This book contains a keenly observed, pointed and laugh-out-loud funny story of small town alienation and self-affirmation through rock. In a small town in the mid-west five eccentric misfits find each other and form a rock band to rail against the endless homogeneity and conformity of day-to-day life. As their first gig approaches, no one is prepared for the impact it will have on their lives, their community and their future. Luster (lead singer and song writer) is the middle child of thirteen gun-toting, crack-dealing brothers, all called Jerome.He speaks like a dictionary, wears dress shoes at all times and likes nothing better than to confront the "humanoids" whose predictable behaviour incenses him. Eight-year-old borderline sociopath Ember (bass guitar) is impossibly cute but wants to destroy the world and everyone it, while her eighty-year-old babysitter Opal (lead guitar) is a party mad nymphomaniac who refuses to age gracefully and is running scared of her nieces' desire to put her in a nursing home. Effete Iraqi Ray (keyboards) loves his adoptive homeland of America and has come there on a mission -- to find and apologise to the soldier he shot in the first Gulf War.
Last but not least is gorgeous, Satan-worshipping preacher's daughter and ex-stripper Aurora (drums), who hates the fact that her wheelchair doesn't stop men objectifying her.
Joey Goebel is a self-possessed, funny, astute and vastly entertaining storyteller, with a kick-ass quiff. He was born in 1980 and grew up in Henderson, Kentucky. He toured the US for a year as lead singer with "The Mullets", has written 5 screenplays and had his first novel published at the age of 23.