In an alt-rock field often clouded by sardonic humor and/or melancholic detachment, the Singles offer bright rays and blue skies illuminating carefully cultivated, deeply rooted melodies.
Featuring guitarist Vincent Frederick, bassist Jenny Pirch and drummer Nicky Veltman, the Singles exhibit a prismatic spectrum of pop, rock, country, girl group sounds and modern alternative. Like the geologic forces of nature that coalesce to form the brightest minerals, the group’s multitude of influences bear traces of the Everly Brothers (a cover of “When Will I Be Loved” fits comfortably alongside originals), Bobbie Gentry, the British Invasion, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Holly. Call the male-female harmony/contrapuntal vocals a smoother variation of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood or a hipper Sonny and Cher, but the sound is still their own.
Like the latter two, the Singles brought experience to the table when they formed in early 2010. Frederick’s use of the Singles’ moniker dated all the way back to 1999, when he formed a Detroit power pop quartet that went on to release two acclaimed albums, 2003’s Better Than Before (on the respected Rainbow Quartz label) and 2007’s Start Again (on their own Sound Artifacts Music imprint).
But after an aborted attempt at a third album in 2009, the guitarist headed to LA — also home to Pirch, another Detroit-to-LA transplant. Pirch had paid her dues on bass with the Gore Gore Girls, appearing on an EP (7X4), playing Little Steven’s Underground Garage Fest with legends like the Stooges and the New York Dolls in August 2004, and touring with the Cramps.
Experience, however, was the last thing on their minds when they met. Rather, the shared passion for the Everlys’ two-part harmonies led to conversation and, when their mutual desire to perform came to light, the Singles were (re)born. Rick Moranis lookalike meets Bond girl, Pussy Galore takes off Dark Helmet’s helmet, and sophisticated humor imbues the resulting sounds.
They were soon joined by Veltman, a power drummer also from the Motor City who enjoyed the same Gore Gore Girls ride as Pirch and stayed slightly longer to play on 2007’s Get the Gore album. When she arrived in California, a reunion was inevitable.
“The moment I saw Vince and Jenny play, I knew I wanted to join the Singles,” Veltman said. “I loved the harmonies and knew it would work really well as a loud rock ’n’ roll band.”
The Singles have played a steady stream of Southern California engagements over the past two years and laid down various tracks in the studio — including their debut single, “Tomorrow I’ll Be Blue” b/w “All That I Wanted Was You.” The inaugural pairing is not unlike the group’s other originals: songs about love lost, love found, wistfulness and hearts broken and mended. Just like the Everlys used to make.
“I think the whole Buddy and Everlys thing shines through in my writing a bit because that was my foundation and realization when I started writing songs,” Frederick said.
“Vince, Nicky and I get each other musically,” Pirch said. “We’re real music fans that obsess over music, collect records, and talk for hours about music.”
Music made by music fans for music fans. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Ugly Things magazine
Vince Frederick - Vocals and Guitar
Jenny Pirch - Vocals and Bass Guitar
Nicky Styxx - Drums
2001 - 7 Song EP "The Singles"
2003/2004 - CD/LP "Better Than Before"
2003/2004 - CD Single/7" vinyl "He Can Go, You Can't Stay"
2006 - 3 Song EP "Hypnotized"
2006 - "Baby, It's Christmas" CD single
2007 - CD/LP "Start Again"
2009 - CD Single "Don't Need Your Love"
2009 - CD Single "Can You Go Out Tonight?/You're The Kind Of Girl"
2009 - CD Single "Around You Love/What You've Started Now"
2010 - Single 7" vinyl "Tomorrow I'll Be Blue/All That I Wanted Was You"
AMG "Start Again" Review
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During the fifteen minutes that Detroit became the center of the garage rock universe in the wake of...During the fifteen minutes that Detroit became the center of the garage rock universe in the wake of the White Stripes' breakthrough, The Singles received a bit of international acclaim for their debut album, 2003's Better Than Before, but like a number of other Motor City bands, the hype machine didn't turn over for them, and four years later leader Vince Frederick is fronting a new line-up of Singles for the pointedly titled Start Again. However, Frederick thankfully is still in firm command of the gifts that made the earlier version of the band memorable -- British Invasion style melodies, pop hooks galore, and plenty of energy, with the results sounding a good bit more like the Flamin' Groovies than, say, fellow Detroiters the Dirtbombs. Frederick wrote a dozen solid pop songs for this set, and he sings them with commendable spirit and force, and his new rhythm section (John Hale on bass and Brian Thunders on drums) are entirely simpatico, knowing when to push hard on a rocker like "I Want You Back Now" or "Start Again" and when to ease back on the more measured "Better Days" and the heart-broken "I Don't Wanna Be The Last To Know". Jim Diamond, who produced Better Than Before, is back behind the board for this set, and he gives the Singles a full-bodied sound that's equally friendly to the crunchy guitars and the precise harmonies. If you ever wondered what happened to power pop, it's alive and well and living in the Singles' rehearsal space, and with any luck Start Again will earn this band the recognition they richly deserve. - Tim Sendra
The Fire Note "Start Again" Review
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Any band coming out of Detroit right now still gets the garage rock comparisons. Leave that thought ...Any band coming out of Detroit right now still gets the garage rock comparisons. Leave that thought at the door because The Singles hail from Detroit but only share some qualities with those other bands like their liveliness and tight musicianship. The Singles are a straight up power pop band that have a very modern Kinks sound. Start Again is The Singles sophomore release and it expands on the retro sound found on their debut Better Than Before , while still retaining the heart of the band and never leaving that core sound. What does stand out is that Start Again turns up the amps a bit more with heavier rockers like “I Want You Back Now” and “Hypnotized” that sound great blaring at high volumes. The album also has better transitions that flow seamlessly track to track and balance the harder charging songs with perfect timeless 2 minute Buddy Hollyish nuggets such as “Cryin’ Over You”. If you have not checked out The Singles, I would recommend you pick up both Start Again and Better Than Before because they are a breath of fresh air that really do a great job of repackaging a sixties sound for a new generation. Trust me you will be entertained!
Key Tracks: "Love Is Just A Game", "Hypnotized", "I Want You Back Now"
Powepopaholic "Start Again" Review
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The Singles exploded onto the scene in 2003 as a standout with the excellent album Better Than Befor...The Singles exploded onto the scene in 2003 as a standout with the excellent album Better Than Before. So this past February, The Singles have switched labels and released Start Again. There is plenty of garage rock on display here, with a liberal doses of T Rex worship on the "The Most Beautiful Girl." This song sounds like a outtake from T Rex's Electric Warrior. About half the album has that Marc Bolan vibe, with songs like "When will she be mine" and "Summer." Then on "Annette" try to imagine Bolan fronting for The Dave Clark Five, complete with fuzz guitar and hand claps. They change pace with "Cryin' over you," a 50's styled tribute to Roy Orbison. Lots of Small Faces influenced mod-styled rock is all over this album as well. "Hypnotized" is a good example of this, and remind me of another power pop group - The High Dials. "Goodbye Little Girl" is an awesome radio friendly track, that is a fitting finale. I highly suggest this album for highway driving this summer.
God Is In The TV "Start Again" Review
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Buddy Holly has a lot to answer for. Being the first rock n roller not to resemble Elvis he opened t...Buddy Holly has a lot to answer for. Being the first rock n roller not to resemble Elvis he opened the door for the not so macho man to step into the public eye. A wiry frame and hilariously uncool appearance have given his image an enduring power that noticeable to this day. Perhaps the lazy comparison would be Rivers Cuomo of Weezer- geeky glasses, nerdy lyrics, nasal vocals, what more do you need as testimony? Whilst Rivers may be amongst the higher profile stars indebted to Mr. Holly, The Singles owe more than their bespectacled aesthetics to old Bud.
‘Start Again’ is an emotional rock record, not in the dark hair and lip piercing sense-more the soundtrack of a school nerd who finally gets to dance with the girl of his dreams before realising the jocks put her up to it kind of way. Musically the Buddy Holly and Weezer references may well be all you need. However, whilst opener ‘I Want You Back Now’ may sound like Cuomo’s boys the record is draped in the naïve pop sentiments that one may associate with late 1950s rock music.
‘The Most Beautiful Girl’ is perhaps the best embodiment of this here, a clean guitar placed delicately over a bass part so reminiscent of 1950s teen movies you could swear they’ve swiped it, and they probably have. In another nod to the fifties you may well notice the strong presence of the two minute pop song on this record; this is strictly a good thing. When The Singles do break this format the result is a noticeably weakened effort (see ‘I Want You Back Now’). All this nostalgia is definitely unhealthy, yet you can’t help loving this record, it is undoubtedly guilty of rehashing the past but it does it in such a way that makes it hard to dislike. The real question is, do you call it fifties revivalism or just twee?
Album highlight ‘Summer’ holds the answer-it’s twee, in all it’s bespectacled glory. Combining Byrds-esque harmonies with a new pop energy, thoughts of special girls and special boys will soon fill your head and bam; you’re in love and quite rightly too. Title track ‘Start Again’ is perhaps more of a nod to the music of the beat groups than rock n roll but it pulls and spins until you feel sick and you don’t want it to end
These slabs of poppy goodness may be brief but there is certainly gentleness to them perhaps sounding like the Buzzcocks should given their age-they have a subtlety beyond their years and are capable of warming even the coldest of hearts. The only real problem I have with this album is the fact I could never have the face to right songs so honest or fragile myself. There is little of life affirming substance here, but that’s probably not why you’d pick it up in the first place, if you want the sound of a summer day anytime of year this is what you need-innocence without childishness, influence without a contrived effort. As close to perfect as this stuff gets.
Our sets range from 35 to 60 minutes of original material. (Songs lengths range from 2 to 4 minutes long) Although we can play all night if you want. We include covers in our set on occasion. They are usually classic Rock 'n' Roll, Soul or Country songs.
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