The Vinyltones

The Vinyltones


american rawk with a whiff of british invasion and a gleam of power pop, soaked with the heart of the ohio river. kind of like the quiet scruffy indie kid in the back of your english class who, when you get to know him, turns out to have quite the wild side.


The Vinyltones are a new band with an old-sounding name. They are longtime friends playing with a fresh sense of urgency. They are everything you'll ever need in a rock 'n' roll band--dirty guitars, tasty melodies, ballsy drums, and even a little electric piano, all delivered to your ears with a sweaty abandon honed from years of musical brotherhood.

It's been over ten years since Craig Dockery (vocals/guitar/keys), Bryan Billhimer (guitar), and Shaun Schaefer (drums) first played together in a low-slung basement practice space, pumping out Hendrix, Dylan and Zeppelin covers with their high school bandmates. Times changed, the band drifted apart, but their rock 'n' roll passion never quite went away. That flicker of passion, along with some late night conversations, the passage of several years and a few raw demos, sparked something new and fresh.

And so the Vinyltones were formed. In a little under two years, the band has seen a lot of action. They were the first act signed by producer Matt "Emosia" Senatore's (Blessid Union of Souls) label and production company Innerchild Music & Film, which led to a two-song publishing deal with PureTone Music, the publishing company started by A&R veteran Pete Ganbarg (Santana, Run-DMC).

The Vinyltones released their debut album, Memoirs of a Songbook, in May 2005. Songs from Memoirs have become one of the most-played songs on XM Radio's Unsigned Band Channel, received spins on college radio across the Midwest, and been featured on a number of indie music podcasts around the country. Recently, the band was honored in its hometown press with three 2005 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards nominations for Best Rock Act, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist. And the 'Tones recently inked a deal with Japanese label Quince Records to release and distribute Memoirs in Japan.

But what it really comes down to is the music. It's loved by teenagers and great-aunts; it's meant for blue-collar carpenters and white-collar office drones; it's written about grandmothers and brothers and long-distance love. The sound is Americana-Anglophile-power-garage-pop, or something like that. It's whatever happens when friends who have long spoken to each other in a medium beyond words take the stage and do what they do best.

It's rock 'n' roll.


"Memoirs of a Songbook": full-length CD

"Memoirs of a Songbook": Japanese version CD

"Hope to Remember" currently being played on XM Radio's Unsigned Band Channel (52)

I See Sound podcast #3 unsigned podcasts, episodes #2, #3, #10
WCSB 89.3: Cleveland State University
WOBC 91.5: Oberlin College
WMKY 90.3: Morehead State University
WHFR 89.3: Henry Ford Community College
WONB 94.9: Ohio Northern University
WIUP 90.1: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
WCBN 88.3: University of Michigan
WQUB 90.3: Quincy University

Set List

Sets can range from 20-30 minute showcase sets (5-7 songs) to 2 hour full sets (20+ songs), depending on the need. Sets can also be stripped down (rhodes, light drums, hollow-body guitar, bass) or full-on rock'n'roll shows (two guitars, rhodes, drums and bass).

Sets are usually all original music, with one or two covers occasionally thrown in.