new material and hope to add a new song or two to the set list by the 12/28 show. The writing process and initial planning for the next album is already moving forward.

PALOOKA would sincerely like to thank all of you for your support. We wish you a very Happy Holiday Season and a great 2012.







December 4, 2011 - PALOOKA shoots at the Pussy Room. Tomorrow PALOOKA visits the infamous Pussy Room for a photo shoot. Many thanks to the fine folks at the Coppergate Tavern for allowing us this opportunity. For those of you who may not have been here before we highly recommend you stop by and treat yourself to try fine modern Scandinavian beverage and bites.







December 1, 2011 - PALOOKA at Tony V's in Everett Dec 10, 2011. PALOOKA returns to Everett and gets to open for two fantastic NW bands, Witchburn and Big Wheel Stunt Show. We want to see all of you northend rockers come out and have a great time.







November 22, 2011 - Happy Thanksgiving from PALOOKA. PALOOKA wishes to thank all our fans and friends. We are very thankful for all of your support over this year, making our first CD release a success. Thanks to all of the folks who came out to our Nectar show last night. We packed the place on a Monday and everyone had a great time. We are happy to keep rocking for all of you.







November 17, 2011 - PALOOKA Live at Nectar Monday 11-21-11. Coming off a fantastic show at El Corazon with Still Standing, PALOOKA moves on to take over Nectar next Monday November 21, 2011. Please join us as we welcome smash hit French band Inspector Cluzo on their world tour.







November 3, 2011 - PALOOKA Live at El Corazon Nex Tuesday 11/08. PALOOKA returns to Seattle to play El Corazon with Still Standing, Fill The Silence and Levendy featuring Vanna D. Get your tickets here Cascade Tickets for PALOOKA at El Corazon.







October 29, 2011 - PALOOKA Shows - Lot's of Big Thick Rock in November. PALOOKA rolls into fall with 3 shows in the next month. This Saturday 10/29 PALOOKA plays Louie G's in Fife in a rare all ages show. Wear your costumes, come out and join us for this great all ages event. On 11/08 PALOOKA returns to Seattle to play El Corazon with Levendy featuring Vanna D, Still Standing and Fill The Silence. PALOOKA ends the month at Nectar on 11/21 with Inspector Cluzo (France), The Awfully Sudden Death of Mary G. Get your rock vibe on this month before the holidaze.







October 18, 2011 - PALOOKA now on Jango. PALOOKA is now on the playlists of Jango - Free Music - Internet Radio that Plays What You Want! Listen to Music Online Radio Stations Jango.com Jango is about making online music social, fun and simple. Free personal radio that learns from your taste and connects you to others who like what you like.







October 2, 2011 - PALOOKA On The Edge Radio On Air Chicago! PALOOKA has been added to the rotation of another internet radio station. TheEdgeOnAir.com is an exciting independent underground internet radio station located in the Chicagoland area. We would like to thank the folks at TheEdgeOnAir.com for adding us to their playlists.







September 26, 2011 - PALOOKA Live at Hell's Kitchen 10/1/11 8pm PALOOKA can next be seen live at NWCZ Radio's Rocktoberfest at Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma October 1st. Come rock out with some of the Northwest's best bands. PALOOKA goes on at 8pm sharp. Admission is free.











September 23, 2011 - PALOOKA CD UPDATES PALOOKA is proud to announce that in less than 3 months since the release of their CD What's Wrong With Wanting Everything the first pressing is nearly sold out. A 2nd pressing has been ordered. PALOOKA would like to thank all the people who have supported us and who continue to do so.







September 18, 2011 - PALOOKA Interview on NWCZ Radio PALOOKA sat down this evening with the crew from NWCZ Radio - The Northwest Convergence Zone for an in studio interview. Listen to all the fun and hijinx here. We are on in the last 1/2 hour. Thanks to Big D and the crew!

PALOOKA on NW Convergence Zone







September 5th, 2011 - Album Review Artist: PALOOKA

Album: What's Wrong With Wanting Everything

Review by "Target Audience Magazine"

Palooka's debut album, What's Wrong with Wanting Everything?, powerfully combines classic hard-rock riffs and strong vocals that range from softer, moving ballads to traditional high-energy jams. Released on June 28th 2011, the title track boasts a stunning drum line that provides the backbone for the heavy guitars. Vocalist Rob O'Neal shows his talent throughout this album with the strong, grungy tone in "Welcome to the Morning After," and in the more mellow, thoughtful attitudes found in "Golden Boy."

O'Neal`s backing by guitarists, Ric Vaughan and Glen Logan, join forces to bring fantastic melodies and hard-hitting solos to the songs. Bassist, Howard Binner, and drummer, Jason Reavis, round out the band. Palooka took the album title to heart and provides a great collection of tracks that brings in the best elements from the past three decades of rock.

Fans of old-school rock will fall in love with Palooka's classic feel and energetic pace from the first track. "Wrecking Ball" opens up with fast vocals, strong chords, a well felt bass line, and heavy drums. The song pulls the listener in slowly only to bring him back the intensity felt previously.

Palooka's title track, "What's Wrong with Wanting Everything," contains a classic rock attitude and raspy vocals that make for a heavy-hitting, catchy, and well-rounded masterpiece. The album's fifth track, "Serenity," carries a deep, personal conflict that can be felt in the sound and heard in the lyrics. "Sun Will Rise" brings a touch of class to the album pairing meaningful lyrics with a beautiful crying guitar to build a softer side while maintaining the overall attitude of the album. "Golden Boy" rounds out the album out with an insightful ballad carrying heartfelt lyrics and melodic riffs delivered with a clean finish.

Check out Palooka at:www.palookarocks.com

Review by Nathan Liss

PALOOKA's review on the "Target Audience Magazine" website.







August 17, 2011 - Album Review Artist: PALOOKA

Album: What's Wrong With Wanting Everything

Review by Rhonda Readence

Spanning many years and a plethora of diverse musical experiences, PALOOKA has been roaming the Seattle music scene since before the popularity of flannel and grunge. Rob O'Neal on vocals is accompanied by Ric Vaughan and Glen Logan on guitars, Howard Binner on bass and Jason Reavis on drums. After playing for a variety of other bands, these artists found their paths converging towards each other and the result was their debut album What's Wrong With Wanting Everything. Combining one part attitude with three parts rock, this band will cross the boundaries between screaming guitar licks and soft acoustic ballads with little trouble. The opening track, "Wrecking Ball," is a good intro to PALOOKA. With a dash of 80's metal and a killer drumbeat, this piece kicks things off well. The guitar work is polished, the vocals are lively and well-delivered, and this high energy track will leave us waiting for more. After the hard-hitting opening track, "Welcome to the Morning After" shows a softer side to PALOOKA and it is in this song that we get a chance to truly appreciate O'Neal's vocal ability. The rhythm is haunting and the lyrics are thought provoking and deep. Clearly, this band has depth.

"Shiny New Gun" showcases the dueling guitars of Vaughan and Logan and the 80's metal vibe will have rockers flashing devil horns as heads bang. PALOOKA has no problem rocking out and giving off incredible amounts of energy. If the studio album is any indication of what they can do, it would be a pleasure to see them play live, particularly this track. Next up is the album's title track, which is an ambitious journey through rock that highlights the band's collective experience. Everything is solid in this track, from the blazing guitar solo to the vocals to the rhythm section, and it is performed with exceptional skill. "Serenity" carries a distinct groove and the melody is addictive. Fans will be swaying in the crowd when PALOOKA performs this live. This piece has a definite edge to it; a sense of impending danger and a slightly bluesy vibe. This is PALOOKA with attitude and we like it. "Rot" also carries an attitude that is steeped in pure rock. The guitar work is simply phenomenal and the rhythm of this song is seductive. Lyrically, this is an excellent offering, however the sound production could use some work. The sound is a bit tinny, but with some tweaking this can be remedied. Overall, this is yet another solid piece of musicianship that fans will adore.

What's Wrong With Wanting Everything takes a turn with "Sun Will Rise," an honest and heartfelt song with graceful acoustic work and lyrics that dig deep. Perhaps the standout song on the album, it embodies life experiences and human emotions, as well as loss and an underlying sense of strength. O'Neal's vocals are delivered with candor and this haunting track is the epitome of excellent PALOOKA music. "Dime Store Jesus" picks up the pace with killer guitar licks and a snappy beat. This is what we've come to know and love about this band; energetic rock with a twist. And they pull it off so well. "Saving Grace" continues in this vein, and PALOOKA proves once more that they obviously play well together and have formed a pretty solid core of musicianship with one another. The harmonious melody of this song will make it a fan favorite and the lyrics are extremely well-written and thoughtful.

"Ugly American" has a slower pace and a more elegant essence, at least during the intro. It quickly becomes a signature PALOOKA offering with a driving drumbeat, wailing guitars and gritty vocals. This band is most definitely not lacking in the talent department. The album closes with "Golden Boy," and this is the most artful and creative piece on the album. With candid vocals that deliver heartfelt lyrics, this is an excellent choice to end the album on. Listeners may have forgotten that PALOOKA has a soft side, and closing with this track will remind us that this band is more than just screaming guitars and full-on rock. They have given us exceptionally written songs peppered with intelligent and honest lyrics, incredible guitar playing, and an overall sense of talent that is occasionally too much to take in all at once. This album will not collect dust on the shelf. Fans will want to listen to it again and again, looking for the little nuances that were missed the first twenty times. There is something new to hear each time this album takes a spin, and that's talent, pure and true.

Review by Rhonda Readence

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Rhonda Readence is a freelance writer based in Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.







August 11, 2011 - PALOOKA on iRADIO LA The PALOOKA song "What's Wrong With Wanting Everything" has been added to rotation at - iRADIO LA, voted as the first "Internet Radio Station Of The Year" by New Music Weekly Magazine, is the world's first and most popular independent radio station, playing 100% original music by unsigned bands 24/7/365. Since 1998, iRADIO LA has broken the sound barriers with stellar programming that quenches the world's thirst for great new music, one wave after another. Indie104 ~ iRADIO LA is an online streaming station available on the web and on cell phones.

Featured shows hosted by top producers include, Indie Traffic Jam, Colorado Wave, Indie Music Wave, On The Horizon, Top 40 Show, BACA Nation, and a steady stream of awesome, socially-conscious programming. Indie104 ~ iRADIO LA will keep you tuned in and turned on to the hottest music format on earth. Indie 104 is leading the way in brave new music, including Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country-Rock, Alt-Rock, and World Beat.

Request PALOOKA, (listed in the "P" section) What's Wrong With Wanting Everything, here







August 3, 2011 - PALOOKA Shoots Video PALOOKA shot a video for the title track of the debut cd "What's Wrong With Wanting Everything" @ the beautiful Century Ballroom recently. More details soon.







July 28, 2011 - PALOOKA on KISW PALOOKA made it's "Loud & Local" debut with the title track to the debut cd "What's Wrong With Wanting Everything" Thank you Jolene! You can hear the podcast here, we are the second song in right after the show intro.

Make sure you request PALOOKA at KISW by doing one of the following:
Text PALOOKA to 77999
Call the KISW Rock Line: (206) 421-ROCK, (800) 783-ROCK and request PALOOKA

PALOOKA on Loud & Local







July 9, 2011 - PALOOKA on nwczradio.com PALOOKA is proud to have songs from our new cd "What's Wrong With Wanting Everything" included in NWCZradio.com's New Music Monday, July 11th between 5 and 7pm.

It's NWCZradio.com's goal to bring you the best in northwest independent music whether it be rock, punk, hip/hop, techno, blues, jazz, etc. and PALOOKA is greatful to be added to the playlist







July 8, 2011 - PALOOKA announces new guitarist PALOOKA has added guitarist Chris Quinn to the lineup replacing Ric Vaughan who relocated to Norway in June. PALOOKA had the pleasure of working with some very talented guitarist since early 2011 in a series of try outs. Everyone who participated in the try outs was fantastic, but Chris had the unique combination of talent and tone that proved to be the best fit for the band.

Chris is a veteran of decades of playing live and recording. He has been involved with SGM, RAZREZ, Bottle of Smoke, West Section Line and Truly w/Mark Pickeral and Hiro Yamamoto, among others.

PALOOKA looks forward to moving forward with Chris, and will have live show dates to announce soon







June 26, 2011 - PALOOKA's debut CD "What's Wrong With Wanting Everything" hits the stores June 28th





Buy the CD


PALOOKA's, What's Wrong With Wanting Everything cd is set for a June 28th 2011 release date. What's Wrong With Wanting Everything is not only the title of PALOOKA's debut cd and the accompanying title track but it also seems to be their approach to putting together an album. The 11 songs on this cd cover a lot of ground which at times makes it hard to fathom how all these often divergent tunes sit so closely together, so comfortably. The good news for the listener is that they do. How you ask? It may be the fact that PALOOKA brings together musicians who have been haunting the Seattle scene from the pre grunge days to present (yes there was a pre grunge Seattle music scene). PALOOKA consists of former members of Overlord, Bible Stud, Ruester, Boss Martians, Razrez, Aggressive Nature, Devil's End Drive, Debutant, and Born Naked. Combined with the influences PALOOKA sites ranging from Elton John and Louis Armstrong to Bowie/Ronson, KISS, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols, The Cult, The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Motorhead, Motley Crue and many more the picture gets a bit clearer. Topped off by the obvious Evel Knievel hero worship that asserts itself from their younger days as demonstrated by the cover photo we start to get a glimpse of how they pull it off.

What's Wrong With Wanting Everything goes from heavy and loudly extroverted at times to subdued, self critical and introspective. Not afraid of guitar solos, or quiet acoustics the musical pallet here ranges from hard rock with metal tinged fury to something approaching alternative and at times even bluesy. Songs on this cd deal with subjects ranging from larger social commentary with songs like Ugly American, and Dime Store Jesus, to the loss of a close friend and brutal self examination on Sun Will Rise, and Golden Boy, to a gratuitous pursuit of life in the adrenaline fueled moment on the title track.

Ambitious? Sure but it works. According to PALOOKA there is nothing wrong with wanting everything and their new cd proves that they just may be on to something.

PALOOKA's, What's Wrong With Wanting Everything cd is set for a June 28th 2011 release date.











June 20, 2011 - PALOOKA selects new guitarist Through an exhaustive search and a series of tryouts PALOOKA has selected the guitarist to replace Ric Vaughan. More details to follow soon. Please stay tuned.









June 13, 2011 - PALOOKA says goodbye to guitarist Ric Vaughan Thank you Ric Vaughan for helping us take a conversation at Paddy Coyne's and turning it into a great experience and an album. You will be missed our friend It has been an honor and pleasure to play music with you.









May 21st 2011 - PALOOKA plays University Street fair and makes the news on Q13 PALOOKA played a great set at the 42nd Annual University Street Fair and was featured in a clip about the days events on Q13Fox. In other news, todays event also marks the final performance with guitarist Ric Vaughan as we wish him well in his move to Norway. You will be missed Ric!