StoneBaby with The Peace Creeps and John & Brittany!
Staking their claim as modern-day pulp rock minimalists, StoneBaby's Scott Philipp (guitars/vocals) and Tony Schiavo (drums) have collaborated on a shimmering new 7-song EP, Illuminated. Following 2007's Delusions of Grandeur and Philipp's Just Another Day (2008), the new independent release finds the band stripping away the layers to get to the essence of their songs. "We consciously tried to simplify things, to get to the heart of the songs, to be as straightforward as possible," says Philipp. "We didn't want to overdo it we kept it true to what we do live. This is StoneBaby, plain and simple."
Drawing on their 25-year history as band mates and collaborators, Philipp and Schiavo's songs point to the pop clarity of The Outfield, the driving energy of The Smithereens, and the quirky song sense of Colin Hay (Men at Work). The duo also draws from the enthusiasm and drive of their newest member, guitarist Bobby Leonhardt, who brings a renewed energy to the band's recorded and live performances. Jason Shainline (bass) rounds out the power-pop foursome, who have been diligently touring the eastern corridor from New York to Baltimore, playing live gigs and doing promotional appearances, including RTN's variety talk show, "On The Couch."
With it's roots in Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley, StoneBaby's sound owes a debt to superstar acts that grew from the same scene, including Hall and Oates, Bon Jovi, Todd Rundgren, and The Hooters. Philipp even studied guitar with John Lilley (The Hooters) and lists Philly's Tom Gillam and Craig Simon among his influences and mentors.
Illuminated is a tight group of original compositions, led by the featured single, "Good Times." The track, like the others on the EP, showcases Philipp's strong, dynamic vocals, and blends a classic rock base with an equal dose of melancholy and optimism. Also included on the EP is a bonus seventh track, a cover of Journey's down-tempo hit "Send Her My Love" from the Frontiers album. StoneBaby used this song as a chance to embellish the quartet, enlisting the saxophone playing of Jay Davidson (Whitney Houston, Cinderella, Billy Preston, Amos Lee) to complement Philipp and company's take on Journey's unmistakable sound.
John and Brittany:
John & Brittany are a songwriting duo hailing from Philadelphia, PA, comprised of guitarists John Faye and Brittany Rotondo. Faye, the frontman of IKE, one of the city's best-known rock bands, met Rotondo in late December of 2008. The two struck up an immediate musical kinship, with a mutual love of the Beatles and the Ramones, and within a couple months the pair were writing songs together, one of which ("Last Act") would end up on IKE's 2010 release Tie The Knot With All That You Got. Never having performed live or seriously played an instrument before, Rotondo received her first guitar in June of 2009 and by December was performing "Last Act" onstage with IKE at their sold out album release show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
The Peace Creeps:
The Peace Creeps are a Philly-based psychedelic rock outfit. Frontman Richard Bush was originally the leader of local icons The A's, but after some label issues, Bush formed a new band with guitarist John Marchiano, drummer Jeff Pancoast and bass guitarist Roy Fisher. Their 2006 debut, Autumn of Love, brought together a number of local musicians for a nostalgic and colorful journey.
Almost five years later, The Peace Creeps are back with their second offering. On Time Machine, the band continues to worship '60s rock. One can easily hear the British Invasion, along with more modern-day references like Dr. Dog and Wilco.
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