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PANTHER MONSTER … Lexxi Foxx of Steel Panther teams with Diggity Dave of ‘Pimp My Ride’ to form new band Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters

Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters
L-R: HYPE (rapper), Brian Jennings (guitars), Travis Haley (pka Lexxi Foxx) on bass, Diggity Dave Aragon (lead vocals), 7even (aka Kris Aragon) and Danny Parker (drums)

Metal Sludge Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters has arrived.

A new project has been birthed from a few names that our readers might find familiar.

Diggity Dave Aragon who once fronted the Los Angeles based rock band Shake The Faith with Tommy Thayer (Kiss, ex-Black N’ Blue) back in the 1990’s has teamed up with former Steel Panther bassist Lexxi Foxx to form Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters or HGNM.

Foxx aka Travis Haley parted ways with Steel Panther back in July.

Aragon is also known from his time on the popular MTV show “Pimp My Ride” which aired 2004-2007.

HGNM also features former Shake The Faith members Brian Jennings (Guitar) and Danny Parker (Drums), along with Diggity’s better half 7even (Kris Aragon) and rapper HYPE.

Digging deep, as Metal Sludge always does, Aragon first hit the Hollywood music scene in the late 1980’s with his band Silence out of Denver.

Fast forward 3+ decades, and Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters is born.

See their full press release below.


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The Monsters – After performing for over two decades with his former band, Travis Haley had amicably decided to move on and do something a little different in the space of music and bass playing alike. Diggity Dave was quoted saying “It’s not like he ever thought he wasn’t challenged by the copious amount of talent that resided within “Steel Panther,” it’s just that he wanted to explore different kinds of music and was intrigued by some of the music I was sending him.”

Diggity Dave Aragon

Diggity Dave has been doing television since the early 2000’s but came from the world of music. Diggity was signed to Warner Brothers Records in the mid 90’s with a band he fronted named “Shake the Faith” which featured Tommy Thayer (KISS) on guitar, Brian Jennings on guitar (who went on to play with TVT recording artists “Closure”) and drummer Danny Parker (who went on to co-found Warner Brothers recording artist “Beautiful Creatures”). After a decade of being on MTV, Diggity went on to star in countless other TV shows, including “Battleground Earth” with longtime friend Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) and famed rapper Ludacris.

Travis, Diggity, Brian, Danny, and their female singer 7even (Kris Aragon) have known one another for 20 years before collaborating on this magnipotent, musical, mishmash. Travis was quoted as saying “I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished with my other band. Nothing can take away the memories and the camaraderie that existed for all those years, but I just felt it was time for something new. When I heard this music, I knew this was the group of friends and the music I wanted to collaborate on.”

Gods before Monsters – Because Diggity, Brian, and Danny had all played in a previous band together and had been best of friends with Travis Haley for more than half their lives, the opportunity to form a new band was simply too compelling not to do so. Diggity confesses that the challenge was what kind of music they would construct. “Once we figured it out, we then set out to find the missing pieces that would propel the sonic and sound needed to round out this parade of hooligans. We knew we were in need of two types of talent. A rapper extraordinaire that could dismantle any genre of music and reconstruct it into his own image, and a female singer that could terrorize through the throat but tingle the testicles. We managed to find the perfect purveyors of punched out panic.” A rapper named HYPE (AKA H.M.K.) who is a phenom in the world of not just rap but also as a vocalist. HYPE, who just released a single titled “Money & Power” was already a bullet on the rise in the musical scene when he was brought into the fold with HGNM. Hype added, “I knew this was a great opportunity to represent legends past and present from all genres of music, while also transforming music for a new generation. It was a no-brainer to team up with these rockstars and “Define My HYPE” to the world.”

Rounding it out was a female singer who goes by the name 7even (also known as Kris Aragon). Travis says 7even (Kris) was vital for the overall sound of the band because the music demanded not just a female presence, but a female who could occupy a musical space that was jumping from pop, punk, rock, rap, and country.

Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters – Their music is what some might call “mashup” but they get agitated when people throw them in that category. HGNM is a new hybrid of musical forms, one that has not been explored, but is sure to ignite a million copy bands once they “blow up the area” and introduce the world to “Smashup” music. The band explains it as a blender of styles, sounds, artists, genres, and attitudes. Travis elucidates it this way, “this generation, the one before it, and the one that’s following are ripe for a band like us. It’s about losing yourself in the music, about dancing, about feeling alive. That’s why the Dj scene has conquered music because people wanna go to a show and identify and recognize the songs they’re ingesting. They just wanna be enveloped in the music they know, their friends know, and hell…even their parents know.” Diggity closes by saying, “we are not a cover band. This is original stuff we’re creating, and it’s a living, breathing history of music. We equate it to what Dj’s are doing, but in the form of a full band smashing together the songs every generation has grown up with. What other band is mixing the 70’s band Chic with Queen, Aerosmith, Sugarhill Gang, Blondie, and DMX? and that’s just one song by us. Also, kids wanna see rock stars again…larger than life entities on stage that mirror the atmosphere. Think of us as a big ass American jukebox…where all the records in it have melted together… except when you press B5…you get that plus B6, B7, B8 and the track you thought you knew is now a stitched-up Frankenstein jam that makes you shake your ass harder than ever.”

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