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"Soundcheck Magazine"

Vibrotica - Neverbend - 5-song CD
Recorded by Mark Misturado and Roger Lavallee at Java Dog and Tremolo Lounge;
Mixed by Roger Lavallee; Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M Works

Neverbend is a very nice sounding effort by Vibrotica... catchy name by the way. This CD has a nice big sound that is recorded very clean and clear. All the tunes are nicely arranged with more than your typical verse, chorus, verse format. I really liked the interesting melodies and harmonies on this album and I feel that this album shines vocally. I way sounds and dynamics were used to add full emotion and effect to the music. Track #3, 'Temporary," has a nice Beatles meets David Bowie with modern sounding production and slick attitude to create a very cool tune. The band is a very tight unit with some very unique melodic, hard grooving songs. The band never overplays and has a very interesting 'darkness" to their songs at times, which I'm a fan of. I liked the fact that this was a 5-song EP since all the songs are strong, it leaves a favorable impression. Vibrotica is definitely a band to watch out for and I believe with continued songwriting like this they will be successful in whatever they want to achieve musically. Great job!!
- Double A


"Metronome Magazine"

Vibrotica's music seethes with originality and on their new 5-song CDT Neverbend. the band cuts rock and roll traditions with pioneering fury. The three guitar assault of Ivo Matos, Neal Thomas Mccarthy and Craig Rawding bonded to Joe Wilson's pummeling bass lines and John Perkins flawless time keeping show off lilt group's taut performance prowess at evety twist and turn or their songs. Craig Rawding's vocal work is solid and well suited br uiie rock HIM.! till arena. Five well written songs from one ct Boston's up and coming acts, Outstanding!
- Metronome


"Worcester Telegram and Gazette"

With a name seemingly lifted from the marquee of an adult-film cinema, the band Vibrotlca Is providing an entirely different form of entertainment to song-starved rock fans In the -area. Vlbrotica is digging Into the local scene with a batch of richly textured songs that lean on the harder sounds that, as singer Craig Rawding said, "falls somewhere between the power pop of the Foo Fighters and space rock of Radiohead."
Vibrotica Is celebrating the release of "Neverbend," its debut five-Song compact disc with a show Saturday at The Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St., Worcester. Miss Fortune, Colorblind and Dangaroo are also on the bill.

"Neverbend" is a confident opening shot for the band, which also Includes guitarists Ivo Matos and Neal McCarthy, bass player Joe Wilson and drummer John Perkins. Rawding, of Worcester, previously sang soul- and blues-leaning material with the band Heavy Metal Horns, but he emerges here as a strong rock vocalist and lyricist.

"The hardest thing was dealing with the people who knew what I was doing as I started getting into this band. I kept hearing, 'You're that blues guy. But when i started listening to music it was The Doors, Hendrix and stuff like that
"I fell Into the blues thing and took the job with Heavy Metal Horns because I knew they could get into clubs and had a good following," Rawding said.
By last year. Rawding was writing songs that were in a modern rock vein, and he fleshed out those aspirations with fellow Vibrotlca travelers. Today, Rawdlng said, the songs are coming from throughout the ranks of the band.
"These five songs (on 'Never-bend') originated with me and an acoustic guitar or me and a partner. The next group of tunes came out of all five of us sitting together in a room. I'm more comfortable being a team player," Rawding said.
Rawding's wife, Jessica, and friend and fellow musician Marc Barnicle helped with the writing on "Neverbend." While comfortably within the modern-rock style, the tunes are smart enough to appeal to an audience interested in more than the latest rap-rock diatribe. There's depth to plumb in each song and different moods to explore as you move from song to song.
Vibrotica is off to a good start, and Rawding has enough reason to stop singing the blues. - J. McClullen


Discography

Neverbend EP - 2000
Counting Spies LP - 2002

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Bio

Drawing from the aggressive power pop of the Foo Fighters and the moody atmospheric rock of Radiohead, Vibrotica has been compared to the Beatles and David Bowie for their melodic strength and sonic experimentation.

The Boston based quartet¬ócomposed of Craig Rawding (vocals/guitar), Joe Wilson (bass), Ivo Matos (guitar/keyboard), and John Perkins (drums). Formed in January 2000, Vibrotica released the "Neverbend" EP that year, followed by the "Counting Spies" LP in 2002.
Both CD's garnered praise in the Boston press (Northeast Performer, Soundcheck Magazine, The Noise, The Phoenix) and received local airplay on modern rock stations, including WBCN and WAAF. Vibrotica's live shows have earned them accolades with audiences in the northeast region.

Most recently, Vibrotica entered the studio with producer Jim Sampas, (Ben Harper, Aimee Mann, Los Lobos, Morphine, Michael Stipe, Eddie Vedder, Kate Pierson). The collaboration found the foursome exploring more melodic freeways of harmony and texture without compromising their ability to be both atmospheric and edgy.