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Dom Liberati

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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"Dom Liberati: Valley Native Explores the Human Condition"

By RICH GIBSON, The Left Lane


Dom Liberati can’t be certain what path his musical career may travel.

But this much is certain: the 21-year-old valley native already has a distinctive resume.

Earlier this year, Liberati, with a little help from some of his closest friends, released an impressive debut CD, “Humans.”

All 12 songs on the record were composed by Liberati, a self-proclaimed major fan of legendary Brit rockers, The Police. I’m guessing Sting would relate to “Humans,” considering the disc features both straight-ahead and melodic rock.

It’s immediately apparent Liberati has a keen ear for melody and catchy hooks, prominently displayed on the album’s opening track, “From The Start.” I count at least four or five tunes well-crafted to fit a radio playlist. Obviously, that’s the idea.

As a result, Liberati has put his marketing skills to work, shipping copies of the CD to regional stations. Additionally, he’s playing a few live dates including an appearance this Saturday night at Generation’s in Wheeling.

There, Dom shares the stage with a pair of Morgantown-based bands: Jeremy Batten and the Say No Mores along with Derrick McKee. Liberati and his band will be taking Generation’s outdoor stage around 8:30 or shortly thereafter.

No stranger to the local music scene, Dom and best buddy BC Taylor were at the forefront of “The Way,” a band founded at the beginning of the decade. “The Way” opened for the likes of Pittsburgh rocker Donnie Iris and one of the tri-state’s favorite sons, BE Taylor, father of BC.

Liberati eventually hooked up with another valley music guru, guitarist Rick Witkowski who co-produced ‘Humans” with Dom.

“At some point, you just have to say to yourself: ‘Go for it.’ That’s pretty much how (the new record) became a reality,” Liberati explained.

There’s a winning combination of writing and singing on “Humans.” including the disc’s fifth song, “LAX,” the three-letter airport code for Los Angeles.

“From atop those clouds/It was so clear that/And I’m so scared/My last words to you may be my last.”

Joining Liberati and Taylor who plays drums is guitarist Chris Price whose playing highlights eight of the record’s songs.

“Humans” was recorded locally at Weirton and Belmont, not far from Liberati’s alma mater, Union Local High. Ironically, another UL product, Greg Dutton is chief singer/songwriter for Pittsburgh-based Lohio, a band featured in the Left Lane earlier this summer.

Liberati’s talents, of course, are not confined to the studio and stage. This fall, he’s ticketed as starting quarterback for the Malone College Pioneers in Canton.

“It kind of takes people by surprise,” Dom laughs. “Football fans come up and say, ‘What? You also play rock and roll?’ And music fans say, ‘What? You also play football?’”

Liberati’s family ties include a healthy dose of both sports and the arts. “Everything starts with my family. I can’t describe how supportive they’ve been helping me achieve my dreams.”

Dom heads back to college shortly. At Malone, he’ll concentrate on directing the Pioneers’ offense. At the same time, his bass guitar will be stationed nearby.

“I guess it’s a little unique, but I totally enjoy mixing the two,” he advised.

Liberati, incidentally, designed his own website (www.domliberati.com) where fans and readers can learn more and stay posted on Dom’s live performances. - The Times Leader Ticket (Rich Gibson)


"Taxi review of the song "Humans""

"The words touch on very relatable emotions and convey a timely and positive message - 'fill the atmosphere with love' - indeed!" - TAXI


"Rick Witkowski on Dom's latest release"

The things that have always struck me about Dom are his creative abilities, his great ear, and his intuition in creating parts for songs that greatly enhance the material. - Rick Withkowski - Producer/Touring Musician


Discography

"Humans" (LP) - released March 2007
"Buried " (Expose Your Muse Compilation) - released March 2008
"The Frailty EP" - released August 2008
"Love Holds It Down" - released November 2009

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It is rare to see the beginnings of a movement, yet looking around at the audience when Dom Liberati leaves a stage, it is clear to everyone that they experienced something great. You can feel the energy and anticipation for more of his music, Liberati has no problem leaving fans wanting more…his ex-quarterback good looks and small town charm added to the mix make it impossible for Dom to leave without an encore. The much-anticipated album, The Good Hurt is practically demanded now by Dom Liberati’s fans and the LA community. So as the finishing touches of the album are taking place, let me introduce you to Dom Liberati.

A musician since age 12, Liberati got the break of a lifetime in 2009 when Activision chose to use his song “Love Holds it Down” for their massively successful Guitar Hero games. Since the success of this single, you can find Liberati frequently playing legendary venues of Hollywood including The House of Blues and Whisky A Go-Go. While the uniqueness of a bassist/front man can be a challenge, Dom Liberati effortlessly grabs your attention. His seasoned stage presence is owed to Liberati’s background as a touring and session bassist since he was 16. His band also showcases Tony Solis on guitar, whose previous credits includes playing with Don Henley and John Legend; and on drums B.C. Taylor, Liberati’s cousin, has an unrivaled history of playing with Dom. The combination of history and talent that makes up this trio provides for a performance you’ll be replaying in your head for days. Whether you met Dom Liberati from Guitar Hero or his live shows, you’ll be pleased to hear you can find him on tour this fall promoting his upcoming album, The Good Hurt.

Liberati’s sound pays homage to his influences blending The Police with Jimmy Eat World and Kings of Leon. The jam band spirit heard live takes it to another level; you may even be lucky enough to witness collaborations with national recording artists The Daylights. Liberati’s lyrics will have you reminiscing past loves and exploring the journey of self-awareness. Liberati’s new collaborations include the golden touch of producer Michael Linney (credits: Toby Mac, Michael W. Smith, Ke$ha) The Good Hurt is Liberati’s way of showing the world that he is here to stay, so world get ready to listen.

- Allie White