The Tangents
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The Tangents

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
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"Tom Morello, Stone Gossard's Brad, Billy Bragg and Steve Earle Inject Woody Guthrie Tribute With Political Tones"

The concert, a benefit for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, also included sets by the reunited Brad (with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard), and Steve Earle...And the Tangents, a teen band with Robbins’ son Miles on bass, opened the show with an impressively professional set of energetic, keyboard-heavy pop tunes. - RollingStone Magazine


Our Debut LP "New Amsterdam" is due to be released by the end of the summer.



In 2002, Twelve-Year-Old classmates Miles Robbins, Leo Singer, and Nate Chumley started a band called "Radio Silent". At first we were just having fun, playing cover songs at talent shows and school assemblies, but slowly, with the help of Jeff Peretz of Third Street Music School, we began to find a sound of our own. In 2005 we began to take it seriously, adding Xander Shepherd to the line up, Recording our first batch of original songs, and changing our name to "The Tangents." Now, years later, we are one of the prominent young bands in New York City music.

Growing up in New York with such a proximity to so many great artists, we have always been blessed with connections to great friends and influences within the entertainment industry. We were thrilled to play at the Woody Guthrie HDSA Benefit in 2007 alongside Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, and Tom Morello. We also had the pleasure of playing alongside one of our greatest inspirations, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, at one of our first headlining gigs, when he joined us onstage for a cover of "All Along the Watchtower."

In 2007, we finally found our true sound, a kind of culmination of our different musical influences. Leo, who's original instrument is the Cello, allowed his classical training to become present in his love for rock and roll, and brought it to his guitar playing. Nate brought a kind of "The Strokes" style to his drumming. Xander began emulating The Springsteen era of classic rock with his piano and organ playing. And Miles' admiration of Jeff Tweedy brought a Wilco'y tone to his songwriting.

From November of 2008 to June of 2009 we were working on our debut album, which is currently being mastered. The album, called "New Amsterdam," is due to release later this summer. In the next year we are hoping to support the record with live shows in different cities. But because New York City is our hometown, as well as much of the inspiration for "New Amsterdam," we are looking to really cement our position in the New York City music scene.