Originally formed in 1932, it is a little known fact that AMERIKAN MADE was actually the first punk band EVER. Founding members Don Kiebals and Hugh Jass were performing what would end up being a historical gig in Washington D.C. when they decided to buy all 400 bar patrons a drink. Subsequently, several of the show attendees had already had far too much to drink and the purchase sent the show into a frenzy. After a group of intoxicated show goers fell into another group a pushing match ensued on a beer soaked floor and thus the first "mosh pit" was born. While the "Show Heard Around the World" still today lives in infamy, it inevitably led to the banning of Amerikan Made across the entire United States for the next 60 years. In 1992, while recovering in hospital beds at the ages of 82 and 84 after reportedly listening to a Hootie and the Blowfish song on accident while surfing radio station channels, Don Kiebals and Hugh Jass were about to check out from this "cold, cold world" when they heard the miracle that was Josh Neel and Ryan Cherney jamming in a garage next door to the hospital. As it seemed that the legacy of Amerikan Made would end at Huntington Beach Hospital, the rock veterans summoned the two youngsters to their room and over the next 24 hours explained to them the history of punk rock, and what they were destined to do. After a smart remark from then a teenage Ryan, Hugh Jass kicked Ryan in the groin so hard that he was transferred to a different section of the hospital where he remained for 3 weeks. Over the course of those weeks, Josh learned the ways of the Made, but alas, both Mr. Kiebals and Mr. Jass passed away before Ryan would ever see them again, something Ryan regrets to this day.
After shredding in the garage from 1992 until 1995, Josh said to Ryan, "Dude, we shred but it seems like something is still missing..." After another 6 months of brain storming, they figured out that they would probably benefit by getting a drummer. In 1995, Ryan's friend Ray Bones of Bones Brigade skateboarding invited him to come to a band practice of the X-Members, the band he was playing for at the time. After the practice, then guitar player Roger Ramjet suggested his younger brother Jason to be the drummer for "The Chosen Band" (i.e. Amerikan Made). For 3 years Jason Seamans played drums for Amerikan Made at such venues as the Showcase Theatre, Chain Reaction, Malone's, Jerry's Pizza, and the Doll Hut with such acts as No Use for A Name, Final Conflict, Youth Brigade, and Litmus Green. But as chance would have it, Jason ultimately found God... and he found him at a dirt bike track, so the only sensible thing to do would be ride dirt bikes, which he continues to do till this day, but not before Amerikan Made could put out their first album in 65 years, "The Real Difference Is The Price."
In 1998, Mike Phipps was starving. After Josh saw Mike holding a sign at a freeway off-ramp that said, "Will Play A Gallop Kick Beat For Food," Josh knew he had found the right guy. Josh immediately "paged" Ryan, who after 15 minutes returned his call to the pay phone Josh was waiting beside. "I've been standing outside Golden West College pan handling for drummers all day with no luck," Ryan said before hearing the good news. And thus, the next chapter of Amerikan Made was born. In 1998, the next album was released entitled, "There's No Such Thing As Santa," which put much heavier emphasis on ruining Christmas for children then anything musical. It was quickly forgotten by fans, but long remembered by critics. A year later, Ray Bones joined the band for 6 months. It was a fun and amazing time, but the band later learned it was only part of Ray's goal to set a Guinness Record of being in the most bands of any punk rocker ever, which he would later accomplish with the astonishing number of 247 bands. A week later the band was jamming and Josh stated that he felt like something was missing. Ryan replied, "Yeah, Ray." Josh then suggested that although many years were spend as a 3 piece band, the thickness of having Ray was nice and maybe adding another 2nd guitar player should be considered. Ryan agreed, and brought some big dude named Billy Fikse to the next band practice. They weren't really sure if he was a good fit, but after Billy threatened to beat everyone up, the band agreed that he was a good fit. The band started rocking beyond belief at this point. They put out a 3 song E.P. shortly after September 11, 2001 in memory of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks. Also that year, Billy and Ryan created a word, "Hehbah" that was submitted and successfully excepted to Websters Dictionary and is now and official part of the English language as a synonym for the word, "Dude." Unfortunately, Pax Amerikana Made would not last, as Mike Phipps's weight would spike from 89 pounds to 470 in 6 weeks. His morbid obesity left him no choice but to leave the band in pursuit of not eating so much and once again the band was in the market for a drummer.
In 2001, the remaining Amerikan Made members searched endlessly for a drummer. First, Josh tried to bribe Dave Grohl to join the band, but Dave did not need the 47 dollars and 56 cents that was offered. Next, Ryan tried to blackmail Meg White from the White Stripes, but she consequently kicked him in the groin and he was hospitalized for 3 weeks. The last resort was violence. Billy beat Phil De Freese for 3 hours about the head and shoulders until he finally agreed to join the band, but as learned at the first band practice, Phil De Freese was not a drummer and in fact, had never played anything other then D&D. The band was lost. Time passed and it was acknowledged among the band that every passing minute was potential shredding time gone to waste. Finally, Ryan came up with the idea to attempt to cast a Wiccan drummer spell while Josh looked for drummers using a Ouija Board. After a large explosion, the group noticed smoke coming from the closet. What they found next would change history. As they opened the closet door, they found a naked Hessian laying in the closet in the fetal position. Josh, in an astonished panic offered the being a hemp stem to cover himself up, but after noticing the evil look given back, Ryan found a Slayer shirt, a pair of fitted jeans, and some combat boots and handed them to the hellion. No words were spoken, but it was understood. A new age had come.
From 2001 to present, the "demon from hell" who prefers to go by the name "Pat Magrath" for PR purposes has drummed for Amerikan Made. After Billy set off on a spiritual journey in 2002 in an attempt to beat up at least 1 person in all of the 196 world countries, and the 274 non-recognized tribes, Nick Name replaced him as the newest member of Amerikan Made on 2nd guitar. The timing could not have been better as Nick was laid off that very day from his job as the live door model for Abercrombie & Fitch. The band thought long and hard to come up with a stage name that could be used in place of such a terrible name as "Nick", but in the end they became worn out with thinking and decided just to go with Nick Name's God given moniker. Since that time the band has played shows all over the western United States with such acts as The Misfits, DOA, The Circle Jerks, D.I., The Exploited, and many others. They put out a Self-Titled album in 2004, and another in 2007 entitled "Decade of Regression," both albums they are proud of and responsible for their modern success. They have also learned that when founding members Don Kiebals and Hugh Jass affirmed that they were "The Chosen Band", what they meant was, "Chosen to have moderate success in a dying scene on the local circuit." But it matters not to Amerikan Made, for they will keep on truckin. To describe Amerikan Made best would be to refer to the description given by UrbanDictionary.com, which states:
Amerikan Made: A southern California punk band that not only rocks, but doesn't care a thing about shit, including you're stupid face.
Used In a Sentence: "Those Amerikan Made guys rocked the house and then they beat my ass."