Although a lot of people talk about Meanstreak as a thrash band I tend to think that Meanstreak’s music contains more power than thrash but for sure it has some thrash riffs. Meanstreak existed from 1985 till 1994 and between those years a lot happened and actually not much happened.
Meanstreak released only one album, Roadkill, in 1988. Meanstreak started when guitarists Rena Sands and Marlene Apuzzo met each other in 1985 and started a band together with Bettina France on vocals, Lisa Pace on bass and Diana Keyser on drums. Diana was already the replacement drummer by the way as the first drummer didn’t last long in the band.
At first, Meanstreak played in a Vixen kinda style but changed to a more heavier style and that eventually got the attention from Mercenary Records whom also released the compilation L’Amour Rocks where Meanstreak was present with the song Lost Stranger.
In 1988 Mercenary Records released Roadkill, the debut album from Meanstreak. Although the album received good critics worldwide the label didn’t promote it enough according to the band and Meanstreak walked away from the label.
Bandmembers left the band as the newly written music turned more and more into thrash music and not all members were fond of this direction. New members were found and a demo was released in 1989 with four songs on it. Despite managers and lots of touring Meanstreak didn’t manage to get a new record deal and the band slowly faded away from the scene until 1992 when a new demo was presented to the world, The Dark Gift.
This demo showed a new musical direction for the band and the music got a more rock/ballad style. The demo also included a cover from Heart’s song Barracuda. The new style didn’t get much appreciation and eventually Meanstreak split-up in 1994.
Funny thing about Meanstreak is that three band members are married to Dream Theater members.
1988 album Roadkill
1989 demo The Other Side
1992 demo The Dark Gift