As apparent as its imperfections are, Faster Pussycat eloquently captures the essence of the Sunset Strip as it was at the time: sleaze, debauchery, and excess.
Von Johnson’s ascent to prominence began in 2010 when he joined the storied Los Angeles hard rock act Faster Pussycat, playing alongside iconic and charismatic frontman Taime Downe for the next decade. Von Johnson subsequently joined L.A. Guns in 2018, where he continues to showcase his captivating stage presence and serve as the quintessential complement to revered six-stringer Tracii Guns.
Koltun’s fierce fretwork and grizzled, throwback vibe have proved a perfect fit for an invigorated Faster Pussycat. In addition to those duties, the Les Paul wielding demon troubadour also ably holds down ax duties for new wave of classic rock icon, Dorothy Martin.
In the minds of many, the 1980s will forever be remembered as a decade characterized by innovation, overindulgence, and transcendent music. While some of the Sunset Strip faithful have since moved on from the days of big hair and excess, preserving the essence of their decade, the 80s hard rock genre has enjoyed a staying power unique to its era.