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Yonkers, New York, United States | SELF

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"TFL Named among TOP TEN ACTS of 2012 (by author of Encyclopedia of Punk)!"

"awe-inspiring!" - Go Metric! Magazine


"Tied Up in the Bronx 'er, Attic by Jessica May (12/12/11)"

Unfortunately, you’ll have to drive towards the big city to see Tied for Last, at least until the next time they’re in town. The Yonkers punk band joined The Midnightmares, Arcane Malevolence, and Pink Missile at Fiddler’s Green in Stamford on December 10th and won over a room full of metalheads that had never heard of them. Their tight performance and good sense of humor had all the bearded leather-jacket guys singing along; the hit song of the night was definitely “Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas.” Half of Stamford is still humming it three days later! - Alternative Control


"Tied For Last - NEW INTERVIEW (w/ Steve 7/25/11)"

Tied for last is a great band from New York. They have played over two hundred shows and have released two albums. They have done some touring as well. They really do put on a good show and have bunch of funs in their local scene. I got Steve to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Tied For Last is a kickass punk band from the NYC area.
I’m Steve. I sing and play guitar. As for the others:
Tommy plays guitar and sings. Pixie (Jen) plays bass and sings. And Andrew drums and sings. All of us are pains in the ass. Or loveable. I guess it depends on who you ask.

How did the band start?
With Tommy and me on acoustic guitars in my living room. Eventually, my cat got really annoyed with us, so we figured we had to find a bassist and drummer and find a real place to play.
How did you come up with the name??Anyone who doesn’t come in first is basically, tied for last. We’re not exactly the first-place type.

Who would you say are your influences?
Mine in particular? Coffee. Burlesque.
Tommy and Andrew? Nicotine, alcohol and old Wrestlemania vids.
Jen? Sparkly things and ponies (she’s a girl dontchaknow?)
Seriously - all four of us have huge appetites for all types of music, movies, cartoons, and television, but we all like different things, so it’s hard to narrow it down. Our overall sound borrows from bands like the Ramones, Cheap Trick, Nofx and Rancid, but we also listen to everything from metal to surf to rockabilly to country, so you’ll find all that somewhere in there as well.
We’ve been compared to the Vandals, early Green Day, and early Replacements, but I think I liked it best when someone described us as “a cross between NOFX, Elvis and Tom Petty.” That felt about right.

What is the punk scene like in New York?
Usually, it’s awesome! There are a hell of a lot of great bands that play any variation of punk you can think of. And because there are so many bands (punk and non-punk), and a limited number of places to play, the bands have to get good quick, or else they don’t stay around very long.
We get those who complain about how it used to be better when this club or that bar was around, but I think you get that kind of glorifying the past anywhere you go. For as long as I can remember, NYC has an audience for good punk, cool venues to play at, and a few really great bands. What more could ya ask for?
Unfortunately, we also have some folks who try and play “punk police” by labeling a band or person that they don’t like as being sellouts or somehow not “real punk.” But none of the punk bands I know are making any money doing this, so there’s no one to sell out to! Luckily, the punk police are in the small minority.

Describe the song writing process...
Even though the songs are sometimes silly, we take ‘em very seriously. Tommy and I write most of the songs separately and then bring them to the band to work out arrangements, our individual parts, and any other ideas. So we all contribute.
For me, I always start with the lyrics and once those are done, I labor to fit music around it. I think I’m always trying to prove something with the music because I’ve never had lessons, and I’m a bit insecure about my musicianship.
Tommy on the other hand, he seems to have this gift of ridiculously catchy choruses, so I think he starts there and then fills in the rest. Can you tell I’m fucking jealous?

Your first release was the 'Sorta Live' CD, tell us about the CD...
That was with our original rhythm section. We needed a demo to get gigs, but we didn’t have money to do the full-on studio thing. So we opted for a live-in-the-studio 8-track recording with no overdubs.
We recorded the entire album in one afternoon just a few months after our first show. We basically played each song in our set two or three times, and kept the best takes. It was super-cheap, and it gave us a decent enough starting point.
Because it’s live, there are a few mistakes that can be heard, and on some of the songs my voice is rawer than normal because I’d been singing all day, but on the whole, I’m happy with it. Most of the songs sound good, and because it was live, it gave a real accurate record of where we were at that point. After awhile, so many of our friends had been asking for copies that we finally just pressed the damn thing onto CDs and put it up on I-Tunes. To this day, our best-selling I-Tunes song worldwide is the cover of “Eve of Destruction” from that CD. It’s such an awesome fucking idea to think that some kid in Japan is right now listening on his I-pod to a song we recorded on a random Saturday afternoon.

You then released another CD 'KICKASS YES-MAN CORPORATE HACKS', tell us about the CD...
Our old bassist had bought a digital recorder, so we thought we’d try and record a single on our own to learn how to use the thing. If it turned out well, we figured we may do an EP. We recorded the song “Sailor” and gave it away as a Christmas present at one of our shows. The response to the recording turned out so well that we decided to try a whole album.
It was recorded in our basements and living rooms and I mixed it on my Mac (Garage Band) in my kitchen. It was as DIY as you could get – but that’s out of necessity and not choice. If ANYONE wants to give me money to record and hire a producer for me, I’m there!??It’s our first “official” studio album and I’m really fucking proud of it. For a group learning how to do all this as we went along, it came out far better than I’d hoped, and the response was all positive. One of the songs , “Achiever,” was featured in a documentary film about Lebowskifest, and another of the songs, “She Was Just a Girl” was played on Sirius/XM on Little Steven’s station, so that’s cool.

What else have you released?
We’ve released a few singles as giveaways at special shows – a few cover tunes, a Christmas song, and some originals. Because we know what we’re doing now (kinda), they sound even better than the last CD. Some of them will be remixed and end up on the new album.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
We’re closing in on having done about 200 shows at this point, and since many of our shows are on 4- or 5-band nights, the list would be overwhelming. We have played with some semi-name bands, and that’s usually cool. The biggest name we played with was Agent Orange, and not only are they a fantastic band, they were just the nicest guys. Zero bullshit, and they stayed and talked to every fan that wanted their time.

Have you toured?
We’ve toured a few times and we’ve played a bunch of out of state shows. Playing to a completely new audience is always a blast because no one knows what to expect – us or the audience. At home, we know the venues, we know the audience, and they know all the songs. On the road, most of those things are unknowns, so we have to work a little harder to win over people. We tend to be pretty good at that though.
The only real downside is that touring at this level is generally a money loss situation, so we can’t be on the road all the time.

Do you prefer small clubs or large venues?
We have no delusions about where we fit in, so my definitions of large and small are likely gonna be smaller than most people’s. That said, we have played in some very large rooms and I don’t think we really have a preference. Of course, we want the room to be crowded, because that makes it more fun for everyone. But as far as actual clubs, attitude is more important than size. Some clubs really know how to treat bands and their patrons, and some just don’t.
To be fair – lots of bands can be assholes too. But if a club treats us as friends – or at least not as adversaries – and if they treat our crowd well, we’re gonna like playing there no matter how big or small the stage and room are. If they have a built-in audience, that’s often a good indication that they know what they’re doing.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
Over the years, we’ve met and played with a lot of great bands. When you see a good band, and when the musicians are cool people, you wanna play with them as often as possible. So we’ve played a lot with bands like The Heaves (from Brooklyn), the Trakes (now defunct from PA), The Flyswatters (from NJ), and lately, we’ve been playing a lot of shows with our new friends The Bloody Muffs (also from NYC). I’m sure there are some that I’m leaving out, too. Basically, if we play a show with a band more than once, it’s a good indication that we really like playing with them and we think they’re a good band.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
Much like playing with bands often, if there’s a venue we play a lot, it’s because we like it. We’ve played the big name NYC stages for bands of our level (CBGB, Continental, etc.), and many of them are gone now, but there are always really cool places that spring up. Our current favorite is Otto’s Shrunken Head in Manhattan. It’s a punk-rock tiki bar with a great staff and a strong built-in crowd. They have good music almost every night there. Also, we like Trash Bar in Brooklyn. It’s a great punk/metal club in the middle of hipster hell (Williamsburg). We started playing Local 269 (Manhattan) recently and those shows have been fun, and we’ve always played Desmond’s Tavern in Manhattan. Desmond’s is cool because it’s an Irish pub and about as far from a traditional punk venue as you’ll find, but our crowd loves it and the staff treats us real well, so we always go back there a few times a year.

What do you see is the future of Tied for Last?
In the immediate future, we’re working on a tour for October/November. Not sure where we’re headed yet, but I think we’re gonna try and do states that we haven’t played before – maybe New England. Also, we’ve been recording tracks that will eventually be the next album. I’d say that, optimistically, we should look for that in early 2012.

How can people contact the band?
Well, we’re on the interwebs. Facebook of course (facebook.com/tiedforlast), and our own page (tiedforlast.com). Of course, they can listen to and buy recordings through I-Tunes and interpunk.com, and if they have questions about interviews, booking, or if they want any personal blackmail info, they can write us at revlina@tiedforlast.com - Punk Rock '77 Thru Today


"Punk Show Comes To Astoria Spot (6/23/11)"

Punk Show Comes To Astoria Spot
By Nicole Minieri


Prominent New York City-based punk rock band Tied For Last will cross the East River and rock the shamrock with a powerful resurgence this Friday night at Shillelagh Tavern in Astoria.

Tied for Last band members include Westchester natives, Steve Scollard (lead vocals, guitars), Tommy D’Angelo (lead guitars, vocals), Jen Chappell (bass, vocals) and Andrew Busone (drums, vocals). Created in 2001 by Scollard and D’Angelo, this hard-edged, yet urbane seasoned quartet is currently circuiting the metropolitan area promoting a jam-packed playlist containing self-penned power cord anthems and a host of new tunes from their anticipated third studio release.

While spectators can count on Tied For Last to promise and deliver their typical in-your-face crowd-pleasing gig Friday night, they can also count on the band to drop conspicuous hints of musical maturity and progression when staging new songs from their forthcoming CD. Granted, “Starring at the Bottom,” “Lead You On,” and “Jimi’s on the Radio” undeniably mimic the band’s signature PDQ sound; however, “Can’t Stop Drinking (About You),” “Hi Honey I’m Home” and “That’s How She Rolls” are some of their latest singles that clearly cue just how much this band has artistically evolved and overlapped across varying sub-genres without losing a firm grip on their punk rock roots.

“Some of the new songs invoke a bit of country, 50s style rockabilly, 60s garage rock and some have more of a raw, fast classic punk sound,” said Scollard. “Almost all of the lyrics [to these songs] have a tongue-in-cheek quality… [And] range from a tribute to roller derby girls, to sitcom dads wreaking havoc, to the Cold War, to alcohol.”

Their infectious fun attitude parlayed into lyrical hooks against a backdrop of intense stage energy – what initially helped punctuate the burgeoning band in New York City’s underground punk rock music scene. In 2004, Tied For Last released their debut CD, “Sorta Live,” a recorded live studio demo that impressively sold out multiple pressings due to fan demand and spawned “Eve of Destruction,” a classic protest song that is the bands biggest international hit to date.

By the following year, Tied For Last was featured on the line-up at major music festivals while performing to packed audiences at New York City’s finest punk Meccas, including CBGB’s and The Continental.

“I could have thrown down my guitar, never touched it again and would have been more than satisfied,” said D’Angelo, referring to playing as both landmarks bid farewell. The band’s first full-length studio CD, “Kickass Yes-Man Corporate Hacks,” was recorded and released in the traditional punk rock “DIY” manner and yielded to another significant single. The energetic catchy song, “Achiever” appeared on the movie soundtrack for the documentary film, “Over the Line: An Achiever Story,” directed by Eddie Chung in 2007. Subsequently, the band toured the eastern seaboard and was selected to be the opening act for iconic California punk/surf power trio Agent Orange.

Tied For Last has maintained its momentum since by playing regularly in mid-sized classic New York City punk rock clubs alongside camaraderie bands like The Bloody Muffs and Aunt Hildegard, in addition to receiving a considerable amount of airplay on mainstream and independent radio stations.

With the imminent release of their self-produced third studio release, the band is getting ready to kick it into high gear on the road this fall with a New England and Mid-Atlantic States tour. Plans to shoot their first formal music video for “Can’t Stop Drinking (About You)” will come to fruition once recording is complete. Although the CD is slated for an early 2012 release, live versions of some songs can be downloaded from their official Web site (tiedforlast.com) and singles will be given away at special future shows.

“We are all extremely happy with the direction the band is headed,” said Busone.

Shillelagh Tavern is located at 47-22 30th Avenue. Call (718) 728-9028 or find them on Facebook.
- Queens Tribune


"Tied For Last: Hailing NYC Punk Band Performs at Shillelagh Tavern - by Nicole Minieri 6/23/11"

New York City based prominent punk rock band Tied For Last will cross the East River and rock the shamrock with a powerful resurgence this Friday night at Shillelagh Tavern in Astoria.

Tied for Last band members include Westchester natives Steve Scollard (lead vocals, guitars), Tommy D’Angelo (lead guitars, vocals), Jen Chappell (bass, vocals) and Andrew Busone (drums, vocals). Created in 2001 by Scollard and D’Angelo, this hard-edged, yet urbane seasoned quartet is currently circuiting the metropolitan area promoting a jam-packed playlist containing self-penned power cord anthems and a host of new tunes from their anticipated third studio release.

While spectators can count on Tied For Last to promise and deliver their typical in-your-face crowd-pleasing gig Friday night, they can also count on the band to drop conspicuous hints of musical maturity and progression when staging new songs from their forthcoming CD. Granted, “Starring at the Bottom,” “Lead You On,” to “Jimi’s on the Radio,” undeniably mimic the band’s signature PDQ sound; however, “Can’t Stop Drinking (About You),” “Hi Honey I’m Home,” and “That’s How She Rolls,” are some of their latest singles that clearly cue just how much this band has artistically evolved and overlapped across varying and sub-genres without losing a firm grip on their punk rock roots.

“Some of the new songs invoke a bit of country, ’50s style rockabilly, ’60s garage rock and some have more of a raw, fast classic punk sound. Almost all of the lyrics [to these songs] have a tongue-in-cheek quality… [And] range from a tribute to roller derby girls, to sitcom dads wreaking havoc, to the Cold War, to alcohol. Thematically, there are some Cold War/Pop Culture connections and nuclear bomb/nuclear family juxtapositions as well,” explained Scollard. “We’re a little more sure of ourselves and our writing, so you can tell we’ve grown a bit musically on the newer material. But, we also wanted to keep the same fun attitude we’ve had in the past.”

Their infectious “fun attitude” parlayed into lyrical hooks against a backdrop of intense stage energy is what initially helped punctuate the burgeoning band in New York City’s underground punk rock music scene. In 2004, Tied For Last released their debut CD, Sorta Live, a recorded live studio demo that impressively sold out multiple pressings due to fan demand and spawned “Eve of Destruction,” a classic protest song that is the bands biggest international hit to date.

By the following year, Tied For Last featured on the line-up at major music festivals while performing to packed out audiences at New York City’s finest punk meccas, including CBGB’s and The Continental’s famous final concert series.

“I could have thrown down my guitar, never touched it again and would have been more than satisfied,” said D’Angelo, referring to playing at both landmarks bid farewell.

The band’s first full-length studio CD, Kickass Yes-Man Corporate Hacks, was recorded and released in the traditional punk rock “DIY” manner and yielded to another significant single. The energetic catchy song, “Achiever,” appeared on the movie soundtrack for the documentary film, Over the Line–an Achiever Story, directed by Eddie Chung in 2007. Subsequently, the band toured the eastern seaboard and was selected to be the opening act for iconic California punk/surf power trio “Agent Orange.”

Tied For Last has maintained their momentum since then by playing regularly in mid-sized classic New York City punk rock clubs alongside camaraderie bands like “The Bloody Muffs” and “Aunt Hildegard,” in addition to receiving a considerable amount of airplay on mainstream and independent radio stations. And, with the imminent release of their self-produced third studio release, the band is getting ready to kick it into high gear on the road this fall with a New England and Mid-Atlantic States tour.

“We are planning a lot more gigs to support our new CD this time around, and in places that we have not yet been too,” said Chappell.

Plans to shoot their first formal music video for “Can’t Stop Drinking (About You)” will come to fruition once recording is complete. Although the CD is slated for an early 2012 release, live versions of some songs can be downloaded from their official website and press singles will be given away at special future shows.

“We are all extremely happy in the direction the band is headed,” said Busone.

If Tied For Last continues to stretch their musicality to the outer limits while preserving their core just like The Ramones, who pioneered simple stripped down sounds with elements of pop accompanied by unconventional lyrics all crammed in two-minute songs that ignited the entire punk rock movement, then as history would have, Tied For Last, will certainly last.

Yet when asked how they would like their band to go down in punk rock history, Busone replied, “As four failed comedians playing in a band!”

For more information on the band visit their website at www.tiedforlast.com - LONG ISLAND PRESS


"Punk Is Alive and Well and Living in Yonkers! (1/6/07)"

Tied For Last (myspace.com/tiedforlast) - regardless of their name - takes first place. Come on. Who would've guessed that punk love was thriving in the burbs of Yonkers? Not I.

Imagine if Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Joey Ramone (the Ramones), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols/P.I.L.) and Mick Jones (the Clash/B.A.D.) were to have an orgy that resulted in a punk love child. That little dude, or chick, would be Tied For Last.

While most of the songs played were originals, they did pay homage to the Monkees' with a punk cover of "Pleasant Valley Sunday." They did to this song what Social Distortion did to the Stones' "Under My Thumb." They rocked it with their cock out, and made no apologies.

Towards the end of their attitude-infused, highly-energetic, hook-filled set, the crowd wanted more and was on their knees begging like a dog at the dinner table for a bone. Tied For Last obliged and fed their craving with the only other song they knew/practiced .. a little Christmas ditty .. John Denver's "Please Daddy (don't get drunk this christmas)." Yeah b****es, i bet you wish you were there for that one.

***pics from the show can be found at flickr.com/photos/mymusicalcrush - MyMusicalCrush.com


"Interview w/ HARASS MUSIC (5/30/07)"

Here's the original link:

http://www.myspace.com/harassmusic

Go to "Interviews" and scroll down.

originally posted May 28th, 2007

1. How long have you been a band for? Have there been any line-up alterations?

Tommy and Steve met up and started playing together and writing songs in summer 2001. By the following spring we had gotten John Geller (aka Kisco Slim) and our first bassist, and were playing out. We've had one interim drummer, and there were three bassists prior to Jen. We've had the current lineup for almost a year, and it's unquestionably our strongest.


2. You released your CD this year - how well is that doing?

We're thrilled at the response its gotten. We've received a lot of really positive feedback, reviews and airplay, and the really interesting part is that
it's not just in the US. We've sold copies and gotten airplay in the UK, Canada, Australia, pretty much all over the world. That's sort of mind-blowing that people are playing your music from Mexico to Germany to Russia to

3. Which is the biggest gig you've done - what was it like?

The biggest/best known gig was probably LebowskiFest NYC 2005 at the Knitting Factory. It was a blast because the band members have a real affinity for The Big Lebowski, and to have been in any way associated with it was really friggin' cool. Also, it got us coverage in our local newspaper and plus our music is on a soundtrack about the movie with bands such as My Morning Jacket

We also played CBGB and The Continental in each of the clubs' last weeks of existence. To be among the last bands to play those historic clubs is amazin

The best gigs, though, have probably been some of the more recent ones (since we released the CD), and playing shows on the road has probably been
the most fun we've had as a band, so we think there'll be many bigger shows ahead.


4. You see most bands with no females involves - it's nice to see a lady - what is it like for Jen being the only girl in the band?

Jen says " It has its upsides and downsides. I get a lot of attention for it, and that can be great, but sometimes it's tough not seeing a lot of girls around at gigs. I'm always happy when I see a girl playing guitar or drums, but even happier when I see them playing bass! Punk is very male-dominated, but the girls have a lot to offer!"


5. Who are some of your main influences in music?

As for Tied For Last as a whole, it's hard to find us all in agreement on any one artist. We've all got our different favorites, and we all have voracious
musical appetites, so it'll be hard to do justice with a list. From Everclear to NOFX to Rancid to the Beatles to the Replacements to the Monkees, we can go on and on.


6. Do you guys still have day jobs on the side? What's the worst job that one of you guys have?

Rock N Roll is a tough business, so we have to work day jobs to basically be able to eat and support the band. We all work to pay the rent. Tommy does video editing, Slim teaches music, and has done some construction, and Steve works at a college. Jen works at an animal shelter, but she used to have the worst job. Before her current stint cleaning up after cats, she worked at CVS (a chain drug store). We all hope to give up the day jobs soon!


7. What are the main plans for the year 2007?

We're looking forward to playing as much as possible, doing some more touring, some more recording and of course world domination

8. What is the song writing process like for you guys?

Tommy and Steve do most of the writing, but we almost always do it separately. We usually come to the band with the songs already complete,
but even then, we'll all add stuff to it when we play, and that's when it becomes "the band's" song. Slim and Jen both write as well. We have a Slim song ("Got No Life") in the set and on our first album ("Sorta ive"), but we haven't done any Jen songs yet. I know she's working on a couple, and what we've heard, we've liked, but she says they're not done yet.

9. Do you know anyone 'cool' in the music business?

Most of the people we know are either bookers, club managers, or other bands. Some of the club people who have been really great to us include
Steven Blush of Trash Bar (and author of the book and movie "American Hardcore" and the book "American Hair Metal), and Nell Mellon and Steve Pang of Otto's Shrunken Head, and there are a few others.

As for other bands, we love the guys in The Heaves, Gentle Ben, The Hollow, The Trakes, and quite a few others. They're all really nice guys, and great
bands. What we've found is that usually, the nicer the band, the better they are. It's all the crappy bands that tend to be assholes as well.

We did all get to meet Art Alexakis of Everclear a few months ago which was amazing, since we are massive Everclear fans. Tommy and Slim met CJ and Marky Ramone when the Continental closed. Steve has met Paul Westerberg of the Replacements and Jen has met Peter Tork of the Monkees. From all accounts everyone was really nice.



10. Have you met any assholes in the business?

Honestly, on the whole, most people doing this are doing it because they love music, so there have been a lot of cool people along the way so far.

But oh yeah - there are definitely assholes too. Some bookers aren't too cool - including anyone who ever wants us to pay-to-play (which we won't do
under any circumstances), but most are at least fair, and some are great. There have been some assholes in other bands as well, but we don't wanna mention names. Maybe get us drunk sometime and we'll talk.

11. Any last words to the fans reading?

Hell, if they're reading this far, THANKS! And if they have a few bucks to spare, they should buy the album. It's totally worth it!
- Harass Music (webzine)


"Tied For Last Grabs You By the Guts & Makes You Want To Dance! (5/30/06)"

By Kaycee Nilson
May 30, 2006

The band, Tied For Last, is a band from New York City. Their history is as follows:

Well we've all been playing for probably a little over a decade. We're all in our mid 20's. I've been playing since I was 14, so a little over 10 years. Stephen started a little later, I think he's been playing only 7-8 years, but he's a singer. Jon Neal has a degree in music and is our drummer. Reah has been a musician since birth; she plays a multitude of different instruments...

Tied For Last was formed in 2001, by Stephen and myself the lead singer...He put out an Internet ad and I responded...We had a rhythm section until about this January. Jon and Reah are new members to the band....

Our normal places are CBGBs, Continental, Knitting Factory and Otto's Shrunken Head all in Manhattan. Our new album is being mastered and we're going to make the big label push.

The lead singer is Tom and he plays guitar as well. I met them through myspace and their site is: http://www.myspace.com/tiedforlast.

Tied For Last’s music can be described as Pop Punk / Punk / Rock. They are heavy hitting and their music is fresh and new. I believe it would be hard to say that their influences are the normal run of the mill bands. Rancid meets Everclear meets Elvis? Cheap Trick meets the Clash meets Johnny Cash? Green Day meets the Ramones meets Tony Orlando and Dawn? Call us punk. Call us roots. Call us strange.

Their music is more like Green Day, NOFX, Rancid, Everclear, Ramones, Vandals, The Clash, Social Distortion, Generation X, and Elvis. They have a style all their own, and that style grabs you by the guts and makes you want to dance! My four-year-old is already a fan and we haven’t been to NYC to see them yet. His favorite song they have for sample is “Achiever.”

To have him dance to new music that he doesn’t hear on VH1 is saying a lot about this band.

Look for their album to be coming out soon, but first go to their site and check out the samples of their music.

Until next time folks, Kaycee signing off.


- Useless-Knowledge.com


"Best of 2008 (12/27/08)"

From author Brian Cogan's 10 Best of 2008 List:

"TIED FOR LAST 'THAT'S HOW SHE ROLLS / ACHIEVER (cd single)' -- From WESTCHESTER'S FINEST PUNKS comes the BEST SONG ABOUT ROLLER DERBY EVER WRITTEN."

(Brian Cogan is a noted music author, and has written, among other things, "THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUNK" Sterling Press, Nov. 2008)

http://www.silive.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2008/12/your_picks_for_the_years_best.html

- Statan Island Live (SILive.com)


"Quote from legendary singer/DJ Genya Ravan (4/16/10)"

"I LOVE their music!" "Tied For Last, YOU ROCK!"

-Genya Ravan (from the intro and outro to "She Was Just a Girl" as played on Genya's Goldie's Garage show on Little Steven's Underground Garage channel 4/16/10) - Sirius XM Radio (Underground Garage Channel)


"Bands You Should Be Listening To (2/5/11)"

Tied for Last

One of the few bands I would climb from my deathbed to see live. These modern day punks (with some rockabilly thrown in for good measure) are indeed the hardest working folks in town, with catchy clever songs that never disappoint. Please, don’t take it from me, see them live, you will go home converted (and if not, probably because you are the type to stand in the back of the room with your arms folded over your chest at every show shouting “Boo! Do the old stuff!” but that’s your problem, not mine). - Go Metric


"Interview w/ Punk Rock Review (2007)"

Originally posted on Punk Rock Review on June 5, 2007, and it's an interview with Tommy.

How did Tied for Last get started?

Tied For Last started in 2001, when Stephen posted an add looking for musicians....Tommy responded because of one of the bands Stephen mentioned was Everclear. The two jammed for a bit then found drummer Kisco Slim. The magic really happened when upon meeting Kisco Slim, the three jammed on Surrender by Cheap Trick (the first song TFL ever played together). We all clicked immediately. TFL then went through a few bass players until they found Jen Chappell who's playing and charisma took the band to another level.


How would you describe Tied for Last to someone who has never heard or seen you play?

Hard to say....We take from so many influences, from everything musical to everything pop culture. But one fan who worked in the music industry at CBGBs described us best in a conversation with her friend. "You'll like these guys....Tied For Last is like Tom Petty meets NOFX" It was the greatest thing anybody has ever said about us.


What's in the works for Tied for Last for this summer?

Hopefully play even more out of state shows, promote the hell out of the new album, maybe record some more and hopefully get some label interest.


Were any of you in bands prior to Tied for Last?

We've all been bands, but nothing really worth mentioning.


Favorite place to play and why-

Well we really miss CBGBs and the Continental. We were flabbergasted when both of those places asked us to play the last week of their existences. Right now our favorite place has to be Otto's Shrunken Head on 14th street in NYC. It's a punk rock tiki bar that really has a thriving punk scene. They treat us great there and we really consider it home.


Funniest thing you've seen at a show?

Wow hard to say....We've seen it all. Well two instances, one fan brought her dog to a show once and when we were playing a gig in rural Pennsylvania basically Amish Country, a drunken patron runs up on stage, grabs the mic and says "This is the best band in the United States" He then grabs a bunch of guitar pics as souvenirs.


Most bizarre place you've played?

Probably Siberia's in New York where cursing was not allowed at all in the bar.


Who are your favorite bands right now?

We all like so much stuff and constantly argue over music. I mean we all love NOFX, Rancid, the Ramones, The Beatles, and The Replacements etc. As far as new bands, we are digging the Strawberry Blondes, Billy Talent, and the Pink Spiders.


Who writes your songs and how are you motivated to write them?

Well we all write, I mean Tommy or Steve usually comes in with an idea, and then we all add collectively as a group.


What's your favorite song that you play right now and why?

For us the newest song is always the best and right now our newest song is Jimi on the Radio. It's a song about Jimi Hendrix. Of course we love playing the hits (laughter)... Achiever, She Was Just a Girl and Take Janine Away.


What do you do when you're not playing music?

Hmmmm Video Games, Trivia, watching baseball etc. Get us away from the stage and we're total geeks.


What is your evaluation of the current punk scene?

Well the underground punk scene is alive and well. There will always be a great band playing somewhere at 2 AM in a dive bar. To us that's real punk. Mainstream "punk" is not really doing it for us these days.


Who are your musical influences?

Everything. NOFX, Green Day, the Clash, the Ramones, Everclear, the Replacements, the Monkees, the Beatles, Elvis, Tom Petty, Springsteen, the Vandals. Everything.


Any bands you really want to do a show with and why?

There a ton of bands that we would love to play with. It'd be great to do a show with a real big rock legend type of band. I don't know maybe like someone like Cheap Trick.


Who's the wildest band you've ever done a show with?

We've played with some crazy acts. Our buddies the Trakes are probably the wildest act we play with. They are from the future!


What are your general thoughts on the world today?

A lot of good and a whole lot of bad. We still got hope though.


What's your favorite part of being in a band?

The free drink tickets we get


How did you come up with the name Tied for Last?

Honestly we came up with a ton of names and then just voted on one. Tied For Last won out. Not too exciting.


Anything you want to add or say?

Cheap plug time....Check us out at myspace.com/tiedforlast. Buy our new album "Kick Ass Yes-Man Corporate Hacks" on Itunes and Interpunk. And of course support underground music


Anyone you want to thank?

Our manager Revlina. She handles booking, scheduling and just about everything. We couldn't even tie our shoes if not for her.

Next - Word association; Say the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the following words.

Punk - Ramones

Drink - Mountain Dew

Porn - Delicious

Eat - Tacos

Girls - Delicious

Money - Send it

Work - Sucks

Sex - Yes Please

Sleep - We snore - PunkRockReview.org


"Local Band Will Entertain "The Dude""

Local band plays LebowskiFest
By HANNAN ADELY
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original Publication: October 21, 2005)

The four members of the local band Tied for Last can hardly restrain themselves from quoting from their favorite movie, "The Big Lebowski." After joking around with a friend as to whether her new guy was an "achiever" and a "go-getter" — fans of the movie will get this — lead singer Stephen Scollard ran out and wrote a song called Achiever.

So it should not surprise fans that the pop-punk band was picked to perform tonight at the Knitting Factory in New York City as part of the quirky Lebowski Fest. Tied for Last, which has played New York City clubs including CBGB and the Continental over the past few years, relishes the opportunity.

"I'm sure my co-workers heard me shriek like a girl in delight (when we got the gig)," said Scollard, who grew up in New Rochelle and now lives in Yonkers. "It's just awesome. It just seems like a great fit for us."

Tonight, the festival will include performances by live bands, including Tied for Last, and a midnight screening of the movie at the Knitting Factory, with an appearance by Jeff "The Dude" Dowd, the guy on whom Jeff Bridge's movie character was based.

The second night, at the Cozy Bowl in the Ozone Park section of Queens, features a costume contest, movie trivia and another Dude appearance. White Russians, a concoction of vodka, kahlua and cream, also known as the Dude's drink of choice, will flow throughout.

At the event, the band will hand out an EP called "Is this your homework Larry?" another quotable line from the movie. It will include Achiever and two other new songs, and two songs from their 2004 album Sorta Live. The band has also practiced two songs from the movie soundtrack to perform tonight.

Their second album, called, of course, Songs for Achievers, is due out before Christmas.

Tied for Last got together after Scollard posted a notice on a musicians Web site looking for members in 2001.

Guitarist Tom D'Angelo, who also sings a couple of the songs, responded first. D'Angelo, a Tuckahoe resident, said they clicked immediately, having similar taste in music.

Several months later, with a bassist and drummer on board, they began churning out catchy, energetic songs that they compare to bands like Green Day and the Ramones.

Now the band members balance full-time jobs with band practices in Mount Kisco. It helps that the members, who also include bassist John Battistini of New Rochelle and drummer John Geller of Mount Kisco, all live in Westchester.

D'Angelo said the members had so much fun attending last year's Lebowski Fest that they were dying to play this year. They sent their a CD to the festival's organizers along with a severed pinky toe wrapped in bloody gauze that they purchased in a Halloween store — another Lebowski-related joke. They were immediately invited onto the roster.

Needless to say, they are giddy.

"We're really excited about it," D'Angelo said. "We're looking at it as not just a gig, but as a party."

The Lebowski Fest, a two-day festival in devotion to the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski," hits New York tonight. Eight bands, including the local group Tied for Last, will play tonight at the opening ceremonies at the Knitting Factory, following by a midnight screening of the movie and an appearance by Jeff "The Dude" Dowd. The main event, tomorrow at Cozy Bowl in Queens, features bowling, trivia and costume contests.
For more information, visit: www.lebowskifest.com.
For information on the band Tied for Last, visit: www.tiedforlast.com or www.myspace.com/tiedforlast.
- The Journal News, Gannet


"Quote from the author of the Encyclopedia of Punk"

"Every now and then I'm feeling lost in a wilderness of Hot Topic bands and a music scene that seems determined to kill itself by asphyxiation, then a band comes along like TIED FOR LAST that makes me remember why I enjoy music in the first place. They are super tight, punk meets melodic rockabilly meets general mayhem and somehow it works. IF WE HAD MORE BANDS LIKE TIED FOR LAST, ROCK MIGHT YET STAND A FIGHTING CHANCE."

- BRIAN COGAN
author of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUNK, (2008, Sterling Press) - a personal review from his homepage


Discography

** means available on I-Tunes, Spotify, and other major download streaming sites

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Full-length and extended-play CDs:

KICKASS YES-MAN CORPORATE HACKS (full-length studio debut CD), 1/2007**

IS THIS YOUR HOMEWORK, LARRY?, 10/2005 (Promo CD EP for the band's LebowskifestNY performance)

SORTA LIVE (full-length live-in-studio CD), 9/2004**

CD Singles:
SANTA BABY (CD Single), 12/2011
LEAD YOU ON (CD Single), 12/2008
THAT'S HOW SHE ROLLS (CD Single), 7/2008
WASTED/PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY (CD Single), 5/2007
PLEASE DADDY (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas) (XMas CD Single), 12/2006**
SAILOR (album mix)/TAKE JANINE AWAY (CD Single) 4/2005
SAILOR (CD Single), 12/2004

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Bio

"ONE OF THE FEW BANDS I WOULD CLIMB FROM MY DEATHBED TO SEE LIVE"
- Brian Cogan/Go Metric magazine

"TIED FOR LAST- YOU ROCK!" "I LOVE THE MUSIC!"
-Genya Ravan (musician/DJ, Sirius/XM's Underground Garage 4/16/10)
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This is what rock and roll was meant to sound like! Mixing energy, hooks, attitude and humor, TIED FOR LAST is a truly classic New York band. Steve, Tommy, Pixie and Drew combine to make infectious noise that injects punk urgency with elements of pop, garage, rockabilly, surf, and even country.

With two full-length CDs (available on most download sites) and many singles under its belt, the band is currently working on its third full-length CD and aiming for a spring 2012 release. Already having played hundreds of shows in dozens of cities and eight states, TFL will continue spreading its twisted gospel by performing and touring throughout the new year.

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"Every now and then I'm feeling lost in a wilderness of Hot Topic bands and a music scene that seems determined to kill itself by asphyxiation, then a band comes along like TIED FOR LAST that makes me remember why I enjoy music in the first place. They are super tight, punk meets melodic rockabilly meets general mayhem and somehow it works. IF WE HAD MORE BANDS LIKE TIED FOR LAST, ROCK MIGHT YET STAND A FIGHTING CHANCE."

- BRIAN COGAN
author of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUNK, (2008, Sterling Press)