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John Kastner - Have you Seen Lucky

Since moving to LA with his wife Nicole Deboer he has co-founded Cobraside distribution, toured and recorded with his band All Systems Go, scored film soundtracks and written songs with numerous rock legends

Richard Dyer

Date published: 18th May 2006

THE BOSS TUNEAGE RECORDING COMPANY
RELEASE DATE: 26th JUNE 2006

John Kastner is a busy man. Since moving to Los Angeles with his wife Nicole Deboer he has co-founded Cobraside distribution, toured and recorded with his band All Systems Go, scored film soundtracks (including Phil the Alien, the indie hit of last year’s Toronto International Film Festival) and written songs with numerous rock legends (Marc Lanegan, Evan Dando, etc.). Now he has recorded his first solo recorded, “Have You Seen Lucky”, which he describes as “a cross between everything I’ve done over the past 20 years.  Alex from Rush plays guitar on it and Lee Ving from Fear sings on it – so it’s really all over the place.  That’s my crazy 70’s upbringing in a nutshell”.

John was an original rock and roll kid. At eight he started going to rock concerts, Aerosmith, KISS and everyone in between, but when he heard the Ramones and Iggy Pop it was all over. John was only sixteen when he started a little punk band from Montreal called The Asexuals. Within a year of forming they had a single out followed shortly by a full length album, and tours of Canada and the U.S. One year later the band released a second record, but John quit The Asexuals and quickly formed The Doughboys, a band he would record seven albums with, and which would keep him on the road steadily for the next ten years.

On the Doughboys last tour, in support of The Offspring, Marc Arnold of the recently-defunct Big Drill Car played guitar. With their two old bands sliding out of the picture, John and Mark decided it was time for All Systems Go! After having done time on a number of major labels with the Doughboys, John decided to take a different route, and use his experience in the music business to take charge: “Now, I make my own records and license them to labels all over the world.  The last All Systems Go! album was on Universal in Canada, EMI in the US, different labels everywhere.”

Growing half Ace Frehley and half Darby Crash, John Kastner is now doing it all his way, and his way is the rock.