Eighteenth Hour's new album 6 "represents a culmination of maturity, song craft, and musicanship that far exceeds the band's time together. Slick, tight hooks with soaring melodies to satisfy any rocker!" - A.J. Fritz, WLVR 91.3FM (2013)
Some people say rock & roll is dead. If so, they haven't heard the new album "6" by the PA-based band Eighteenth Hour. "6" showcases straight-ahead rock & roll songwriting at its finest while capturing Eighteenth Hour's live performance musicianship, which is what this band has become known for over the past decade. Eighteenth Hour has been fortunate to share the stage with many national touring artists including the up & coming blues great Shemeika Copeland, Spacehog, Days of the New, The Badlees, Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, Great White, Blessid Union of Souls, etc.
Eighteenth Hour's reputation as a great live band spread quickly after winning WZZO 95.1FM's 15th Annual Backyard Bands Competition which was judged by representatives from Atlantic, Virgin, and Interscope Records. This was the launching pad that lead Eighteenth Hour to regular performances at the best original music venues in the tri-state area including The Sands Casino & Resort (Bethlehem, PA), Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse (Bethlehem, PA), The Bitter End (NYC), Puck (Doylestown, PA), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA), as well as some of the area's largest festivals including MayFair (Allentown, PA - 2011 & 2012) and Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA - 2003-04, 2007-08 & 2013).
Eighteenth Hour's new album "6" is currently available on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album//id525332459
Eighteenth Hour's accomplishments include:
- 2012 finalist in Beta Hi-Fi’s Emerging Music Festival at World Café Live (Wilmington, DE)
- iTunes 5-star rating for new album “6” & Jango.com internet radio featured artist
- Licensed original composition “Cure” to Collegiate Empowerment Company (CEC); used in promotional video shown at college campuses throughout the U.S
- winning numerous Lehigh Valley Music Awards including "Best Rock CD" and "Best Original Band"
- receiving "Best Original Band" in the Reader's Choice Poll and "5 out of 5 stars" for the "SHINE" CD review in Pulse Weekly Magazine
- being named "Best Band" in the Lehigh Valley Magazine's Best of The Valley Poll
- being the RECORD HOLDER for 17 consecutive days at #1 on vMRadio’s “Top 10 at 10” chart.
Tom Chaffier (drums), Geoff Houser (vocals, acoustic), Jim Touchton (bass) and David Zullo (electric, acoustic)
6 - Eighteenth Hour (2012)
Chasing the Following - Eighteenth Hour (2010)
The Analog Sessions – Eighteenth Hour (2007)
Would I Lie? – Houser-Zullo (2005)
Mary Street – Houser-Zullo (2004)
Shine – Eighteenth Hour (2003)
Glimpse – Eighteenth Hour (2001)
In the Numbers – Eighteenth Hour (2000)
"In the Spotlight: Eighteenth Hour"
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While sitting at a pub in Bethlehem, Pa chatting with two enthusiastic gentlemen in an intense discu...While sitting at a pub in Bethlehem, Pa chatting with two enthusiastic gentlemen in an intense discussion on music of the past and today’s crop of new artists and sounds, it’s almost like I’m catching up with close friends. Being deemed the Lehigh Valley’s “friendliest” band is certainly not a stretch of the imagination for these guys. A modest group of musicians each outstandingly gifted in their craft may seem like a fantasy in the days where any citizen off the street could create an album with a drum machine in one hand and an auto-tuner in the other. It is more than refreshing to be able to go to a local coffee shop-type environment and enjoy seamlessly performed original music but an exception should be made in the case of Bethlehem, Pa’s based Eighteenth Hour. Selfishly, I would be more than happy to keep this local band of Geoff Houser (vocals and guitar), David Zullo (lead guitarist), Tom Chaffier (drums), and Jim Touchton (bass) as a bright shining gem all to myself and the tri-state area of Pa, NJ, and De, but a band as talented as this begs to be shared nationally. With over ten years under their belt, the now veteran local rockers are feeling fully satisfied with their latest album 6.
“THE Eighteenth Hour” excerpt
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“For an unsigned act, Eighteenth Hour is pretty much playing in the big leagues. Just look at their...“For an unsigned act, Eighteenth Hour is pretty much playing in the big leagues. Just look at their latest string of victories. Their newest release, The Analog Sessions, is an ambitious stripped down blues-tinged effort that’s pricking ears and receiving praise.”
"10 Bands Not to Miss" excerpt
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"Why they rock: If Bon Jovi and Nickelback spawned a child, it would probably sound a lot like Eight..."Why they rock: If Bon Jovi and Nickelback spawned a child, it would probably sound a lot like Eighteenth Hour, and that’s a good thing.
The band has made a name for itself on the Lehigh Valley music scene with an armful of catchy sing-a-longs and an energetic live show. Its fan base has stretched across the Lehigh Valley and into New York City and Philadelphia.
Career highlight(s): Besides taking home WZZO’s coveted Backyard Bands trophy in 2005, Eighteenth Hour has two singles resting atop the "Most Requested" charts on VM Radio.com -- ahead of national recording acts such as Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, and Silverchair.
Pod pick(s): "I’m Gone," "Trainwreck No. 1""
“The Analog Sessions” CD Review
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“As the title “The Analog Sessions” indicates, their new disc (the band’s fourth of original tunes) ...“As the title “The Analog Sessions” indicates, their new disc (the band’s fourth of original tunes) is a throwback to pre-digital music. The eight songs feature big distorted guitars, bluesy solos and dramatic acoustic ballads. “Sound the Sirens Off,” the most overtly blues song, is a standout. The opening track, “Come Back Later,” is also impressive. Here the guitars sound modern in a Foo Fighters sort of way while vocal harmonies add a soft touch over the heavy fuzz.”
“Eighteenth Hour Gets Stripped!” excerpt
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“Unless you’ve been living under the Hamilton Street bridge for the past three years, you know who E...“Unless you’ve been living under the Hamilton Street bridge for the past three years, you know who Eighteenth Hour is – a four man band from Bethlehem that has racked up more awards than the final installment of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy did at this year’s Academy Awards (including Best Original Band in this year’s Pulse Weekly Readers’ Choice poll). Read on to find out the scoop on the dirty side of the Lehigh Valley’s “friendliest” band.”
“Get Into the Act” excerpt
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"Don't be fooled by the laid-back look of T-shirt and jeans - Eighteenth Hour has a high-octane show..."Don't be fooled by the laid-back look of T-shirt and jeans - Eighteenth Hour has a high-octane show to go along with hard-driving rock.
Frontman Geoff Houser works the stage with authority while David Zullo rips elastic lightning from his fretboard. The exhilarating thunder stomp produced by drummer Tom Chaffier and bassist Jim Touchton could cause Donald Rumsfeld to designate the city of Bethlehem - the band's home base - a haven for weapons of mass destruction.
Judging from audience response, it's a surefire method that promises a hefty harvest."
Eighteenth Hour's live shows have three distinct formats depending upon venue size, vibe & audience:
1. Full band electric (electric & acoustic guitars, bass & drumset) - set tailored for high energy rock concert
2. Full band acoustic (two acoustic guitars, bass & drumset) - set tailored to highlight the groove & essence of an unplugged performance
3. Acoustic duo - set tailored for intimate, singer-songwriter performances
All shows feature mainly Eighteenth Hour's original songs, but cover songs are available if requested. Covers include:
1. You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
2. Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
3. Melissa - The Allman Brothers
4. Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. Time - Pink Floyd
6. Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones
7. Thank You - Led Zeppelin
8. Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
9. Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
10. Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
11. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
12. Baba O'Reilly - The Who
13. Young Lust - Pink Floyd
14. Purple Rain - Prince
15. Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
16. Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers
17. Badge - Cream
18. # 41 - Dave Matthews Band
19. Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
20. Hey Hey What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin