First Single – “VOUCH FOR ME” – OUT NOW!
Songs filled with power-hungry guitar riffs, impeccable vocals, and thunderous grooves
A musical cocktail that combines the vibe and sounds of David Bowie, Spoon, The Bleachers, and The Killers, complete with a vigorous shake and a plastic sword garnish.
The Ladies Of… is a rock band. Plain and simple.
“Everywhere I go, I get along with the people!
Come on and vouch for me?
They trying to pounce on me!
I don’t believe it is true, and neither do you!” – Vouch For Me
Recorded and produced at Jesse Dupree’s Cock of The Walk studios north of Atlanta, Georgia, with producer Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox Twenty, Michelle Malone) behind the knobs, The Ladies Of… will become your new favorite band. I promise.
“…a barrage of slinky, night-crawling music….” – AL.com
Jeff Tomei explains the band’s hybrid approach to songwriting, which has become a three-head monster effort between him, guitarist Jim Troglen, and singer James Hall. They will play a game of musical ping-pong to streamline the arrangements. “We write from our hearts and never worry about specific genres,” Jeff explains. Then the rest of the band will come into the studio, with Mark Patrick on guitars, James Wahl on bass, and Jack Massey on drums, to hammer them out. Singer James Hall (there are three members with the name James if you’re not paying attention) is sometimes known as “the clean-up hitter” that includes his signature trumpet; as Tomei says, “his talents have no boundaries.” Drummer Jack Massey oversees quality control with more fine-tuning to create the band’s signature sound.
“… they’re a bit far-flung geographically and musically as well, but it largely revolves around a charismatic bonfire familiar to anyone who’s followed Hall’s other musical concerns since the ‘90s: glamorous-trash rock ‘n’ roll swapping spit with sticky-slick funk ‘n’ soul, a horny commotion ignited from a clash of cosmopolitan cool and carnal heat.” – Stomp and Stammer (a now-defunct mag)
The songs on Coming Out Of Our Tenderness grab you by the horns and fling you around passionately, from the opening bass riffs of “Vouch For Me” as James chants “Everywhere I go I get along with the people” to “We Are The WuWu” that recalls The Beastie Boys in musical delivery but with a passionate plea for love and compassion with the trumpet shouting from above the chaos. Then, out of the blue, jump jazz slides in on “Know No Boundaries” with backing vocals from Jaz Jillette – check out the chorus:
“And you know I know no boundaries
My driver’s about to pull around
And I’m really so happy you found me
Right before the shit goes down” – Know No Boundaries
“… what distinguishes Hall is his frenetic live performance style, which can leave a crowd both exhilarated and a bit shaken.” – Creative Loafing
The core band and the production team share a diverse history between the active members; however, this is not a ‘super-group.’ Birthed in 2012, a band-like version of writers began to perform around the Southeast. With this group, you have to dig deep with each member, from James Hall, who’s had his share of wonder and fame since his days with Mary My Hope and The Pleasure Club, to Mark Patrick and Jack Massey, who were members of the seminal rock band, Storm Orphans to Jim Troglen’s musical adventures from NYC to LA back to Alabama rounding out with James Wahl who is the band’s youngest member. Jaz Jillette and Sam Smithwick are other vocals that add to the band’s sound on the album.
As a perpetual composing machine, The Ladies of…hit a dinger just last summer with Troglen’s “When I Get Paid,” which grabbed a nice spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts.
On the live tip, where the electricity comes in, The Ladies Of … can pop off at a BBQ, a festival, or a boutique venue, commandeering the boogie, emitting rays of old-school tongue-in-cheek angst.
Taken from their bio:
These words are designed to make you love us. (Words won’t matter if you push play.)
They said, “You need a BIO!”
They said, “You’ll be big in Japan by Tuesday!” if we only had a BIO.
So, we coughed up timelines and unearthed trophies. By the time we started naming names for our name-dropping campaign, we’d repulsed ourselves and quit taking our own calls for validation as if a history of this kind matters…that all rests on the power of the music.
This is our many years of doing.
We know how we got here.
Long ago and far away, Amy Ray, one half of The Indigo Girls, signed James Hall to her indie label Daemon Records because his voice made her cry… and while that’s not the intention here with The Ladies Of… they do want to the push emotions back into your soul.
So, The Ladies of…find themselves armed and dangerous with their 8th album, self-released maybe self-imploding, Coming Out Of Our Tenderness, on June 23 – are you ready to face the music?
You should be.
May 4 Rojo Birmingham, AL
May 5 Lava Room Florence, AL
May 6 Porchfest Huntsville, AL
May 13 Saturn Birmingham, AL
June 1 Rocket Republic Huntsville, AL
June 2 Nowhere Bar Athens GA
June 3 Mahoney Fest Columbus, GA
June 4 Smith’s Old Bar Atlanta, GA
(in The Atlanta Room)