Vintage Trouble hopes to change lives with rockin' R&B sound
Feb 15, 2013 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
In supporting legendary rock band the Who on tour, soul-rock act Vintage Trouble has what must be one of the best gigs ever.
"It's basically everything anyone could imagine and comes with all the rock 'n' roll royalty you would expect," says Vintage Trouble lead singer Ty Taylor. "It's like going to school every day when we get to watch them."
Sandwiched in between the Who's concerts in Las Vegas; Denver; Long Island, N.Y.; Tulsa, Okla.; Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Ky.; and other cities is a special St. Louis headlining date for Vintage Trouble at the Demo (formerly the Foxhole) at the Atomic Cowboy.
Taylor says the Los Angeles-based Vintage Trouble had a good time when it visited St. Louis last year for two concerts at Lola.
"We love that place, and we felt a connection right away," he says. "There's good food, of course, lots of vinyl stores and a hat store."
The first time the band played, Taylor says, musician and Vintage Vinyl owner Tom "Papa" Ray introduced it as "the new protocol of soul."
"That's the line he gave us in our opening of every show now," Taylor says.
Vintage Trouble has another connection to the area: The band considers Ike and Tina Turner, who honed their act in the St. Louis area, its biggest musical influence. They credit the classic act with making R&B, blues and gospel music relatable.
The duo made music that made you want to dance, Taylor says. "But the lyrics were not frivolous. It was music with thought and direction, but it was also music like you're at a party."
"The music we choose to surround ourselves with -- the music we amplify -- is '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll and R&B and the fine line between them, as opposed to now," he says.
Vintage Trouble released its debut album, "The Bomb Shelter Sessions," in 2010, though it didn't see a U.S. release until last year when it was put out with bonus tracks. The album was recorded in just a few days and originally was intended as a demo.
"We had only been together for three months, and all of a sudden we had these four residencies in LA in different parts of town, and we needed something to sell at the gigs," says Taylor. "And three days is a long time for us to record 10 songs. How many takes do you need "
Though "The Bomb Shelter Sessions" has been out there marinating for a couple of years, Vintage Trouble isn't yet thinking about its follow-up.
"We've already recorded more than an album's worth of music for the next album, but this record is just catching on here," Taylor says. "It's just starting to really happen."
Taylor says his band's main goal is to matter to people.
"Communication with fans is very important," he says. "We get letters on how our music has changed their lives. That's affirmation that what we're doing is in the right direction. We don't care if we sell a million records."
What Vintage Trouble and the Soul Selector Tom "Papa" Ray -- When 9 p.m. Friday -- Where The Demo at Atomic Cowboy, 4144 Manchester Avenue -- How much $15 -- More info thedemostl.com
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