GREAT HORNED OWLS ALBUM REVIEW!
Great Horned Owls
Reviewed by: Jason Sendaula
5 out of 5: Iconic
If the groups The Band and The Smiths met, had a couple of drinks and one thing led to another the offspring (in a world where Morrissey could find happiness) would be a beautiful little something like The Roddies. With beautifully homespun melodies, their crowd pleasing vocals allow absorption of lyrics deeper than expected. Might be off on the parentage, but the kids are alright.
Photo by Lisa Schaffer, layout by Jacque Varsalona
GREAT HORNED OWLS RELEASE: The Roddies announced that their brand new Album, "Great Horned Owls," will be released this Spring at Milkboy Coffee Philadelphia on May 5th , and official release online on May 8th, 2012. The 11 song EP showcases their signature rock sound with a bluesrock-folk vibe. Brett Kull produced, mixed and mastered the recording at Catapult Sound in North Wales. The songs are filled with harmonies, blues-rock riffs and an Americana rock feel. "It's our best stuff yet, we all can't wait for everyone to hear this music." said Rich, one of the identical twins who fronts the band. The musicianship and collective writing all led to the diverse music that you'll hear, from the strong CSNY like chorus' of "Temporary" and "Waves," the fast paced King Crimsonesque "Black Berry Rose," and the country harmony of "Hold On," which includes Katie Barbato on vocals. Lindsey McKay, one of the best young singers in the region, belts out a memorable vocal on "Where Did You Go?" a strong riding song that sounds like it would end a Martin Scorcese film. Jack Jeckot (Keys), Dan "Danjo" Collins (banjo), Jacque Varsalona (Vocals) all lended their individual color to the album as well, creating a glue that binds each song. The Roddies, who wrote all the music, were accomanied by Brett who played electric guitars, slide, lap steel and vocals on the tracks. "He was like the 6th Roddie on the album, he's an incredible mind and musician, the only difference is he comes from Viking blood."
SPECIAL WXPN UNDERCOVER SESSIONS "PAUL MCCARTNEY: JUNK FROM MCCARTNEY SOLO ALBUM:
Rich & Brett recorded a version of Paul McCartney's "Junk" for 88.5 WXPN, check it out:
VIDEO - "THE ANSWERS" FROM MONSTERS & BUGS
FREE "CHRISTMAS CHEER" HOLIDAY SONG DOWNLOAD, CLICK HERE FOR SOUND CLOUD
The original Holiday song was featured on WXPN's 12 Days of Christmas on THE KEY, Merry Christmas.
The Roddies were in the studio with Brett adding some final touches to the new album, and an incredible night of ideas and music came out. The new album will have 11 brand new songs from the band. It's a collection of an Americana, rock n roll feel. Dan Collins, Katie Barbato (The Sleepwells), Lindsey McKay (Grey Eye Glances) and Jacque Varsalona (Camp Dracula) all lending some heart and soul to the project. Keep an eye out for more news and some new studio videos!
"OVERTIME" PLAYED ON TV DURING MLB'S PHILLIES EXTRA INNING GAMES
HIGHLIGHT REEL FOR MLB'S PHILLIES
The Roddies' Overtime and Life's Lessons from their 2009 release Monsters and Bugs, are being played during highlights on Philadelphia Phillies MLB In-Game highlights this year!! Check it out, from our boy EMinns:
LAKEFEST 2011 - ANOTHER GREAT FEST!
Well they say things get better with time, and this years Lakefest was a testament of a great weekend of roots music, friends and good ol rodnistics at The Lake. An entire day of bands, lakeside, camping, BBQ and brews. Big thanks to the acts who played all day and night: Steve and Andy Meehan, Noletta, The High Miles, Electric Yellow, John Breyer, J.B. Rogers of Strange Montgomery, Jeremy Hollis of The Doublewides, Dan Collins, new friends Railroad Fever, Brett Kull, Jacque, Rod and our sister Valentina who came on stage for a new tune we're working on called "Lucy." More pics on our Facebook page and Kodak Gallery here:
5 STARS *****
5 Stars "Iconic"
Monsters & Bugs
A science experiment creeps out of Philadelphia.“Given Song,” a lighthearted alt-rock track about nature, talks about taking care of the earth and appreciating all our planet has to offer. This track features “gritty” vocals with a hint of rustic country music. Don’t be afraid to play it around the campfire! This CD is wonderful! ~ Leslie Snyder
RODDIES ROCK THE TLA
LAKEFEST 2012! SUNRISE LAKE MUSIC FEST!!
Thanks again to everyone at Lakefest 2012, what an incredible time once again. Special thanks to John Karp and Brett Kull for help with the sound and stage! THis years acts, check them out for more: Dan Collins, Katie Barbato, Josh Larson, John Breyer, Railroad Fever, The High Miles, Noletta, Jeremy Hollis, Echolyn members (Brett Kull, Tom Hyatt and Paul Ramsey) Jacque Varsalona, Matt Teacher Rebecca Rankin, Mike Lawson, Andy Meehan, and Rod! Until next year...!
THANK YOU!! ALBUM RELEASE NOTES
The Roddies Album Release at Milkboy Philly was an incredible night. Katie Barbato and Dan Collins opened up the evenin, The Doublewides rocked and Railroad Fever closed out the night, it was an incredible vibe, packed house and the guys thank everyone for their support! The full band set included Brett Kull, Jack Jeckot, Lindsey McKay, Jacque Varsalona, John Karp, Mojo Man Meehan, Katie Barbato and Dan Collins. The album will be available online soon, the album will be available at the TLA show and Lakefest.
RODDIES TO PLAY TLA BENEFIT WITH LIZ LONGLEY & MORE!!
The Roddies announced a benefit show at Philadelphia's Theater of Living Arts on May 30th. The band will open for National Recording artist Liz Longley. The show benefits Multiple Sclerosis Research. More info and tickets can be purchase here:
The 5th Annual Lakefest is set for June 2nd. The all day festival with The Roddies and Friends, music, lake, camping, then fireside. Bands TBA soon!
WORLD CAFE LIVE
The Roddies were joined by Brett Kull, Jacque Varsalona, Lindsey McKay, Andy Meehan and John Karp for a special night at World Cafe Live. The sold out private show was a benefit for the Yates family.
BAND OF BROTHERS
Article in Philly Review
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RODDIES' WXPN HOLIDAY SONG
HIGHLIGHT OF CHRISTMASCHEER
WXPN creates a highlight of 12 artists during the Holiday season, The Roddies recorded Christmascheer with their friends after Thanksgiving. Click here to check it out!