With their latest release "Vaudeville" Weird Old America remembers the days when blues driven rock and roll delivered great bands. Drawing from heavy influences such as S.R.V., Hendrix, Clapton, Santana, and Zeppelin the group is propelling rock and roll into the 21st century. Led by guitar phenom and vocalist Nick Diaz, the band creates tightly orchestrated songs that deliver quite a punch of alternative blues rock music. Driven by drummer, Matty Amendola, and bassist, Bryan Ladd, Weird Old America maintains a rhythm section that seems to be forgotten in many of today's modern groups. With a live show that'll blow the roof off of Madison Square Garden, Weird Old America is preparing to remind the world that rock and roll is still very much alive.
Nick Diaz - Guitar/Vocals
Bryan Ladd - Bass
Matty Amendola - Drums/Vocals
Vaudeville - 2009
Weird Old America's Vaudeville is the new classic rock
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By Beeb Ashcroft Modern rockers with vintage sensibilities: Weird Old America's Vaudeville is th...By Beeb Ashcroft
Modern rockers with vintage sensibilities: Weird Old America's Vaudeville is the new classic rock. With a decidedly blues-rock sensibility, the band pay tribute to their heroes of the 60s and 70s. The first few cuts hearken to the days of Cream and The Guess Who, while the remainder of the album has more of a Lynyrd Skynyrd vibe with its country-rock twang.
Kicking things off with a minute-long Latin-flavored intro, Weird Old America whets your appetite for "Devil in A Dream," a powerhouse song with Santana-worthy guitar solos. The title track is next, a fantastically catchy piece that is arguably the best on the record. You'll have your lighters out for the power ballads "Sooner or Later" and "Carry Me Away," while the second half of the record has an especially Southern Rock drawl with cuts like "Checkpoint Charlie" bringing to mind the Allman Brothers.
Vaudville is an excellent effort – the songs are well-crafted and the performances are stellar. My only wish is that the sonics had more of a vintage feel. Although they mixed it from tape after putting the the tracks through a vintage Studer machine, the album was recorded digitally and retains an altogether too-clean feel for this type of music.
Weird Old America's idols, Hendrix and Zeppelin, would record as a unit, as opposed to today's standard method of recording each band member's performance individually. Since Pro Tools didn't exist then, those bands had to keep entire takes without being able to edit or fix anything later. For Weird Old America's next effort, I would just love to see them take this (now-radical) approach to recording, since it would lend a raw authenticity that I think would sound amazing. But if my only complaint is that they sound too perfect, that's pretty good.
Weird Old America - Vaudeville
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Drummer: Matty Amendola Weird Old America packs quite a punch with a dose of their blues infused...Drummer: Matty Amendola
Weird Old America packs quite a punch with a dose of their blues infused alternative rock music. Hailing from New York City, fans of Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton are in for a real treat as the band combines scorching guitar riffs with catchy vocal hooks to create a sound of their own. Keep an eye out for this release.
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Weird Old America adopts the sound of many classic rock bands to make a memorable debut . . . “Devil...Weird Old America adopts the sound of many classic rock bands to make a memorable debut . . . “Devil In A Dream” plays like an amped-up Santana song . . . the frantic pace and sliding guitar melodies of “Pocket Change Blues” deliver a song that’s a cross of Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top . . . Vaudeville displays an impressive repertoire of styles for Weird Old America . . . Weird Old America delivers a raw, passionate rock album.
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guitarist nick diaz is a musical chameleon who negotiates his cinematic shifts and twists with passi...guitarist nick diaz is a musical chameleon who negotiates his cinematic shifts and twists with passion and purpose . . . - Michael Molenda
Smart Guitar Wizards Are Hard to Come By
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t’s rare to find young blues guitar demigods who are embodying the spirit of the music, not just api...t’s rare to find young blues guitar demigods who are embodying the spirit of the music, not just aping it, and rarer still to find one who’s savvy and talented enough to incorporate other styles into the mix. fortunately for us all, transplanted texan nick diaz and his power trio deliver on all of the above . . . . his stylistic breadth is impressive, too, covering the entire history of blues-rock . . . . smart guitar wizards are hard to come by. - Robert Fontenot
Weird Old America Releases Vaudeville
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. . . With a live show that'll blow the roof off of Madison Square Garden, Weird Old America is pre... . . . With a live show that'll blow the roof off of Madison Square Garden, Weird Old America is preparing to remind the world that rock and roll is still very much alive . . .
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. . . . guitarist nick diaz piles enough led zeppelin riffs to build several houses of the holy. - A.... . . . guitarist nick diaz piles enough led zeppelin riffs to build several houses of the holy. - Adam Harrington
"I AM" Featured Video
"I AM" was the featured video on Plateau Magazine's website the week of 10/1/08.
Track of the Day
"Devil In A Dream" was track of the day on Garageband.com 8/1/08.
Songs from Vaudeville and a few select covers:
Devil In A Dream
Sooner Or Later
Pocket Change Blues
Carry Me Away
Running to be Still
My Sweetheart's Green Eyes
Mr. Pinstripe Suit
Everything Seems To Be Tilted
Fire - Jimi Hendrix
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
Superstitous - Stevie Wonder
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
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