Monday, August 29, 2011

Vintage Trouble : Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Soul!

After touring in the UK for the summer, the boys returned to their Westside home (aka Harvelle's) after playing 80 shows in 100 days! This baptism by fire has created a huge buzz - not just hype - as the music fans in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France and England have seen the future and it's name is Vintage Trouble.

The guys in the band - Ty, Nalle, Rick and Richard - made friends coast-to-coast - playing everywhere that had electricity - from tiny pubs to stadiums (in Germany to 70,000 people) - released their first album in the UK to incredible sales figures, recorded at Abbey Road studios, did a few BBC sessions, and kicked the whole thing off with an appearance on the TV show Later With Jools Holland.

An unprecedented line all the way down 4th St. to Broadway in Santa Monica indicated something special was happening this Friday night. Sure enough, the marquee said Vintage Trouble, but if you were inside, you might have thought a much more established group was playing. Even with the A/C cranked, it was like a sauna, and rabid fans from all over L.A. waited patiently to celebrate the triumph of these local heroes - who have only been together a little over a year. This - their only show in town - was as much of a bon voyage as a home coming, as the boys will be returning to parts other than North America post haste, in their continued quest to spread the word that Vintage Trouble has arrived!!