the tell alls

the tell alls

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The Tell Alls play a diverse blend of melodic pop-rock that has sparked broad comparisons (Tom Petty to Tommy Keene, helped along by Buono's 'hook-oriented' songwriting style). Whether performing as a full "electric" band, or as a stripped down 3-piece (upright Bass/drums), they are a dynamic band.

Biography

The Tell Alls-Bio

The Tell Alls full length debut CD, entitled 'Feeding Frenzy', was released on May 2, 2006 on their own indie start-up label Journeyman Records.

Signing on producer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Oliver Future, Army Navy, Juliana Hatfield, Helium), multi-instrumentalist Ken Buono had the luxury of time to craft his hook-laden pop/rock songs in the indie-friendly environment of Brooklyn-based 'Fireproof Studio' (now located on the West coast).

From a series of treks down the PA Turnpike into New York, the recording process proved to be a testament of Buono's determination not to fall flat on his face, out to prove his worth as a songwriter (more than just the drummer that he is most recognized as throughout indie-music circles: The Trolleyvox, Buzz Zeemer, Grand, Flight of Mavis).

For a period of two years, on-and-off through multiple 3-day recording sessions, Buono and Lasus teamed up to produce an album of many dimensions, bringing well deserved praise within the press (see reviews:
http://www.www.allmusic.com
http://www.amplifiermagazine.com/reviews/cds/the_tell_alls_cd.php).

In the 90's, Buono cut his teeth playing drums in the Philadelphia-area band Flight of Mavis. Lead by the songwriting talents of Frank Brown (Dave McElroy-bass), FOM released their self-titled debut and quickly gained recognition for their live show as an energetic three-piece. Soon after releasing their follow up EP 'Spools', they added guitarist Mike Brenner (Marah, Slo-Mo featuring Mike Wrecka, Low Road), rounding out their sound for live shows, as well as studio recording. As the result of being passed on by the major record labels, FOM eventually called it quits in 1993.

Rising from the ashes of FOM came Buzz Zeemer. Essentially, the original members of FOM that continued on under a different name. The band released it's debut cd entitled 'Plaything' in 1995. THey also found there way into regular rotation on the University of Pennsylvania radio station 88.5 WXPN (also being invited to performing at their annual 'singer/songwriter festival' in '96). Again, the majors turned a blind eye and the band went under.

Continuing on his musical journey, Buono teamed up with long time friend in the Philly music scene Andrew Chalfen to play drums in his new band venture The Trolleyvox. Enlisted by Chalfen to help propel his 60's style musical muse, Buono's range of influence behind the kit is most likely displayed best here throughout The Trolleyvox catalog (Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts rolled up into one).

He also picked up playing with another philly-based band called Dragstrip Courage. This band was driven by songwriter Jason Karaban. They changed their name to Grand and landed a demo-deal with Madonna's Maverick label. Recording in famed Ardent Studio's in Memphis, TN (working with producer John Hampton), the band seemed on their way to bigger thing. Well, the label decided to pass on the band, but they continued on and made a full length record (eventually released by start up label Ascend Records). Without the proper touring, the band broke up soon there after.

As a drummer, Buono has shared the stage, in support, for many headlining acts: Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Strummer, Buzzcocks, Sinead O' Connor, Del Amitri, NRBQ, Bo Deans, Cheap Trick, and Squeeze.

With The Tell Alls, he has shown that he can hold his own, taking center stage out from behind the drum kit (Dave Grohl anyone?!), along with respected colleagues by his side, to showcase the band's undeniable talents.

Since hooking up that U-Haul trailer straight out of High School, making that cross-country trip from East to West coast in his brother's Dodge Challenger, Buono has never looked back in his journey in showcasing his talents.

From past to present, and all points in between, Buono has been making music with hopes of connecting with those that matter most..THE MUSIC FAN!

Lyrics

Start a Commotion

Written By: Ken Buono

you got us psyched to the 9's
and we've been waiting a long time
we'll get your back to the wall
say "Hey", can ya answer the call?

total access denied
we'll bowl ya over, like red wine
then chase it down with your blood
know what they say 'bout no lost love

what ya say
let's start a commotion

Let tear it up....

ya see we're bigger than life
think have your way,
well don't bet your life
when we play out the scenes
we'll get it on 'til we get it right

what ya say
let's start a commotion

let's show 'em up...

chorus
vamp

Through a Veil

Written By: Ken Buono

TELL ME WHAT'S YOUR NAME?
AND THE THOUGHTS YOU ENTERTAIN
AS WE WALK THE HALLS
LIT SHADOWS IN THE DARK
ONCE WERE DAYS CREME BRULEE

IS THERE A HALL OF FAME
FOR ASKEWED PHILOSOPHY
BEND YOUR WAY, CONTORT
STREAM OF KAOS IN THE STORM
BUT NOT TOO LATE

LET THE RAIN POWER THE FALLS
BRING A REVELATION
TO THE DAWN OF NEW DAY
YOUR VOICE CORDS QUIVER

THROUGH A VEIL OF FALLACY
YOU GIVE IN, YOU GAVE
ALL THE PROMISES YOU MADE
THROUGH A VEIL OF FALLACY

YOU ALWAYS DEATH DEFY
WITH THE PROMISE WILL ARRIVE
STILL IN ALL AMAZED
RIGHT THERE IS WHERE YOU STAY
BUT NOT TOO LATE

YOU'VE GOT A REACH SO ELONGATE, DISTORTED
DON'T KID YOURSELF BABY
LIKE FOUND LOST TREASURE..
IT'S YOURS TO TAKE

chorus

Can't Forget

Written By: Ken Buono

LATER ON
MEET ME WHEN YOU'RE GETTIN' OFF
AND IF YOU SHOW
I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING MAY HAVE NEVER KNOWN..

JUMP THE GUN
YOUR PRISON BARS KEEP ME FROM
MOVIN' ON
I'M YOUR AWOL PRISONER ON THE RUN

TO SEE YOU NOW
IN HEAVENS NAME WE WERE YOUNG....AT AN AGE
COME SEE 'EM NOW, GO ALL THE WAY
THE PLANS WE MADE

I CAN'T FORGET
NIGHT'S TOGETHER DUST TO DAWN
WAS SO LUCK....
SO WRONG TO KEEP YOU HANGIN' ON....HANGIN' ON

SO I RUN
BLAZE MY WAY BACK TO YOUR ARMS
I'M HALF THE SUM
YOUR MY CROWNIN' JEWEL I NEED & WANT
JUST THINK ON BACK TO THOSE SUMMER DAYS & NIGHT, WE'D LAY
ON THE SANDY SHORES, OFF OF 7S
THE WAVES WE MADE

I CAN'T FORGET

SHE'S PURE HONEY
MY GLISTENIN' ANGEL IN THE SUN
THERE'S NO FUN IN THESE GAMES WE PLAY...GOT ME ON THE RUN

solo

CAN'T FORGET
NIGHTS & DAYS, I NEED & WANT
CAN'T FORGET
I'LL ALWAYS KEEP YOU IN MY HEART

I CAN'T FORGET

Stitch in Time

Written By: Ken Buono

I KNOW WE'VE BEEN SEEIN'
STARS IN OUR EYES, OLD TO NEW
FORTUNES BEEN HANGIN' ON TO
SUCH A DREAM
BURNS OUT TOO FAST
AND TIME NEVER WAITIN' TO ASK
JUST WELL UP ALL TO PASS DOWN STREAM

FALL THOSE TEARS, ALL TO DRY
(WASH AWAY)
OFF THE TO FIND A STITCH IN TIME

BEEN LOCKED INSIDE A WHIRL
WHERE THOUGHTS LIKE A TOSS TO A TURN
STILL IDOLS OF CLAY WILL BURN JUSTLY

THEY'LL FORCE FEED YOU LIES
JUST A BOY WITH WOLF LEFT TO CRY
AND A LONGING TO WIPE FROM YOUR EYES

ALL THOSE TEARS, LET 'EM DROWN
(WASH AWAY)
OFF TO FIND A STITCH IN TIME

FALL, LET FALL....AND WASH AWAY

Season of Joy

Written By: Ken Buono

THERE'S ONLY ONE THEY'LL CALL
A SEASON OF JOY FOR ALL
REJOICE IN THE DAY THAT CHRIST WAS BORN

AND SO HIS CHILDREN SING
AND WITH THE GIFTS THEY'LL BRING OF LOVE
THE WORD IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY

SING ALLELUIA

THERE IN A MANGER LAYS
(THERE HE LAYS..OUR KING)
A VISION OF GLORY
A CHILD IS BORN IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY

SING ALLLELUIA

Always Love

Written By: Ken Buono

Always Love- (K. Buono)

stand here before you, take me for your own
you've taught me better ways to love
as for the former days, just drifted on
all of our tomorrow's say

I'll lead you
I'll feed you
for you always pray
I'll hold you, indulge you
til our spirits reign
I'll meet you, always need you
ya, I'll treasure each day
Always love
ya come what may

solo

chorus

music & lyrics written by Ken Buono
@2010 Hi Fi Grato, ASCAP
all rights reserved
reproduction of lyrics is prohibited

Discography

'Feeding Frenzy'-LP, 2006/Journeyman Record, JR-19
"Always Love"-MP3 download release-2010/Journeyman Records/CD Freedom
'Wear Your Crown'-EP 2007/Journeyman Records, JR-20
'Bright Lights of Christmas'-EP 2008/Journeyman Records, JR-21
"Glow"- 2007 'All the Wild Wonders'-KeyTone Records
various posted originals-www.myspace.com/thetellalls

Set List

Start a Commotion
Ashley's Song
Stitch in Time
Through a Veil
In The Air
Can't Forget
Riches of the World
The Big Time
In the End
Wait or To Show Up
No Matter What-(cover)
Instant Karma-(cover)