The Cat Behind the Guitar
He is known to be the nicest guy in the music business with the sweetest smile that can melt metal. A musician who never
tires of touring or of his fans, who can make playing the guitar look as easy as breathing. Not many around that can
hold that kind of prestige, but this cat's got it down to a science, and to top it all off, he's got some class too.
The youngest of three children, Brent Preston Muscat was born on April 23, 1967, in Hollywood, California. Always having
a heart for music, his vocation began with the trumpet which eventually led to the guitar at the age of thirteen.
Influenced by such noteworthy artists such as David Bowie, Sly And The Family Stone and the whole punk rock genre,
he found himself going in the direction of rock n roll, joining his first band at the age of sixteen.
In 1985, he formed Faster Pussycat with fellow LA musician, Taime Down.
The glam music scene was on the rise in LA, and he found himself and his band, gravitating towards it. They had chosen
their name from an old Russ Meyer classic cult film called "Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!". They played all of the
prominent LA clubs such as The Whiskey, The Troubadour, Gazzari's, and The Roxy. The band
had soon developed a huge following, packing the clubs everytime they played.
The group was signed to Elektra Records in 1986 and things finally began to rock n roll. The band's line-up at the time
of signing was: Taime Down: vocals, Brent: guitar, Greg Steel: guitar, Kelly Nickels: (ex-LA Guns)bass, Mark Michaels: drums.
Their self titled album made its appearance in 1987 with Eric Stacy replacing the injured Nickels after a motorcycle accident
Taime and his roomate, future MTV Headbanger's Ball VJ, Riki Rachtman, opened a club on the Sunset Strip called The Cathouse,
where the band became the house band and played there whenever they would return from touring, to a packed house.
During this time the band was featured on a rockumentary called "The Decline Of The Western Civilization Part II, The
Metal Years". This documentary showed the LA music scene in the late 80's and a lot hopefuls yet to carve a niche for themselves
in the rock world. Faster Pussycat was one of the signed bands that were interviewed for the chronicle.
Their ship had finally rolled in with the release oh their 2nd album Wake Me When It's Over which surfaced in
1989, spawning a "Z Rock 50" number one hit with Taime's semi-autobiographical ballad "House of Pain".
The third and final album for Elektra: Whipped came out in 1992 after a brief hiatus and by 1993, although the
band was on tour with Kiss, they were dropped mercilessly from the label. Glam bands were quickly becoming a thing of the
past with the rise of the Seattle grunge rock scene.
Once the band folded, Brent worked a few day jobs, doing everything from working in coffee shops to working as a camera
assistant on music videos for the alternative band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the late R&B star Aaliyah and former Stray
Cat,Brian Setzer. He also worked on a few TV commercials. Always admiring the Asain culture, he went back to school in 1996,
to learn the Japanese language.
Still, he always found time for joining LA Guns' Phil Lewis new band, The Liberators in 1998 and Bubble featuring ex-Vixen
alumni Share (Pederson) Ross, towards the year's end of 1999. Keeping himself busy he joined the LA Guns crew in 2000 for
a summer tour, and stayed with Bubble until 2001 when Faster Pussycat reunited. Maintaining the tradition of being in more
then one band at the same time, he had side projects going on with the Sinthetics (formerly Superficial) in 2001 and wituh
an ex-Guns N Roses drummer Steve Adler in an outfit called Suki Jones whom he still plays with to this day.
He has been involved with the producing end of music helping the band Blackboard Jungle in the early 90's. In 2001, he
began wearing his producing hat again, bolstering careers of the all girl band, Asain band, Ash Wednesday, Smack, The Nastys
and former Blackboard Jungle member, Britt's new band The Substitutes. He is always on the lookout for fresh, new talent.
As of late, he has turned his attentions to that of an author. His long awaited book; Brent Muscat: Babblin' On And
, will be available soon and his tour dairies from the METAL SLUDGE XTRAVAGANZA SUMMER TOUR 2003 with Faster Pussycat,
were anxiously awaited on www.MetalSludge.com
. He was touring with Pretty Boy Floyd and Enuff Z'Nuff.
The band has a new EP and live DVD on the works.
In his personal life: Brent was recently married in April of 2002. He and his wife currently live in Los Angeles.
-- Brent Preston Muscat
Birth date -- 4-23-67
Birth place -- Hollywood, Cal.
-- 5' 8"
Eye color -- Blue
Hair color -- Just try and find out
type -- O+
Family -- Mom, Dad, & 2 Older brothers
Former jobs/bands -- Faster Pussycat,
Corpse, Lazy Stars, Fizzie Bangers,
Deluxe, Manic Five O
Influences -- David Bowie, Sly & the Family Stone
-- AMP-2 Marshall 1 Fender Hotrod, Guitars-2 Stats 1 Les Paul '63
Spkl P, bass '65 Fender Acoustic
Favorite PLB songs to play [live] -- How low can you go, Access Denied,
Favorite movies -- Blade Runner, Shall We Dance
Favorite car -- Toyota Corolla
& 63 Mercury
Favorite foods -- Thai, Sushi, Chijimi, K.B.B.Q.
Favorite drinks --
Strawberry Peach Margarita
Ambitions -- Tour the world many times, Making beautiful music, To let everybody
the world to have a chance to see us play
Marital status -- Married (damnit!!)
-- LA. Cal.
Recreation -- Walking His dogs and playing gigs
How he describes himself (with
with three words) -- 'Sweet, Salty, & Spicy'
Turn-on's -- Having a great show, Talking to fans, Jacuzzi's,
Turn-off's -- Gossip, Two faced people & Bad breath
Comment to fans -- "Don't
ever leave me!"