CHARETTA is a female-fronted modern rock band based out of New York City. Formed in 2007, the band’s sound has hard rock elements similar to artists such as Breaking Benjamin and RED, while layering angst-filled, yet melodic, female vocals. One fan accurately summarized Charetta’s sound by stating, “it sounds like Alanis Morissette punching Chevelle in the face.”
In July of 2011, CHARETTA released their latest EP “A Nation Distracted,” which was recorded at Vudu Studios and produced by Mike Watts (Story of the Year, Theory of a Deadman) and Steven Haigler (Fuel, Brand New). “Great grooves, monster riffs, and killer vocals,” says Watts. The EP release show was the bands most memorable to date, as they performed for a SOLD OUT crowd at New York City’s legendary Irving Plaza. After an active touring schedule in 2012, the band is currently focused on writing material for a new release tentatively scheduled for early 2013.
CHARETTA (pronounced “sha-RET-uh”) consists of Angelina DelCarmen (vocals), Pablo LaFrossia (guitar), Chris Fullam (guitar), Richard Mollo (bass), and Adonis Sanchez (drums). The band started in 2007 when Pablo and Adonis who were long-time friends, wanted to start a new modern rock project with an amazing vocalist. Through a MySpace posting, they found Angelina. “She sang on our demos and just blew us away. One audition was all we needed to hear,” says Adonis. It was at that time the project was named, but the band prefers to keep the meaning of CHARETTA a mystery. Only their most dedicated fans know the secret. Several months and many auditions later, the band added Richard as their permanent bassist, and the band’s foundation was born. In July 2009, the band released their debut album “Defying the Inevitable” which was produced by Brett Hestla (Creed, Dark New Day). In late 2010, before going into the studio to record “A Nation Distracted,” the band added Chris as their second guitarist. “Chris and I have similar styles. We are both heavily influenced by Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge), so it was a very natural fit,” shares Pablo. Since then, CHARETTA has made countless appearances (opening for national acts such as Eye Empire, Taproot, Exist Trace, Saliva & Smile Empty Soul), has released two music videos, and had their music featured in the independent film release “5th of a Degree,” as well as the television program “The Mun2 Look” on Mun2. The band has performed over 150 live performances to date.
Discovering the meaning behind the band’s name CHARETTA remains a challenge, but finding their music is definitely not. You can find them online at Charetta.com, as well as many other popular music websites such as Pandora and Spotify. Their music is also available for sale in major digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
Chris Fullam - Guitar &Vocals
Pablo LaFrossia - Guitar
Richard Mollo - Bass
Adonis Sanchez - Drums
Angelina Del Carmen - Vocals
2008: CHARETTA – CHARETTA (EP)
2009: CHARETTA – DEFYING THE INEVITABLE
2011: CHARETTA – A NATION DISTRACTED (EP)
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It's hard work being a female hard rock singer. While Charetta's signature style seems to head in th...It's hard work being a female hard rock singer. While Charetta's signature style seems to head in this direction with tight, well-produced arrangements, this New York outfit manages to explore a surprising range of diverse sounds with the songs offered here. There are going to be inevitable comparisons between Charetta and bands like Evanescence, but frontwoman Angelina DelCarmen avoids the pitfalls of grandiose vocal leanings and instead plays with a rangy modern rock sensibility that fits in perfectly with the strong, rhythmic underpinnings of fellow bandmates Pablo LaFrossia, Richard Mollo, and Adonis Sanchez.
"You Prevail" has a solid, natural flow to it highlighted by vocal effects and a strong guitar break near the end of the song that builds to a satisfying climax. "Runs in the Blood" delves into deeper lyrical content, setting the stage for a simple, effective tale that would translate well into video and visuals, but stands up as a strong piece of storytelling. "Never" pulls the hardness down a few notches, but finds strength in versatility. Quite simply, this was a favorite of the three tracks and an unexpected moment for the band as a whole to shine. All three songs show off a radio-ready band with the potential to really push themselves creatively and expand on the basic perception of the female-fronted alternative rock outfit.
CHARETTA - DEFYING THE INEVITABLE
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Charetta is a NYC-based female fronted hard rock outfit whose latest nine-track effort DEFYING THE I...Charetta is a NYC-based female fronted hard rock outfit whose latest nine-track effort DEFYING THE INEVITABLE is adorned with a barrage of heavy-handed and well-composed melodies whose tendencies to work within the confines of atmospheric metal falls somewhere between In This Moment and Lacuna Coil (“On The Line”). Featuring a skull-rattling bottom end crunch that combines Staind and Chevelle (“Stop the Cycle”) alongside a powerful female voice that proudly wavers in between breathy and bad-ass (“Too Far In”), this quartet’s ready for the radio modern hard rock is balanced with nasty riffs (“Love Your Lies”) and angelic vocal anguish (“So Convincing”, “Never”), passionately meshing driving grooves with overwhelming outpourings of emotion to create a refined album ready for mass consumption. www.charetta.com -Mike SOS
CHARETTA brings us "Defying The Inevitable"
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CHARETTA bring us Defying The Inevitable – brilliant thank you I thought I was dying there then you ...CHARETTA bring us Defying The Inevitable – brilliant thank you I thought I was dying there then you came along and let my ears know that they were not alone... Angelina Del Carmen vocal talent grabs you by the balls and it doesn’t let go. This is killer NYC Rock ‘n’ Roll at it’s finest.
---Starr Tucker, New York Waste July 15, 2009
Defying The Inevitable review
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Charetta Defying The Inevitable June 9th, 2009 New York, New York - Reviewed by: Frank M. DiGau...Charetta
Defying The Inevitable
June 9th, 2009 New York, New York
- Reviewed by: Frank M. DiGaudio For AudioAnarchy.ning.com
Tuesday June 9st,2009 Finally the long awaited debut album from Charetta called Defying The Inevitable has arrived. Let me start out by saying congratulations to the band for bringing a great album to the table. You can feel what the lyrics are about in every song as Angelina’s vocals are intense and powerful. The music is equally hard hitting and dynamic. With the usual suspects Rich (Bass) Pablo (Guitar), &Adonis (Drums) this album also has a few additional musicians Dave Chisholm (Guitar), and Brett Hestla (A Dark New Day). This is truely one of the few albums that you can listen to and love every track. I can honestly say one of the best unsigned bands I have heard. If you have not heard them do not hesitate to check them out and get Charred!!!!
2- Love Your Lies
3- Too Far In
5- So Convincing
6- On The Line
7- Runs in the Blood
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Rough Mix of Upcoming CD
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Over the holidays, my lady friend received a rough mix of the upcoming Charetta CD from our mutual f...Over the holidays, my lady friend received a rough mix of the upcoming Charetta CD from our mutual friend and my bro, Charetta guitarist Dave Chisolm. You might recognize Dave’s name from Sixty Miles Down and 1000lb. Head. Well, I did what any boyfriend would do and I stole the CD to listen to myself, and I have to say that the production on the CD was really good! The songs sounded much heavier than when I first heard them and singer Angelina really shines on these songs. Look out for the release of this new CD! In fact, you can hear a track from it on Charetta’s MySpace page, myspace.com/charettamusic.
CHARETTA self titled EP
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Charetta - Self-Titled EP (2008) Independent Release Review by Mortuai 'Don't let the cover fool...Charetta - Self-Titled EP (2008)
Review by Mortuai
'Don't let the cover fool you' is my first piece of advice regarding New York City's Charetta. A glance at the sepia-toned EP cover artwork with its prominent dead tree on display and you might immediately think 'gothic doom metal.'
This isn't the case at all, though, for the five-piece's style falls squarely in the realm of groove-driven heavy alternative rock with the occasional metal leaning. The three song EP I received for review was recorded just a few months after the band was founded in 2007, apparently, but is a polished piece of work featuring strong, clear production and solid...if not particularly distinctive or complex... songwriting.
It's tough to accurately judge a band's style based on twelve minutes of music, but even in that short span of time, a few influences become readily apparent. Opener 'On The Line,' my favorite of the three for a variety of reasons, is a slow-tempo rocker which sounds like a blend of one part Deftones, one part Chevelle, and two parts Comalies-era Lacuna Coil. Unsurprisingly from the latter reference, vocalist Angelina DelCarmen does occasionally sound a bit like a higher-midrange version of Cristina Scabbia, though the resemblance isn't strong enough to be called derivative. Something about her delivery style - probably her tendancy to shift up her pitch and back down again in the midst of phrases - also reminds me just a tiny fraction of Johanna DePierre, though any thoughts of the group otherwise sounding at all like Amaran should be tossed aside immediately. 'On The Line' also features the EP's only guitar lead, a tasty little melodic burst that unfortunately makes me wish there were more on the other tracks.
After the highly promising lead-off, things start to lean away from the Lacuna Coil influence and more towards the alt-rock side with 'Too Far In,' a more groove-laden piece that calls to mind a mix of the aforementioned artists as well as bits and pieces of Sevendust, Creed, and Evanescence. It's a cool little number with a stick-in-your-head chorus, but for some reason it seems to me it ends a bit abruptly, as if there should've been more to it. The 'single' track of the EP, 'So Convincing' is up last, and here we have a slower tempo, more melody coming to the forefront in the music, and Angelina's multilayered-vocals taking on more of a sultry, seductive tone. I can see this one being an unquestioned favorite with the alternative rock and borderline-rock-fan crowds, though more metal-oriented listeners might find it drags a bit.
While I freely admit to not exactly being the biggest alt-rock fan in the world, I have to say I do like what Charetta has to offer so far. They're tight live performers if what I've seen online is any indication, and while the music they write isn't anything exceptionally innovative, it's catchy and enjoyable without sounding too commercial or generic. Within a few weeks of this writing, as I understand it, they should be releasing their upcoming debut full-length, Defying The Inevitable. If you are a fan of the musical style I've described, then I would say it's definitely worth your time to check it out when it hits the streets.
CHARETTA at The Mean Fiddler
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Charetta at the Mean Fiddler By Radio J Last month I went to the Mean Fiddler in NYC to check o...Charetta at the Mean Fiddler
By Radio J
Last month I went to the Mean Fiddler in NYC to check out this five piece known as Charetta. The venue was below a bar. After walking down the stairs I entered a hallway leading into a tiny room. On the stage was a guy playing an acoustic guitar. Once he was through it was time to wake up the crowd with new and different that could only be described as Charetta.
The band features Angelina DelCarmen - vocals, Pablo LaFrossia – guitars, Richard Mollo - Bass, Dave Chisholm - guitars and Adonis Sanchez - drums. Charetta has a hard feel mixed with metal and alternative sounds similar to the Deftones, Sevendust and Faith No More. If you ask the band about how they got the name there are several different stories behind it.
The band took the stage shortly after there was some confusion as far as to how long their set would actually be. Fueled with frustration and adrenaline the band pulled off an awesome set. They started off with a song “Too Far In”. This song can be heard on their three-song demo. Angelina’s amazing melodic vocals could be heard throughout the room. She has powerful chords that match the sound of the demo and sound great live. Not once did you hear a sour note. She is not shy when it comes to moving around on stage or getting up close with the audience. Neither were Mollo or Chisholm as they walked around the room taking full advantage of their wireless adapters. You could say that they were getting up close and personal with the audience.
Although LaFrossia stayed in one spot for most of the set, it didn’t really matter due to the fact that he was lost within the realm of his own riffs as the sound pouring from his amp consumed the crowd. Adonis is one hell of a drummer. His beats definitely played a factor in the intensity of the set. The energy was definitely filling up the tiny room.
They played some new tunes that are on their song demo including “The Truth is Out” and “It Runs in the Blood”. Towards the end of the set Angelina commanded the crowd to come right up to the stage, without any hesitation they did. If you did not have the chance to catch this band live, then it is highly recommended that you do. For more information, go to:
Florida Music Festival 2008
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Charetta @ Central Station Bar: Arriving at Central Station, I bumped into a few friends and notic...Charetta @ Central Station Bar:
Arriving at Central Station, I bumped into a few friends and noticed that there was an intensely powerful female voice and echoing off the brick walls so I tried to politely plow my way through the bar patrons and was happy to catch the NYC band Charetta. There were quite a few fans lined up in the front despite the band being from out of town, and I'm sure that on top of the straight forward rock her band was pumping out, Angelina being as beautiful as she is attracted some new fans.
Our set list is approximately 30-45 minutes, and consists of some of our original songs:
Not Made of Stone
I'm Not Your Bitch
Stop The Cycle
It Runs In The Blood
Love Your Lies
On The Line
The Truth Is Out
Too Far In
Do It On Your Own
There are no upcoming dates at this time.