Aux Sable Records Showcase 1 / Various
Handsomely Dishonest Handsomely Dishonest is the new project of former Eight Hour Company singer Kevin Lange. With the help of good friend Drew Ryan, Lange breaks free from his punk rock roots in this pop-influenced indie rock band. Influenced by a wide range of musicians (The Good Life, Death Cab for Cutie, Brand New, The Avett Brothers, The Get Up Kids, Straylight Run, amongst others...), Handsomely Dishonest merges mellow and acoustic with powerful and epic. Each song becomes a new story narrated by heartfelt lyrics and illustrated by an even mix of heavy rhythm and delicate leads, depending on what the story calls for. Sprinkle in some piano and back it up with some synth string sections, and you've got the makings of an incredible band. The beginnings of this group can be traced to Ryan's basement apartment in 2007. Lange and Ryan began playing their acoustic guitars and coming up with chord structures, vocal melodies, and song ideas with a cassette recorder archiving everything. After struggling to find a decent band name, Ryan came up with Handsomely Dishonest. 'I was at work and thinking about the saying 'handsomely rich'. 'Oh, that man is handsomely rich. Every girl wants to marry a handsomely rich man.' And I began imagining that most who were that rich, did it by climbing on the backs of others through underhanded and dishonest practices. In my mind those people were handsomely dishonest. I brought the idea up to Kevin, he liked it, I liked it, and the name stuck.' says Ryan. Spare time became a limited commodity for the duo and soon the tapes began collecting dust on a shelf in Lange's studio. In the fall of 2008, Lange pulled the tapes down and began listening again, pulling pieces here and there and putting them together in a definite structure. 'It was like putting together the pieces of a puzzle. I knew there was great music there, it just needed to be put together.' adds Lange. 'Even though we've gotten an EP finished and recorded, there's probably ideas for 25 different songs on those tapes. It's a well of ideas that we can turn to any time we hit a writer's block.' The Handsomely Dishonest EP was released on the Aux Sable Records Showcase Vol 1 CD on August 4, 2009. Old friends Ben Young and Bob Lynch have teamed up with Ryan and Lange for live shows to bring the project on the road. With this line up, the group began touring the Midwest fall of 2009. The band plans to continue writing and recording aiming to have a full length release sometime spring 2010. ------------------- Emma Tringali & the Walk-Ins Emma Tringali & the Walk-Ins grew from the foothills of Brewster, NY in early 2008 by Kevin Thomas and Emma Tringali, but they have gathered a family of musicians along the way through various performances in the New York City area in places like The Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery, and Kenny's Castaways. The sound is like taking off your socks at the end of the day, or having a laugh from the belly- it is truth in it's simplest form. The aim of this group's formation is to project understanding, both introverted and extroverted inspiration and most importantly, musical healing for when things go wrong. The inspiration for this music doesn't stray much further from that. Warm vibrations, everyday magic, and pure happenstance fuel this fire. Through an uncanny mix of sound, it is possible to create a world as far away or as close to home as you prefer. Have a listen. Emma Tringali and the Walk-Ins will be releasing their debut full length album on Aux Sable Records winter of 2009\10. ------------------- Inner-Office Mail (formerly Champion of the Sun) Hailing from the North Side of Chicago, Inner-Office Mail brings a unique sound and explosive energy to the stage. Founders Dave Stinnette and Kevin Lange began work on the project in late 2008. Having played for many years, Stinnette manipulates the bass sound into a vast range; from a ghostly wind to a lead guitar to a digital synth, his meticulously crafted settings and effects throw out any notion of the bass guitar being a boring, two dimensional instrument. Lange began tinkering with different vocal effects and distortions, things he never got the chance (or even thought) to do in his other musical pursuits. With the dilemma of being short a drummer, Lange hopped on the drums as well, just to get through practices, but soon simultaneous singing and drumming became second nature. Being comprised of only a rhythm section, Inner-Office Mail had an unparalleled backbeat that would make even the tragically un-hip start tapping their foot. Mix that beat with poppy vocal hooks that you won't be able to get out of your head for days and you get a band unlike anything you've heard before. The two piece band took the Chicago scene by storm, but before long it was mutually agreed that another element was needed. In the summer of 2009, Steve Elmore joined the duo to play lead synthesizers. This brought an entire new world of ideas and structure to the band that was not possible before. 'Working and beginning recordings with Steve really adds so much to this project. I think he's our ace in the hole to make sure that our music never gets stale or boring,' says Lange. Locked in the studio for the remainder of the summer, Inner-Office Mail will begin touring spring of 2010 with the release of new songs. Be sure to check them out. ***As of August 10th 2009 'Champion of the Sun' has been renamed 'Inner-Office Mail.' We recently discovered that the name 'Champion of the Sun' was already taken by another band so we thought it in our best interest to bring you the same heart-pounding music under a new name. So, with-out further adieu...please welcome 'Inner-Office Mail' to the Aux Sable Records Family.*** ------------------- Victorian Halls The Chicago four-piece have an uncanny knack for constructing gleaming, crystalline, compact pop gems ... and then going after them with an axe like Jack Nicholson. They build the museum-worthy sculpture, and then dash it to the ground, manically laughing their heads off the whole time. It's the musical equivalent of a Pollock painting - a vibrant, technicolor, utterly uninhibited work devised by either a genius or a madman. It's hard to discern which, and it doesn't much matter anyway. The poet laureates of Chicago's skid row, VICTORIAN HALLS are the rare type of band that exist in the little space where art and punk meet - the type of band that can blend unadulterated pop songwriting with wailing Banshee-like vocals to create a strangely magical, vaudevillian wonder like their new seven song EP, Springteen. 'We write pop songs,' singer/guitarist Sean Lenart plainly states, 'but they're really noisy and lyrically overt, and kind of jarring. It's not simply generalized feelings over familiar chord progressions... Basically, your mother wouldn't like this band.' Then again, nobody's mother liked THE BEATLES when they first landed either. The result speaks for itself. In the Spin Magazine-sponsored Music Nation contest, the band made quite the impression, finishing second out of thousands of entries, and in doing so garnered praise from some big names - Perry Farrell of JANE'S ADDICTION called VICTORIAN HALLS' music a 'high-strung theatrical sound ... punchy and tight, the sound of Saturday night.' CURSIVE'S Tim Kasher praised the band's 'theatrical style,' while Spin editor Doug Brod noted a 'twisted carnivalesque quality.' The band also nabbed second prize on MTV2's 'On The Rise' contest, despite receiving over 126,000 votes - both amazing accomplishments for a band that makes TRL-worthy songs and then burns them to the ground. In a city that spawned FALL OUT BOY, THE PLAIN WHITE T'S, and THE ACADEMY IS..., VICTORIAN HALLS have learned that making art for art's sake doesn't always earn you a date with Ashlee Simpson, but does get you a boatload of critical acclaim and a rabid fan base that sticks by you for all the right reasons. And frankly, when you're in a band that sounds way more like THE BLOOD BROTHERS than THE JONAS BROTHERS, you define success in entirely different terms. Terms like, in Lenart's words, 'Being able to piss people of by not wearing eye liner, playing a packed venue and being the only unsigned band there and then having people lining up to take pictures and sign autographs, convincing people that if white pants worked in 'A Clockwork Orange,' they can work for anyone ...' Appropriately enough, 'A Clockwork Orange' may just be the best metaphor for VICTORIAN HALLS - a bunch of musical droogs wandering the streets of America, committing acts of musical ultraviolence for their own pleasure (not to mention the pleasure of their ever-increasing fanbase). Of course, sometimes the ultraviolence takes on a more literal definition. As was the case with 'Clockwork's' infamous 'aversion technique,' it's damn near impossible to take your eyes of VICTORIAN HALLS for one second. Nor would you want to, because if they don't bludgeon you, their music surely will.