Rock N Roll Band
With Cleveland being dubbed the rock 'n' roll capital of the world, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum often spawns musical acts with a diverse rock pedigree. Dan Miraldi is one of those artists-with influences that began with The Beatles and Elvis Presley; graduated to Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Ramones; and then dabbed a musical paint brush into the sounds of The Format, Green Day and The White Stripes. That blend of classic and current has shaped Miraldi's sound into a simple yet positively commanding sound-and he's back with a new EP, aptly titled Rock N Roll Band (due September 6). "I am very excited about this new album," said Miraldi. "It's probably the most straight-up rock and roll thing I've done. You'll hear elements of soul blended with White Stripes-style garage rock, and bits of punk sandwiched with Brian Wilson-influenced harmonies and Beatles-like pop. It's a very joyful and fun record, with love songs, lust songs and bar fight songs." Upon graduating from the College of Wooster in 2009, Miraldi began working with award-winning producer, Jim McKell. The result was Dan's highly-praised solo debut, Thirsty. In 2010, he put together his live backing band, the Albino Winos, made up of long-time friend and drummer, Sarah Luffred, guitarist Alex Bowers, and bassist Joe LaGuardia. Dan and the Albino Winos soon began promoting Thirsty with their high-energy rock show. In the summer of 2010, Dan released his three-song EP, Tease. The songs "Tease" and "Lucinda" garnered radio play in stations from Boston to Cleveland, while "The Holy Roller Stone Revival" became a finalist for the best rock song in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. In the spring of 2011, Dan again teamed up with Jim McKell to record Rock N Roll Band, cut in Atlanta with the help of his entire touring band. "This EP combines the best aspects of my earlier releases, Thirsty and Tease," said Miraldi. "It has the warmth and joy of Thirsty with the energy and sass of Tease. "I think recording the tracks live gave them a genuine dirty rock and roll energy. Of course, Jim McKell is a pro and is always pushing and challenging me to be the best I can be. And I think everyone involved had a blast making this record, and I think you can hear it in the music." In addition to his solo work, Dan was a founding member of the Washington, DC- based band The Silver Liners, dividing his time between Cleveland and DC. Dan played multiple instruments for the band and co-wrote some of the music, and appears on their first two EPs. In June 2011, he stepped down from the Silver Liners to fully focus his energy on promoting his solo work. Constantly writing and integrating new material into his performances, Dan looks forward to the release of Rock N Roll Band, and his upcoming tour dates.