Rue de Blackwell
New York City band PRANKSTAR combines pop, funk & electric blues to create an ever-evolving brand of modern rock. The new release, RUE DE BLACKWELL, takes you on a tour of the band's influences. From the twang of steel guitar on the country pop 'Drinking Song' to the digitally scrambled vocals in the middle of the rocker 'Buckhunter', the album sees the band finding new sounds in the mashup between Oklahoma blues and urban rock and roll. The sound of the band has at it's base a sometimes contentious mix of vocalist/bassist Michael Tuminello's funk and pop influences and the BBQ blues guitar sounds of Adam Headrick and Jason Presley. The resulting music channels the pulse and grit of New York City alongside the greasy spoon good times of a southern-fried honky-tonk. After releasing their 2004 debut album, 'One', the group underwent a series of changes. Guitarist Adam Headrick left for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2005, and the remaining members, expecting Adam's return, chose to fill the gap in the band's sound with the addition of John McCann on keyboards. McCann's jazz-inspired sense of harmony and synth programming wizardry added a new layer to the band's sound. As the new lineup began to gel, original drummer David French left for Los Angeles, and was replaced by Spiro Edgos in 2005. Edgos proved a versatile and energetic addition to the band, and in late 2005, Headrick returned from Iraq. With all the right pieces in place, the band returned to the studio for their sophomore effort, Rue de Blackwell. The album was recorded at Axis Sound in New York City with Steve Rossiter as engineer. 'RdB' comes much closer to the group's live performance, and the rocking riffs and solos, synth and electric guitar tweakery, and soul-inflected vocals add up to an agitated balance between vintage and modern sounds. The album's guitar and piano rhythms are counterbalanced by a thread of mysterious and indecipherable sounds that add depth and curiosity to the tracks. The leaner, harder sound Prankstar has found on Rue de Blackwell has invited comparisons to the Black Keys, White Stripes, and Kings of Leon. Having demonstrated a sizable leap in both content and cohesion between their first two albums, Prankstar seems primed to hit it's stride in 2008 with hard-hitting, no b.s. live shows and an ever-increasing prowess in the studio. PRANKSTAR is Spiro Edgos - Drums & Percussion Adam Headrick - Guitar Danger McCann - Keys Jason Presley - Guitar Michael Tuminello - Lead Vocals and Bass.