WHO ARE WE?
"Perhaps the best way to describe The Fill Ins and their sound is simply, high energy rock n roll. They blend sharp riffs with fast pacing, slick guitar solos, and more than a little punk attitude. Essentially, The Fill Ins remind me of a 21st century Ramones, only heavier and faster, and with better guitar solos." - Craig Hartranft; Dangerdog Music Reviews
The Fill Ins are a high-octane rock n roll machine, hellbent on having some fun in this world of music. While only playing a few shows in the years prior, the band officially debuted in 2014 with their debut album “Hipster Killers” and their follow-up “5th Time’s The Charm” in 2015 with Alex Stiff on guitar and vocals, Mikey Black on lead guitar and James “Captain” Nunn on bass. The band experienced a warm reaction to these albums from fans and critics alike, only making them hungry for what’s to come next. Using the fire in their guts to bring this band to the next level, the band paired up with NO PROFIT RECORDS for their 3rd album “The Time Is Now” which featured the single “Hit The Gas” pressed to multi-color 7in vinyl in 2017. The Time Is Now opened the door for the band to express more of their rock-n-roll influences while holding true to their punk roots, a point validated by Classic Rock Magazine with the band’s 2nd single “Lock and Load” featured on their mix CD with every issue (#242) + print review.
Throughout the years, the band has had the honor of opening for some of the best classic and indie bands still touring the circuit including Richie Ramone, The Dwarves, Reverend Horton Heat, GBH, Total Chaos, Wednesday 13, ANTiSEEN, Koffin Kats, and Joe Buckyourself; showing that their brand of rock-n-roll is universal across a broad spectrum of different style rock and punk. The band has also been known to play an occasional grindhouse wresting event or burlesque showcase in addition to large events like Tremont Music Hall’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in Charlotte NC (2015) and the Down South Showdown in Atlanta GA (2019); all ways of having a good time playing music and finding people from all walks of life to have fun with.
"Holy smokes are you in for a pummeling. Charlotte NC's 'The Fill Ins' return with another dose of full throttle, punk-fuelled, burn-down-the-shithouse rock'n'roll action that will have you declaring your blood-oath allegiance to 'em before it's over!" - Classic Rock Magazine (#242)
Since day one, the band has strived to provide a unique band experience from their live show, to the merchandise they release. In late 2017, they partnered up with private music venue THE RIM to provide a high in B12 and B6, sugar free, low caffeine energy drink as a better alternative to all the big brand energy drinks on the market; called HATE ENERGY. Geared towards the active musician or athlete, bands and fans alike have found a true “love” for HATE ENERGY available at their live shows, their online store and Common Market in Plaza Midwood; Charlotte NC. The energy drink also opens up potential “sponsorship” deals between bands and radio shows to help spread the word of this new alternative for those looking to rock without a crash, reaching a whole new audience where usual music releases may not be seen.
Once 2018 rolled around, the band was ready to release a new EP of material titled “NO LOVE LOST” released exclusively on cassette tape; though 2 singles from that EP (No Love Lost & a cover of the KISS classic Strutter) are available on all digital outlets along with the rest of their release discography. Used to promote their new look and sound, the NO LOVE LOST: EP ties the old with the new as it includes 2 re-records of tracks from the debut album that bring the old songs into a new light, showing the listeners what to expect of the band as time moves forward.
2018 also saw the debut of the SOMETHING GOOD FOR YA Podcast on the CULT OF DAVE NETWORK; a weekly show featuring Alex Stiff and Captain Nunn available on your favorite podcast app including iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and Spotify. The show provides an outlet for the guys to talk directly to their audience and have a little fun in the process, skewering the mediocrity while lifting up their fellow ‘creators of quality’ and giving them an additional platform to showcase their art and who they are, and that’s #SomethingGoodForYa.