'Tones Release "Memoirs"

Saturday at Stanley's Pub, local foursome The Vinyltones celebrate the release of their debut, Memoirs of a Songbook. The Roscoe Justice Band opens the show. Memoirs was recently released by the ne

May 18, 2005 at 2:06 pm

Saturday at Stanley's Pub, local foursome The Vinyltones celebrate the release of their debut, Memoirs of a Songbook. The Roscoe Justice Band opens the show.

Memoirs was recently released by the new label, Tru Artists Entertainment, founded by successful locally-based producer Matt "Emosia" Senatore, who has worked with acts like Blessid Union of Souls and PM Dawn. Senatore also served as Memoirs' producer, giving the band's precise and mature Pop/Rock songs a crisp sound suitable for a major label release. Memoirs is a revelation, showing the 'Tones to be one of the most talented new bands in the city. The album moves from more bouncy Power Pop fare to balls-out melodic Rock, with some amazing mid-tempo and ballad-like numbers tossed in for a well roundedness that makes the band sound like they've been together for a decade. Highlights include "Motorcycle," which is better than anything being played on Modern Rock radio right now, and "Leaving Northport," a piano-guided slow jam that is loaded with strings and lilting melodies that are harder to shake than Bob Dole's right hand. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Craig Dockery's vocals are the album's glue, giving the tracks a warm and inviting vibe that lures the listener in, only to be handcuffed to the sink by the barrage of heavyweight hooks. Fans of artists from Ben Folds to Pete Yorn to Snow Patrol will find Memoirs on par with those artists' best work, brimming with a writing and performance sophistication that makes the Vinyltones seem more than ready to move on to the next level. One of the best locally-spawned albums of the year, unquestionably.


Rumors, Lies and General Misunderstandings
· Local Jam band Grand Oversoul are taking a unique approach to recording their upcoming album. The band took over Oakley's 20th Century Theater on May 15 for a four-day session with Jim Andrews (Ray's Music Exchange) and John Gentry Jr. (Naked Redheads) co-producing. Thursday, the band opens their "studio" up to fans for an 8:30 p.m. concert. The performance will be recorded for a possible EP prior to the full-length. No release date has been set, but the band hopes to have the CD out by the end of the summer. (grandoversoul.com)

· The "Zippo Hot Tour" has added a Cincinnati round to its band competition this year. The winners receive around $100,000 in music equipment and other schwag, a showcase for Capitol Records and a slot on the Zippo tour, which will feature a national headliner. Fans are encouraged to vote for their local favorites at zippohottour.com. Bands that made it to the current contest round include Ashley Peacock's The Times, The Stunned, The Gregory Morris Group, Strip the Image, Medic, In-Rage, Junior Revolution, Fizzgig and 2 Days Away.

· Death In Graceland have returned from a few weeks of touring and on Saturday at Downtown's Crush, they're ready to show you what they have learned. The band recently welcomed new guitarist Tim Elsey (formerly of Junior Revolution) into the fold and plan to begin work on a new album in July. (deathingraceland.com)

· Area label Alpha Dawg Recording Co. presents "We Salute You," a concert/celebration Saturday at C.C.'s Showcase to honor military soldiers, past and present, and to raise funds and awareness for the Red Cross' "Treasures for Troops" program, which sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas. The show features music from Uncle Daddy and the Family Secret, Johnny B and the Gravediggers and The JW Laswell Trio. (alphadawgrecords.com)

· Musician/songwriter Zachary J. Mechlem (Mack West, Mohenjo Daro) releases his latest album, Sameera: Modern Music for Belly Dance, on Saturday at a CD release/listening party at The Center For World Rhythms & Movement in Saint Bernard starting at 7 p.m. Mechlem recorded most all of the sounds on the album (save flute by Mohenjo Daro's Johnny Ruzsa), which, as the title suggests, is original belly dance music, influenced by the musics of Northern Africa and the Middle East. To sample a few tracks, check Mechlem's "My Space" page at myspace.com/zjm.

· Len's Lounge, Shawna Snyder, The Comet Bluegrass Allstars and The Hiders plays this month's "Rivertown Music Club" (hosted by Kelly Thomas and The Pick-Ups), Saturday at the York Street Café in Newport. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. and your cover charge benefits the Save the Animals Foundations' No Kill Animal Shelter.