THE VANDELLES

THE VANDELLES

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Alfred Hitchcock dreamt of the Beach Boys playing Spacman 3 through the JAMC's equipment in the early sixties. Blast your brain with white-capped fuzz and kill your rock & roll blues.

Biography

Over the course of the past five years or so, The Vandelles have come to command their own corner in the local music scene. They occupy a territory that covers the Pulp-rock stylings of early Jesus and Mary Chain colliding with a sandy island of slinky hula riffs and harmonic dissonance. The bands roots are in New Brunswick, where they formed during their college years, from the members of two separate bands. Soon after, they found themselves playing in Texas with The Black Angels, but have since relocated to Brooklyn. They emote California style to the max, like a beached orphan of X, making their eastern seaboard ties all the more remarkable.

The band features an all-female rhythm section, Lindsey and Honey bash out thunderous riffs while Jasno squeals feed-backing solos, all set to tropical-themed rear projections. They take all of the beach vibes of a Ventures record and run them through a static cracked sound wave, adding a gleaming finish to their vintage approach to both songwriting and sonic allocation. They come on like a hazy dream, full of just the right amount of nostalgia to get the senses up and running.

Their first EP grabbed them an MTV spot, as well as countless live shows, including a pre-SXSW southeast tour with The Warlocks that brought them through seven different states and culminated at the Austin Pych Fest. August 2010 they released their first full length "Del Black Aloha" dubbed "Noir Rock and Roll" with the cult hits Lovely Weather - which was featured on ABC's Body of Proof October 11th 2011 - and Bomb the Surf featured in several films and most recently in EA Games Need for Speed The Run released November 15th 2011.

The Vandelles were a headlining act at Iceland Airwaves 2010 dubbed "the coolest band from America to play the festival". In 2011 they played 2 official showcases at SxSw in support of their "Summer Fling" EP released March 14th 2011. Their sophomore LP titled Strange Girls Don't Cry was released August 6th 2012, and one month later the band found themselves touring with the Jesus and Mary Chain to sold out crowds with both girls singing "Just Like Honey" on different nights of the tour.

In the spring and summer of 2013 The Vandelles toured separately with The Warlocks, The Telescopes, and Ume. In September they decided to take a break from the road to begin work on their third album and followup to Strange Girls, but that break is over now! The Vandelles will tour South America in July 2014 and then head to Europe in the fall before dropping their new yet unnamed album. The sound of this album with be a cross between American Hardcore of the brutal late 80's Seattle scene, the Surf tones and styling of Link Wrey, and the vocal harmonies of Buddy Holly. Think early Raveonettes Meets early Nirvana, and played by Dick Dale.

Lyrics

California Killer

Written By: .

cruisin down the highway goin sixty six/ tryin to find another way to get my fix/ left my baby girl down in san antone/
left her down in valley where that warm wind blows

dashin through the desert goin much too fast/ dreamin of a reason cause this love wont last/ california beach is the place to be/ but this cowboy killer's got some plans for me

And I know to go/ and I know

Starin down the valley at the setting sun/ starin down the barrel at my baby's gun/ california beatch is teh place to be/ but this cowboy killer's got the eye for me, yea

And I know to go, and I know

Bad Volcano

Written By: .

Get me on the road or get me behind the wheel/ tell me you could die well I know just how you feel/ come on lets ride

Tell me you could die well I know just how you feel/ rubber's in your nose it's the only thing that's real/ get me on the road

Discography

THE VANDELLES EP (October 2007)
Safranin Sound (US)
1. Fever of the Beat
2. Swell to heaven
3. Die for it Cowboy
4. Lovely Weather
5. Dead Wave
*This ep included a secret track - a cover of bjm's "not if you were the last dandy"

DEL BLACK ALOHA (Limited Edition 300 Print)
March 2009, Self Released
Dash 'N Dive
Get Down
Lovely Weather
Roving Rex
Going Downtown (demo)
Chain Walking
Fever Of the Beat
Blue La Strip
Bomb the Surf
California Killer (demo)
Die for it Cowboy
Die for it (reprise)
Bad Volcano (demo)

THE VANDELLES EP (Jan 2010)
SVC Records (UK and EU)
1. Lovely Weather
2. Swell To Heaven
3. Die For It Cowboy
4. Fever of the Beat
5. Dead Wave
+extra track

DEL BLACK ALOHA (Official Release)
July 2010 physical print, August 2010 iTunes Worldwide - Self Released
Dash N Dive
Get Down
Lovely Weather
Roving Rex
Going Downtown
Chain Walking
Fever of the Beat
Blue LA Strip
Bomb the Surf
California Killer
Die For It Cowboy
Bad Volcano

SUMMER FLING (hand screened print - exclusive SxSw 2011 giveaway)
1. Get Around
2. My Time
3. Summer FLing
4. Aloha From Hell (The Cramps cover)
5. Losing Touch With My Mind (Spaceman3 cover)

SUMMER FLING (itunes EP, March 14th 2011)
1. Get Around
2. My Time
3. Summer Fling

Strange Girls Don't Cry (Digital release August 6th 2012)
1. I'm Way Ahead of You
2. Double H
3. Good Boys Don't Lie
4. Strange Girls Don't Cry
5. Nocturnal
6. All Aloha
7. Way Through You
8. Miles Away
9. Into the City
10. Never See the Summer Again

You Turn Me (Free Digital Single October 24th 2012)
Original song "You Turn Me On" written by Beat Happening

Swell To Heaven (Free Digital Single June 2013)

Strange Girls Don't Cry (Physical release with Moon Sounds Records July 2013) 

1. I'm Way Ahead of You
2. Double H
3. Good Boys Don't Lie
4. Strange Girls Don't Cry
5. Nocturnal
6. All Aloha
7. Way Through You
8. Miles Away
9. Into the City 
10. Never See the Summer Again

Singles released by Moon Sounds to support the album are "Deep in the Desert" and "NY Kids" which was also a Converse Rubber Tracks single promoted by Converse and used in their campaigns for 2013.

Set List

I'm Way Ahead of You
Strange Girls Don't Cry
All Aloha
Good Boys Don't Lie
Way Through You
Dash n Dive
lovely weather
Dead Wave
Losing Touch With My Mind (spacemen 3)

Get Down

Die For It Cowboy

You Turn Me (Beat Happening)