Every journey begins with the first step and Tim Laigaie began walking early as he wrote his first song at age 11. Now ten years later at age 21, Tim has grown into a resounding pro with his lyrical composition and catchy musical lines. Always a leader and not a follower growing up, Tim writes his music following only one rule - "Think outside the box". With the release of his first EP titled "Out of Focus" this past year, he has and continues to capture the attention of listeners around his hometown of Philadelphia. Having already began writing the material for his follow up to "Out of Focus" , Tim assures that he is only growing day by day as a songwriter, performer and lyricist. So keep your ears open and an eye out for Tim Laigaie as he attempts to break the mold and make a splash in the music industry.
Tim Laigaie - Vocals, Guitar
Mike Hepler - Guitar
Frank Dattillo - Bass
Nick Gravely - Drums
"Out of Focus" EP - 2008
Laigaie in "Focus"
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First of all, it's pronounced "lay-shay." Say it with me now.... On the front cover of his debut ...First of all, it's pronounced "lay-shay." Say it with me now....
On the front cover of his debut Out of Focus, Tim Laigaie is pictured in shadows, a pained expression on his face, looking every bit the sensitive singer/songwriter. But on the back cover, we see a muscular fellow walking tall, lugging his guitar case as if he's heading into a saloon to fight a bunch of outlaws and then serenade the ladies who will inevitably hail him as a hero. The EP's seven tracks reflect this balance between toughness and sensitivity, as Tim delivers these meaty pop/rock tunes with equal parts assertiveness and vulnerability.
And then there are his lyrics. Try these on for size:
"I guess the sweet ain't as sweet without the sour" (from "Last Winter")
"Welcome to the enigma masquerade" ("Eyes Wide Shut")
"Money from my pocket falls in your hands 'til there's nothin' but lint left" ("For All The Lovers")
"Life took a backseat ride, happiness subsided, and they're losing the battle to maintain" ("Quicksand")
"I knew this girl named Jen, always wanted to be a dime" ("Out of Focus")
That last one's my favorite, by the way.
Put all these ingredients together and you might become a bit confused. But what immediately struck me about Tim Laigaie is that, given the right promotion, he should have no problem catching on. His songs are catchy and memorable, with radio-friendly hooks and instantly accessible themes. From the rockin' party animal anthem "City Bred Cowboys" to the hard-times lament "Quicksand" and "Eyes Wide Shut," the obligatory ballad of a mysterious woman, Tim Laigaie's songs are familiar enough to win over mainstream audiences but different enough to stand out from the crowd. And is it just me, or is "For All The Lovers" really a mighty fine country song disguised in pop/rock attire?
The Philadelphia-based artist is currently playing out in the area, but thanks to online commerce, you can get Out of Focus pretty much anywhere. The production may be a little rough in some places and the songs a little quirky, but make no mistake about it: deep down inside, this stuff is gold.
For music and more information: http://timlaigaie.com
Copyright © 2009 S.J. Dibai. All rights reserved.
Posted by S.J. Dibai at 1/01/2009 05:06:00 PM
Northeast star at North Star
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The acoustic rock sound of Northeast Philadelphia’s own Tim Laigaie capped off a night of new comers...The acoustic rock sound of Northeast Philadelphia’s own Tim Laigaie capped off a night of new comers at the North Star Bar in Fairmount yesterday night.
Tim, 21, played a handful of songs from his debut album Out of Focus with his friend Nick Passio, skirting his full band accompaniment. Nearly 100 fans were on hand in the lively showroom at the North Star, just inside the bar’s slower, drearier Tuesday night bar scene.
Tim is from Holme Circle, graduated from St. Jerome’s in 2001 and Father Judge in 2005, and still lives in the Northeast.
He wrote his first song at the age of 11. Ten years later, Tim headlined a show of three newcomer bands from the area. Below see Tim perform his song “Everything” with Nick last night.
That was their second of five songs played last night. After “Everything,” Tim dropped his acoustic guitar and focused on singing, backed by Nick.
Check out a photo slideshow of Tim and Nick performing here. Last night, NEast Mag posted shorter video of Tim singing “Quicksand.“
The crowd was filled largely with Tim’s friends who called out his name and cheered in support.
A Celtic-folk band called Brownpenny and a young blues rock band called Interstate 76 opened for Laigaie, playing 30 minutes each.
Next Tuesday, Tim has an on-air interview and performance on WOCM Irie Radio in Ocean City, Md. and he plays next at the Nail Nightclub in Ardmore on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
To hear Tim play with his full band, contact him through his Web site for a copy of Out of Focus.
Depending on the show...
Usually about 15 originals and 15-20 covers with my own twist
There are no upcoming dates at this time.