Some musicians are desperate to court controversy. They make self-conscious attempts to get under the skin of a target deemed a threat or make otherwise inflammatory comments about a bigger presence in their genre. On the other hand, there are musicians who do little to fan the flames as it were, but still carry labels such as ‘trouble-maker’ and ‘notorious’ like an albatross around their neck all because of a little honesty. Aron ‘Deuce’ Erlichman certainly falls into the second category.
Leaping like a tattooed wrecking ball as the mastermind of masked rap-rock crew Hollywood Undead, Deuce went from nowhere to everywhere after the success of debut album, Swan Songs. Despite the success, all was not well within the … Undead camp and soon after he left under an acrimonious cloud followed by a hailstorm of back-biting and trash-talking from his ex-band mates.
Two years on and Deuce is back with a new collection of songs. Earlier this year he released the video to his new single, “America,” from his forthcoming debut solo album Nine Lives. Once again things are starting to look up for Deuce, free of the creative and emotional restraints of the past: “I don’t have anything holding me back now.”
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