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Tampa, Florida, United States

Tampa, Florida, United States
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The best kept secret in music


"TBT Concert Review"

"Just when you feel like you're in a rut, a new band comes along to shake you out of the doldrums. Palantine, led by Vinnie Cosentino of Lukali fame, is that band. With the lo-fi goodness of fuzzy guitars and catchy beats, the three-piece reinvigorates eardrums worn out by post-punk acrobatics." - Julie Garisto

"St. Pete Times Interview"

THE BAND: Vinnie Cosentino, vocals and guitar; Scott Becker, drums and vocals; and Brian Johnson, bass and vocals. They often switch off on instruments and lead vocals. Cosentino wrote the songs, played the instruments and self-produced Palantine's album, Sight and Concrete Hills, released this year. He also answered our questions.

SAME DUDES, DIFFERENT SOUND: After recording a CD on his own, Cosentino enlisted his bandmates from Lukali to play the songs live. Palantine was born. "Each of us has played with musicians from other bands, done things here and there. We enjoyed those experiences, but we always gravitate back toward each other."

COMPLEMENTS ALL AROUND: "We each have different styles at the micro level. At the macro level, we're all just hard rock. At the micro level, Brian plays stuff that has that real natural, open chords kind of appeal to it. I'm a drummer playing guitar, keep in mind. My stuff's a lot more riffy. . . . Scott's more of a technical sort of guy."

OTHER PROJECTS: Cosentino is in the Nuevos, and Becker formed Limeade.

DAY JOBS: Cosentino works as group event coordinator for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Becker does graphic and Web design, and Johnson attends Hillsborough Community College.

THEY GO WAY BACK: Lukali formed in 1994, when all three were at Plant High School in Tampa. "We started playing shows at the Voodoo Lounge with John McNicholas of Lie, Spiller, and Edison Shine and all those guys. . . . We were so young at the time. We thought it was awesome. We were playing a club. We made it! I'm still trying to stay in touch with that."

HOW PALANTINE'S SOUND CAME ABOUT: "I started messing around, actually writing songs in the style of music that I always wanted to hear, sort of that early '90s heavy alternative, influenced by the Melvins, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. . . . I feel like it was a time when it was stuff that wasn't just metal or punk. You could write serious music and put serious emotion into it, but at the same time it didn't take itself all that seriously."

DAD WAS A ROCKER: "My dad's a musician, a bass player. He played in bands in the '70s. Hard rock, blues, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath. You know, really long hair, Fu Manchu mustache. I grew up with him jamming out."

Check 'em out: At 10 p.m. Friday with Nakatomi Plaza and History, at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

[Last modified November 15, 2006, 11:23:04]

- Julie Garisto

"Weekly Planet Review"

PALANTINE CD RELEASE PARTY Palantine is the new project by Vinnie Cosentino, charter member of extremely long-running Tampa trio Lukali. His songs were/are usually my favorite Lukali tunes, because they were/are more muscular, straightforward and rocking, and Palantino doesn't skimp in that department -- the new disc Sight and Concrete Hills is full of meaty, fuzz-toned guitars and big drums. It's awesome, not to put too fine a point on it. She Screams Ambulance, The Redliners and These Green Eyes help Cosentino (and fellow Lukali members Brian Johnson and Scott Becker, who'll back him live) announce his new effort in fine indie-rock style. (Bombshell Gallery, St. Petersburg) - Scott Harrell


Sight and Concrete Hills is receiving airplay at WMNF 88.5 in Tampa, FL and MP3's are available at


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The year is 1991, I am 11 years old and I am on drums covering "War Pigs" in my very first rock band, "Lost Child" at the Paragon Rock School band showcase in Tampa, FL. This would be the beginning of a life long commitment to rock music for me that was further galvanized by the formation the alt/ indie trio Lukali in the mid 90's. Over the years Lukali has performed at the State Theater, Jannus Landing, and Masquerade in Tampa FL, in addition to venues in most major southeastern cities opening for bands like the Thermals, Burning Brides and Holopaw.

Palantine began in the fall of 2005 as a side project for me to write and record the type of songs I have always had a yearning for, loud and suspenseful with no lulls and completely sincere.