Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak

Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak

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A wild, showy, piano-based, original group in the vein of David Bowie, Talking Heads, and 60s-70s American soul music. VERY audience engaging - everyone dances to it! It's really memorable, quite an entertaining performance. Added bonus? The Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits/Frank O'Hara-inspired lyrics.

Biography

Please find enclosed materials for review on a great NYC band, Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak. I include a bio page/press release, as well as a list of press quotes.

More information can be found – including music, photographs and bio info – on www.comictalesoftragicheartbreak.com.

And, of course, their heralded self-titled release, as well as a national television appearance DVD (Good Morning America, Oxygen Network, Fox, etc.) is also available.

Comic Tales has done many types of special/celebrity/charity events, including Best Buddies (through the Rose Kennedy family, for the mentally impaired), Change for Kids (for inner-city school children), and the annual meningitis fundraiser, hosted by Dave Attell, featuring top comics from around the country.

Locally (New York City) the group performs at Joe’s Pub, the National Underground (Gavin DeGraw’s place), and was the regular Saturday night house band at the Cutting Room.

A bit of background - lead singer, Robert Whaley, co-wrote and recorded the original score for the feature film, “Joe the King”, starring Val Kilmer and Ethan Hawke, “Joe the King” won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Whaley is also currently at work on his much-anticipated new musical-play, “Bride and Groom,” the follow-up to his off-Broadway hit, “Wrong Way UP” (called Best off-Broadway Musical of the Year by Backstage).

The group thrives mainly because they are so engaging, original, and entertaining - they turn things into a really exciting night! And the pianist is one of the finest players around.

With all this in mind, I think they would work really well in your space, and that, with your help, we could create something great there.

So please do enjoy - let’s be in touch soon!

Best to you,

Robert,

Reason Management/Triple R Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak – the new band from Robert Whaley of rock legends, the Niagaras!

Contact: John Lacy

Reason Music Management

145 East 22nd Street, Suite 5F

New York, NY 10010

(212) 475-2504

“Lunacy? Spectacle? And music, too?” Rene Chun, New York Times

“The best show I’ve seen in months.” Dan Aquilante, New York Post

(New York, NY) October 26, 2008 – This show has been going gangbusters all over New York City. Think 60’s Northern Soul, a little Burt Bacharach, a bit of Beat free association, a dash of Bowie and James Brown - and you have
Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak. This piano-driven, soul-influenced band features an incredible live show with crazy energy, outrageous humor, and unbelievable originality. Quite a combustible recipe here!

Comic Tales’ lead singer, songwriter, and trumpeter Robert Whaley previously fronted NYC rock legends, the Niagaras. With a penchant for interpretive dancing on tabletops and hilariously satirical rants on a broken childhood, Whaley electrified national audiences with appearances on Good Morning America, the Oxygen network, and Fox. The Niagaras were a hugely popular staple of the Manhattan scene for nearly two decades, attracting celebrities, controversy, and packed houses along the way.

Seeking a return to the R&B roots that got him into music in the first place, and informed by an almost pathological aversion to anything post-1974, Whaley joined forces with pianist and arranger Aaron Wyanski, industry veteran Pete O'Connell on bass, and longtime Niagaras drummer Dylan Wissing (Johnny Socko, Novel) to craft an organic, literate, deeply-grooving collection of semi-autobiographical songs.

Written in a tiny studio filled to bursting-with-20th Century literature, and inspired by a massive collection of obscure vinyl, Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak have managed to create a sound and a show which is both timeless and cutting-edge. The sweat-drenched performances along with the rapidly-disappearing ability to deeply engage and entertain a crowd really leave a lasting impression. Sounds like hype, until you experience it in person.

The group’s debut self-titled album is scheduled for release May 2009, on
Triple R Records (www.tripleRrecords.com).

More information, with sound files, video, and photographs can be found on:

www.comictalesoftragicheartbreak.com

www.myspace.com/comictalesoftragicheartbreak

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HERE'S WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT

Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak:

It was a performance Jim Morrison would have loved. Lunacy? Spectacle? And music too??

Rene Chun, New York Times

...the best show I've seen in months. It was a fit of deliberate performance that riveted every eye...

Dan Aquilante, New York Post

...A high-turbo blend of manic songs and clever and whacked out improv. Robert

Discography

COMIC TALES OF TRAGIC HEARTBREAK, on Triple R Records (www.tripleRrecords.com)

Set List

We do mostly original material, but throw in some Motown/Stax soul covers. The set length are what is best for whatever room we're performing in. It usually ends up being approximately an hour to ninety minutes long.

Two Typical Sets:

1. FEELS A LITTLE BIT LIKE LOVE
2. IT’S ALL A BIG BLUR
3. SHADOWS
4. IT'S BEEN AGES
5. CAN'T DO WITHOUT YOU
6. THIS IS HOW I TURNED OUT
7. All THE LIVING CREATURES
8. COMIC TALES
9. EMERALDS
10. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FALL OUT OF LOVE W/YOU
11. BABY STEPS
12. EARTH BELONGS TO THE LIVING

1. PROOFREADER
2. STOP AT ALL THE STATIONS
3. HONEY LOVE
4. A KIND OF ANSWERED PRAYER
5. LITTLE ATTACHMENTS
6. WORD GETS AROUND
7. DRESSING UP
8. MAYBE I’LL LEAVE TOWN
9. SURRENDER
10. ENCHANTMENT
11. SPELL IT OUT
12. MAKING MY NIGHTLY Call
13. GOOD NIGHT