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"Tin Sprocket Article"

A new rock-n-blues band, Tin Sprocket, sprang from the 2004 Strawberry Festival Talent Show and is now booking the club circuit in the Pacific Northwest.
Band leader Pete Sheff said he was thinking about getting back into music when he saw an ad in the local newspaper for the Strawberry Festival Talent Show, so he called a few friends and put together a band.
After winning the contest, he then got serious and advertised on Craig’s List for musicians and already has one CD recorded with plans for another one in the works.
“It’s a band born from Craig’s List,” Sheff laughed.
“We have been playing from Portland to Seattle and all over the Northend,” Sheff said.
“And I am happy to report the new Marysville band just signed a management deal with Ryan Eglash out of Hollywood. Major record label is showing great interest and we will be proud to say we spawned out of Marysville. Thank you Strawberry Festival for igniting the flame to my soul to pick my music back up,” Sheff said, excited.
The name was inspired, he said, by a friend who came down with cancer.
“Our [former] drummer, named Gooch, was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and it made me think, how fragile is our presence here. The sprocket is the most important piece of machinery and it is made of the weakest metal, tin.
The band plays all of Sheff’s original music. Sheff is the front-guy, playing guitar, harmonica and singing lead.
After recruiting and interviewing musicians from across the Northwest and beyond, Sheff’s band started playing together about a year ago, November 16th.
His band members represent a vast range in age and musical influence, including the 1970s, ‘80s and the ‘90s.
“I think our music is something a lot of people can relate to,” Sheff said.
“It’s a bluesy, earthy rock.”
The band includes Luke Grey, 21, of Tulalip, who plays lead guitar.
“He grew up with his dad playing in bands, from Jimi Hendrix to ‘90s alternative rock. His knowledge of musicians and music goes back for a long time for such a young guy,” Sheff said.
His bass player, Randy Moore, lives in Everett and is most inspired and influenced by the music of the 1970s. His drummer, Mike Cook, is also from Everett.
His back-up vocals and percussion is by Marilyn Beebe, from Monroe, and Leslie Feuer, of Lake Stevens.
“Leslie came from the entertainment industry in Vegas,” Sheff said. “She grew up surrounded by music and is a professional dancer and show girl. Her voice is phenomenal.”
Tin Sprocket has played in Stewart's and Sandy’s Road Kill in Snohomish, at Central Saloon, Merchant's Café and Fuel in Pioneer Square and at Rocksport in West Seattle,
They have done several charity events; one for the YMCA in Everett to raise money for kids that need assistance with membership, and for the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.
“It’s all been word of mouth,” Sheff said. “One gig leads to another gig.”
The band is also looking forward to performing Station 56, in Tacoma, where KISW 99.9 broadcasts its Men’s Room show live.
Sheff recorded his first collection in his home studio, but he’s hiring a professional, Blackwing Studio in Marysville, to do the next one.
"Our LA agent said the home studio just won’t cut it for L.A."
Currently all but one of the band members have day-jobs.
Sheff is a full-time maintenance supervisor at a 202-unit apartment facility in south Everett.
“Randy is a cement truck driver. Mike is a tile setter. Luke works at Seattle Libraries. Marilyn is a tax accountant,” Sheff said.
“Leslie is the only full-time professional musician. She actually gets paid for studio work.” - Marysville Globe

"Tin Sprocket debut album review"

Washington-based Tin Sprocket (http://www.tinsprocket.com) balance the line between Americana and modern pop/rock as well as the Wallflowers did ten years ago (has it been that long?). The difference, though, is that the Wallflowers had the benefit of a famous bloodline (Dylan) and a major label (Interscope). Tin Sprocket, on the other hand, are an indie group obviously without the resources to appropriately give their material enough slickness to take them up the charts.

But, on a college-radio level, I like them just fine. At times Tin Sprocket can resemble a younger Toad the Wet Sprocket (hmm?), especially on "Nothing To Coming Home To" or Matchbox 20 on "Givin In Again." Leader Pete Owens has a pleasant, radio-friendly voice. Those used to more adventurous fare may find the material, and Owen's vocals, rather tame and plain; however, roots rock is supposed to be down to Earth.

Tin Sprocket aren't afraid to look beyond their Americana heroes for inspiration, either. "Remember the Day" gives off a slightly Weezer-esque vibe, and the funky riffs on "Higher Price to Pay" show that the band isn't locked into a single flavor. "Momma Momma" is the closest that Tin Sprocket come to Americana's country background; however, that is mainly due to Owens' harmonica.

This isn't a group that is trying to change the world or challenge musical conventions; they're just a good band with no pretentions - Adam Harrington/Whisperinandhollerin.com


2006: 'Tin Sprocket'
2008: 'Out Of The Blue'



Tin Sprocket is an original rock band influenced by many styles of music, comprised into a unique sound that is delivered with endless soul and energy. All six members of Tin Sprocket vastly contribute to the end product, which includes powerful vocals, multiple part male/female harmonies, tight rhythm section and intertwining melodic guitar work. The group possesses a fresh stage presence that grips the audience, challenging them to have as much fun as any given band member while simultaneously reaching into their souls.