Tuneage Tutelage - New Music Monday....

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, June 29, 2009

Welcome to another addition of Tuneage Tutelage - New Music Monday.

We were doing some cleaning here at the apartment this weekend and I finally got my CDs in some sort of order and realized I have not distributed any of the new music in a few weeks. This week, I will go back through the posts and select someone for each of the artists we have featured over the last month or so.

This week we travel to my hometown of New York City and the band Telling On Trixie. Their new album is entitled UGLY BROKE & SOBER, was released earlier this year.

From their bio we learn:
If one word could sum up Telling on Trixie, it would be “unstoppable”. The New York rock quintet doesn’t take no for an answer, and the result has been increasing exposure on radio, TV and an unshakable relationship with a growing fanbase that supports the band beyond measure – funding their recording, providing input, support and more.

For New York City-based rock band TELLING ON TRIXIE, their performance for a second year at New York University's "Relay For Life, benefiting The American Cancer Society means the chance to continue a very personal fight. This year's relay took place on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Jerome S. Coles Sports & Recreation Center on NYU's Greenwich Village campus, "Relay For Life" raises money for funding cancer research, early detection, and prevention. "Every member of [Telling on Trixie] has lost an immediate family member to cancer," says lead vocalist Derek Nicoletto. "Last year, when one of our mom's cancer came back, we got fed up and decided to see what we could do as musicians to fight this disease."

Telling on Trixie reached out directly to The American Cancer Society (ACS) for guidance. "I called ACS here in New York and almost immediately Megan Guerriero [Director, Income Development] called me back," recalls Derek. "She invited us to their offices and gave us a tour of the new housing development for visiting patients, as an example of the amazing projects our efforts would support." Moved by the uphill funding battle that the ACS faces, the band agreed to perform at NYU's "Relay For Life" in 2008. "We formed a team, hosted a fundraising event and raised over $1,000," he continues. "Cancer never sleeps, and neither did we or the 1,700 NYU student participants. Performing in such an sincere, emotionally-charged atmosphere marked profound moment in our career. We knew we'd found our charitable partnership, and next time, we'd return with a song about togetherness and survival, especially tailored for the Relay's Luminaria March."

Telling on Trixie independently recently released their second album Ugly, Broke & Sober. It was produced by guitarist Tommy Kessler, except for three tracks ("Shooting in 60," "Crash Me Up," "The Deepest Dive") by platinum-selling producer Jamie Siegel (Lauren Hill, Taking Back Sunday, Joss Stone).

The band is made up of Derek Nicoletto – vocals; Brad Small – guitar; Tommy Kessler – lead guitar; Tom Welsch – bass and Andrew Frawley – drums. this quintet knows how to rock. They have found a groove that caught my ear immediately. Nicoletto has a strong voice and he leads the rest of the band in some tasty harmonies through out the album.

Welsch and Frawley lay down a solid base for Small and Kessler to expand upon taking turns with running lead or hitting the runs together.

The band is serious with their support of The ACS, as they donated $1.00 for every download during the month of April, of their song "Deepest Dive", a song dedicated to the loved ones the band members have lost. "In this song, we vow to our loved ones that we will survive any struggle together," explains Derek. "As the chorus promises, 'If you stay, I stay. We will survive, together, the deepest dive'."

The band was able to donate $350.00 from the downloads. And in addition, received this letter from the Director of the American Cancer Society - Manhattan. The band gets points just for their work with the ACS, but even without it they go into my rotation.

Here is their listing of upcoming dates:
Sep 4 - 5 p.m. Jackson, NJ Six Flags Great Adventure: Live & Local

Sep 18 - 10:45 p.m. Jackson, NJ Six Flags Great Adventure w/ Ultra Nate

Sep 25 - TBA Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Festival

Their website can be found HERE, their myspace is HERE and thier facebook is HERE.

YOu can also check out their videos HERE and they even have a blogspot blog HERE.

We sent a list of questions to the band, and vocalist Derek Nicoletto responded...

What are your main musical influences?
My all time favorites are Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran and U2.

What's your favorite iPod track this week?
Amanda Palmer's "Leeds United." I'm also reviewing the remixes of our upcoming maxi-single of "Shooting in 60."

What was the first album you ever bought?
I think it was "Rio" but I'm not sure. I don't know what I bought exactly, because my parents had tons of music around. They always sort of beat me to it. I think I veered away from them in my Prince phase.

Are you working on any music right now?
We just released, "Ugly, Broke & Sober," but the answer is yes. We are always working on new music. Always.

Do you support any specific charities and how do you give back as an artist?
Our band supports the American Cancer Society. Our song, "The Deepest Dive" was a Luminaria song for the NYU Relay for Life this year, where we performed for the second year in a row.

Do you like to cook?
No, I absolutely do not cook. I hate it. I don't think Brad cooks either. Tommy seems to either be cooking really healthy food or ordering pizza. There doesn't seem to be much in between with him.

We give you two from UGLY, BROKE & SOBER - "Shooting IN 60" and "The Deepest Dive".

Remember to please vote, it takes a second and it gives the bands a feel for your opinions.

The CD will be available also. Let me know in comments.

12 Of Your Sparks

  1. Matt-Man Says:
  2. Eh...I do like the title though. I can relate. Well, except for the Sober part. Cheers!!

  3. DrillerAA09 Says:
  4. In a music landscape littered with the likes of Lady Ga Ga, Akon, and others, Telling On Trixie may be too good to be commercially successful. The arrangements are tight, the vocals and instruments compliment one another, and the whole thing comes together very nicely.

  5. The band is excellent. Survive your Monday!

  6. Jay Says:
  7. Hey those guys aren't too bad at all. Maybe not the greatest ever, but I wouldn't turn them off if their song came up on the radio.

    And I resemble 2/3 of the title of their CD. haha ;-)

  8. JohnH985 Says:
  9. They're ok, but I don't get real excited about them. I think they are talented, the two songs just don't grab me that hard.

  10. Tiggerlane Says:
  11. They had me at "Prince phase..."

    Sorry I haven't been by in a while - good to see you!

  12. Ralph Says:
  13. Very nice choice of Tutelage this week. I am transported to the mid-1970s here, the rock portion full of guitar and the ballads smooth and sounding much of acoustics. Both are quite polished on the music and lyrics, this is not over-produced but wonderfully performed!

  14. Tug Says:
  15. I really like them - the first song especially I got into, and could see the second one becoming a fave when listening in another mood. ;-)

  16. Travis Says:
  17. I like them. That first tune would fit right in with a Journey/Foreigner/Loverboy mix.

    And any band with ACS as its charity of choice is ok with me.

  18. Not able to give a listen, but I'll be back.

  19. I concur with Trav on the first song. It's very reminiscent of said bands.

    Not really feeling it on the second song.

    Refreshing to hear a ROCK band; I'm sick of this pop crap.

  20. Dana Says:
  21. UGLY, BROKE & SOBER ... I *heart* the name! "Shooting IN 60" gave me some flashbacks to 80's rock bands. I did my damnedest to forget the 80's, but I really enjoyed "The Deepest Dive." I'd need to hear more.


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