The Vinyl Skyway

The Vinyl Skyway


Boston Globe calls their new release FROM TELEGRAPH HILL "a headphone record of exquisitely crafted pop." Alternative rock driven by pop and folk influences, brilliant original songs with an emphasis on lush sonic landscapes, and an old-school approach to analog recording.


The Vinyl Skyway's new album "From Telegraph Hill" is a grassroots effort that has been praised by local and national press outlets including the Boston Globe, who describe it as a "breakthrough record of exquisitely crafted pop." The band's lush sound is also lauded by Boston rock critic Jonathan Perry as "summery music in the vein of the Thrills, the Pernice Brothers, or Lindsey Buckingham-era Fleetwood Mac." For an unsigned band with very little in the way of marketing support or distribution, this is a remarkable release that features a melodic brand of rock emphasizing vocals with dense harmonies, gleaming guitar licks, and crafty original pop songs performed and put together impeccably well. Half of the album was mixed by Paul Q Kolderie (Hole, the Pixies, Morphine).

Since releasing "From Telegraph Hill" in January of this year, The Vinyl Skyway have performed shows in New York, San Francisco and home-base Cambridge, MA (where they completed a monthlong February residency at the Lizard Lounge). The group also shot a video for the single "Deadly" with the burgeoning San Francisco film director Lensci Angel. Recently runners-up in ZigZag's Band Competition, the Vinyl Skyway are eagerly planning a tour of the U.S. in the fall of 2007. They were recently selected to play and record with Baltic Recording Studio in Scandanavia (details forthcoming).

The Vinyl Skyway includes five members who reside in both Boston and San Francisco including lead singer/songwriter Michael Hayes, lead guitarist and songwriter Andy Santospago, drummer Booth Hardy (also of High Diving Horses and pictured above), bassist Rob Pevitts and keyboardist Dave Lieb (also of the Rudds). Most of the band met while cutting their teeth on alt-country pop stylings of Lemonpeeler (who perform infrequently with ancillary guitarist and singer-songwriter Jim Eddy).

The Vinyl Skyway was formed in 2003, giving way to a self-titled debut released a year later by the group's founders, Hayes and Santospago. It was called one of the year’s best local releases of 2004 (Boston Phoenix), earning airplay from the nationally respected show Morning Becomes Eclectic (Nic Harcourt) and featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. With a steady stream of support from new fans and critics alike, and a burgeoning college radio following in the U.S.A., "From Telegraph Hill" is earning a reputation as one of 2007's finest independent releases.

The Vinyl Skyway are crafting new material for their third release in 2008 (to be made available on USB Stick and vinyl). They are hoping to find label support and distribution for future endeavors.


Hangin' On

Written By: Michael Hayes

Who cut you down outside the bar?
With a steel blue pipe beneath his arm
it's been almost 13 weeks gone by
who cut you down and left you cold?

Making good on bets you had blown
Cutting through the flesh they had sewn
It was just last night they checked you in
Wiped you down and threw your booze away

Baby hold on, it's just too much
you hanging on
Baby don't go. You're just too strong.
They had a gun, and now you're done.

Watch yourself the spotlight turns you on, but if you fly too high it's sure to bring you down. Wallflowers die someday, you know? But you can wait, you can wait. You can wait a little longer.


Written By: Michael Hayes

It's come clear that I have passed a wave of mediatic crazed sensation. I don't wanna join that soft parade. Sometimes it gets so lonely.

Dead in America,
bled in America,
red in America

And your five and dimes will all collapse.
Hang your children out to dry.
Here's an honest observation:
It's just a lie.

Nine to six, they showed you roast the dead. What's showing on your tele? Radiating mandates to your head. And mine is smashed to pieces baby.

Dead in America (fucking deadly),
bled in America,
red in America


January, 2007: Vinyl Skyway "From Telegraph Hill"
February, 2005: contributor to Todd Thibaud "Northern Skies"
October, 2004: Vinyl Skyway (self-titled)
January, 2003: Lemonpeeler "The Woolly Sessions"
January, 2001: Lemonpeeler "The First Time"
October, 1998: Everything Else "7 song EP"
July, 1997: Michael Hayes "How it Feels"

Set List

Mostly original songs; obscure covers include the Association, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Oasis, the Zombies, the Beach Boys, Son Volt, Teenage Fanclub, Stone Roses, Wilco, Elliott Smith, Beatles, Kinks, Gorky's Zygotic Myncie, Freedy Johnston, the Immortals.