The Successful Failures

The Successful Failures

 Trenton, New Jersey, USA
BandRockAmericana

In 2010 the NJ indie rock band, The Successful Failures, continue to deliver everything great about organic, roaring, kicking, melodic indie rock with their new album, "Three Nights". SF play blue collar rock: loud, honest, real.

Biography

"With Trenton’s Dipsomaniacs on extended hiatus, Mick Chorba’s “other band” has become his priority, and they’re even better. They replicate the Dips’ energy and melodic thrust, but the ‘Failures third LP again indulges a wider scope. Three opens with folk-pop, takes three more valid excursions into country-rock shakers (“College Scholarship Blues,” “All You Had,” “Any Ol’ Thing”), and kicks ass on a harmonica-blazing rave-up, “Scream”—reminding oldsters of that forgotten word “repertoire.” Beyond that, proving that 2007’s cheekily-titled Ripe for the Burning was no fluke, Three is another sweet treat for lovers of recent Sloan, Pleased to Meet Me Replacements, Matthew Sweet, Velvet Crush, Mike Ness, and Cheap Trick (whose “Surrender” lyric “Got my Kiss records out” is referenced cleverly on “Houston, We Have a Drinking Problem”). Besides, the ensemble’s arrangements (piano a plus) and harmonies allow for lighter touches to tickle backgrounds, even while one falls anew for the band’s bread ‘n’ butter bold ‘n’ bursting big guitar power-pop prowess, on hotfoot treats such as “Armadillo Boy,” “Fletcher,” and the buzzing title track. Take it from a long-ago native—New Jersey can rock." (by Jack Rabid in Big Takeover, 2010)

Rock and roll. Two guitars, a bass, drums. Keep it loud; keep it honest. Guitars sound best through old tube amplifiers. Whenever possible get it done in under three minutes. The Successful Failures set out a few years back with these understandings. Now in 2010 this NJ band continues to bring back everything great about organic, roaring, kicking, melodic indie rock with their new album, Three Nights.

With a name borrowed from a Jack London short story (“Minions of Midas”) and a blue collar attitude, the Successful Failures have released three full length albums, one Ep, and one 3-song iTunes exclusive single since its inception in 2006. The band has toured regionally (with stops in Chicago, Madison, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Knoxville, NYC, Philadelphia, Richmond, Morgantown WV and more), recorded in Knoxville, TN with Superdrag drummer turned producer Don Coffey Jr, and contributed several songs to a variety of compilations.

Originally an alt country/lo-fi side project for Mick Chorba (of Dipsomaniacs) this NJ band has evolved into a full blown rock force – mixing Superchunkish blasts of indie-rock with Americana and jangly pop influences. Chorba, along with bandmates Ron Bechamps, Rob Martin and John Williams share a diverse love of all things good in music – Beatles, Cash, Hank Williams, The Clash, Ramones, Steve Earle, The Replacements, and the like . The band’s sound falls somewhere between groups such as Guided by Voices and The Shins mixed with the rock n roll attitude of bands like the Supersuckers and Social Distortion.

The Failures pride themselves not only on their workhorse attitude but on the inherent melodies and hooks in their songs. Chorba has proved to be a prolific songwriter – keeping it simple, keeping it honest. The Successful Failures plan to release a second album of country-fried SF tunes in 2010 under the moniker of their alter-ego, The Real Defenders of the Acropolis, while continuing to tour in support of Three Nights.

Lyrics

Bridges Over the Delaware

Written By: Mick Chorba

So many ways to go
So many roads to the same old places
I think a lot about it
I thought about letting you know
I thought about letting you know

So many bridges to see
So many miles of this same old river
I think a lot about it
I thought about letting you know
I thought about letting you know

Nary a mountain to see
like so many lines but no good movies
I think a lot about it
I thought about letting you know
I thought about letting you know

What You Are

Written By: Mick Chorba

You are what you are when you're in Rome
As you are what you are when you're at home

You are what you are in tempo
As you are what you are out of time
You are what you are in the temple
As you are what you are in the bar

You are what you are under the Thames
As you are what you are under St. James

You are what you are in tempo
As you are what you are out of time
You are what you are in the temple
As you are what you are in the bar

Discography

1. 2006 - The Successful Failures - self titled debut (12 songs)
2. 2007 - The Successful Failures - Bridges Over the Delaware (5 song ep)
3. 2007 - The Successful Failures - Ripe for the Burning (12 songs)
4. 2008 - The Successful Failures - Time to Sell (3 songs digital only single)
5. 2010 - The Successful Failures - Three Nights (12 songs)

Set List

Typical set list includes any and all songs from our 5 major releases. The band is currently recording a new CD and have been playing those tunes as well. She SF catalog is over 50 original songs and growing fast. The band will often cover songs by a wide variety of artists including Social Distortion, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, the Beatles, Superdrag, Simon and Garfunkel, Nada Surf, Supersuckers, the Replacements and many more.