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The best kept secret in music


The Tramlines, "The Bottom of the Sea" ( The nautical theme interwoven through "The Bottom of the Sea" makes sense: This album is as roiling and topsy-turvy as oceanic waters.
Multihued indie rock that's by turns driving and delicate, "Sea" benefits from three guitarists crafting swelling pockets of drama and dissonance.
The songs here are constantly pivoting in new directions: "Jewelry," for instance, starts as a plaintive acoustic daydream, then the guitars kick in, and the track starts to rumble like an angry fault line.
There are plenty of other compelling moments, such as the pretty, kaleidoscopic swing of "How My Story Started (And Why It's Never Ending)" and the haunting, violin-laced "A Sunken Ship," making this ship far more seaworthy than its title suggests. - The Tramlines - The Bottom of the Sea

The Tramlines' full length debut easily sails above the local rock rabble just by being in touch with current music. The band's teenage members display encyclopedic knowledge of indie rock past and present and synthesize their own sound from it. This is good because their studiousness pays off in fine moments of Decemberists/Black Heart Procession-style baroque fatigue, where the whole song appears to be sighing like it knows what war-torn year this is. But so much of the album sounds like a project for an AP course in independent music. They're doing everything right: the touch of psychedelia, the pensive lyrics. But urgency, together with sophistication, made indie rock the style to study. And a desperate need to articulate something or do something new is what gave the broken voices, awkward clangings and reelings of their influences beauty and strength. When The Tramlines learn to fuck it up a little, they'll be a dangerous, mature force. - City Life Magazine - Beverly Bryan

Tyler McKusick laughs at himself, mainly because he realizes that he just said something that sounds as if it came straight from a Calvin Klein commercial. McKusick's talking about his band, the Tramlines, sitting in the conference room of his father's advertising agency, the windows of which are decorated with seasonal faux cobwebs.
If McKusick comes off as a tad precocious as he speaks, the same can't be said of the Tramlines.
Though they're a young group -- two of the band's five members are still in high school -- the band possesses a grown-up sound, with panoramic, dramatic tunes whose density is abetted by three guitarists. The band's full-bodied indie rock is both intricate and immediate, layered with aching piano, walls of guitar and vocals that sound as if McKusick's singing with his heart in a vice.
It's a distinct sound that's beginning to get this bunch noticed.
The Tramlines recently traveled to Santa Monica, Calif., to have their debut full-length album, "The Bottom of the Sea," mixed and mastered by renowned engineer Ed Goodreau, who has worked with such big names as Phil Collins, David Bowie, Guns N' Roses and the Eagles.
Goodreau is working with the band on spec, charging them nothing upfront and getting paid only if the Tramlines land a deal.
"It's a very good situation, especially for a bunch of kids who have $8-an-hour jobs," singer/guitarist/pianist Chad Felix says, grinning and surrounded by his bandmates, bassist Cory Van Cleef, guitarist Dillon Shines and drummer Michael Catalano.
The Tramlines began as a recording project for Felix and McKusick, lifelong friends who first cut their teeth in emotive local rockers First October.
From the onset, the band has stuck out from its peers -- mainly because it doesn't have many. Coming of age in a punk, emo and hard-core dominated scene, the Tramlines have never really fit in with anyone.
"When we were all younger, everyone was doing the whole screamo thing," Catalano says. "I'd go to local shows, and I didn't really like that music at all. I never listened to it. I was listening to the Beatles and stuff while everyone else was listening to Thrice."
With a more subtle, nuanced sound, the Tramlines have slowly made headway locally, but with its debut due out by the end of the year, the group is as promising as any young, unsigned Vegas band.
"We're working, we're going to school, and we're trying to do this," Felix says. "It's the only thing we want to do."

- Jason Bracelin - Review Journal

The five Henderson teens who make up The Tramlines pack tightly to record and jam in a 12-by-12-foot spare bedroom at guitar player Tyler Mckusick's parent's house.
The trill of lead vocalist Chad Felix's keyboard and drummer Michael Catalano's crashing symbols, countered by Cory VanCleef, Dillon Shines and McKusick all doing their own thing on guitars and backup vocals build to one smashing climax after another.
Even though the concusion from the bass makes the floors vibrate like a coin-operated bed at a motel, no parents come in screaming. The police don't come banging on the front door. The only over-21 supervision is the band's public relations manager, Jasen Woehrle, who is there to make sure the teens don't say anything wrong in front of a reporter.
The Tramlines, formed a couple of years ago by McKusick, 19, and Felix, 18, have been stirring interest lately from California. Locally, it has been popular with the teen crowd in Henderson for a while, playing often at the now-defunct Rock N' Java and racking up more than 37,000 plays off its site.
But recently the band has been trekking out to Santa Monica to mix its first album with record producer Ed Goodreau. Goodreau, who has worked with Guns N' Roses, David Bowie, and Phil Collins, said The Tramlines are mature for their age. The youngest member of the band, VanCleef, is 16. "Right now they're writing really good songs," he said. "I thought, for their age, they were very talented and I wanted to work with them and help develop their talent."
The quintet is acutely aware of the success of a couple of other Las Vegas bands in recent years. Producers seem to be searching for the next Panic At the Disco of The Killers, but group members said those aren't shoes they are looking to fill.
"When you have blow-up bands like The Killers, it brings a lot of attention," Felix said. "It's good attention, but I don't know if that's the kind of attention we're looking for."
More than anything else, McKusick said The Tramlines wants to have its own identity. He said that could hinder the band's chance for overnight success, but , for now, instant fame is not the member's goal.
Last year, after playing at the Amplify! music competition in Las Vegas, the band was approached by another producer who was pushing the wrong agenda, McKusick said.
"He pulled us aside immediately after our set," Felix said. "He said, ' I couldn't hear what you guys were saying, but you guys look really good. '
"He told us if we could cut out all the experimental stuff, we could have a great pop band," he said.
Shines said the group played its poppiest, least experimental songs at the competition.
Goodreau said, as a producer, he knows the The Tramlines' image might contribute to its saleability.
The five attractive, thin musicians have enough variation in their looks for teen girls to endlessly ponder, Who's the shy one? Who's the rebel? Who's the soulful loner? That kind of enigma can do wonders for album, poster, and T-shirt sales.
But even Goodreau acknowledges, with all of the member's maturity and angst, the album they've nearly completed, "The Bottom of the Sea," might not have teh breakout single that could launch The Tramlines from relative obscurity into the mainstream.
For the band, just the possibility of being heard is excitement enough.
"If we had a million dollars," McKusick said, "we'd probably just want a nice legit practice space we can just chill in."
- Henderson Home News


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