1st Review of live performance by Ronnie Namour - Island Moon Newspaper, Corpus Christi, Texas: Transistordale (San Antonio/Sisterdale, TX) played Neptune's Lounge in Port A on July 23rd. This was only the fifth gig that this band has ever played together. They are the off shoot of a very popular San Antonio funk band called Dog Men Poets. The Poets actually won 'Best Band' in the San Antonio Current's reader's poll for multiple years and opened for such acts as the Black Eyed Peas, The Pussycat Dolls and The Fallout Boys. They broke up when the band's front man, Michael Brouillet, relocated to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. Enter Transistordale. This three piece ensemble consists of Greg 'Smiles' Layne on guitar and lead vocals, B.J. Schuler on drums and vocals and Spence ?? on bass and vocals. Layne was recipient of the 'Best Musician' accolade in the Current's 2008-2009 reader's poll. Their name, Transistordale, is a play on words that involves the bass player's hometown and the drummer's fetish for radio towers. I was very impressed with Transistordale. They are truly original and have a very unique, sexy sound that combines a blend of outlaw country with undercurrents of alt-rock, reggae, Latin and blues. It's sort of like Chris Issac meets Cross Canadian at Robert Cray's house. They have a tight three-part harmony with moody layers that pull you in as they jump around genres. Their beat is infectious. Also, their lyrics on such songs as Games People Play, Man In My Dumpster, Bustin' Out, Reynosa and Fat Girl (Swimming in the Water) are witty and hilarious. I think these guys are really on to something big. Layne puts it like this, 'We're trying to present Country and Blues in a 'primal' manner, which we hope will entice our listeners to gyrate uncontrollably and seek romantic gratification'.