MY PLEASURE HAS RETURNED
When Austin’s Tinnarose formed in 2014, they weren't fully prepared for the hype they would generate. Built around the core of songwriter/vocalist Devon McDermott, guitarist/songwriter Morris Ramos, bassist Drew Schlegel, and guitarist/vocalist Seth Sherman the band’s 2015 self-titled debut quickly gained accolades for it’s balance between indie rock structures and mid 70s songwriting chops.
The band was annointed the inaugural Artist Of The Month by local tastemaker station KUTX, and "One To Watch" in Austin Monthly Magazine's annual music issue of the best new Austin artists. They also garnered rave reviews and airplay around the U.S.: PopMatters compared them to Fairport Convention, Paul Simon and T. Rex, calling their record a “singer-songwriter showcase of the highest order,” while American Standard Time referenced Harry Nilsson and Steely Dan (among others), and dubbed their sound “freaky, good folk.”
With so much for a new band to live up to, and pressures to tour more often, quit day jobs, sacrifice family time and record a follow up, the band began to fracture. Sherman eventually needed to leave the group.
For several months new songs were written and discarded, shows booked and not played, while the remaining members moved forward with writing a new record as a trio.
Coalescing around McDermott’s evocative lyrics and haunting mezzo-soprano voice, the album twists through a song cycle about hope, redemption and coming to terms with tragedy. Ramos also steps up to write and sing lead vocals on several tracks, while his technical and stylish guitar playing sets the mood of modern nostalgia for the record.
The band also recruited local production duo Fat Fuse (Christopher Cox and Grant Johnson) to help arrange the songs, adding strings, horns, flutes and more. Cox and Johnson have worked on lauded recent records by Dana Falconberry and Abram Shook, among others.
The result - My Pleasure Has Returned - is a collection of songs that builds on the band’s fondness for vintage 70s classics, while cementing a more unified sound of their own.
Tinnarose has weathered a storm and produced a record of great variety and depth. They may sound like a nod to the past, but this is a band moving forward with purpose and passion.
My Pleasure Has Returned comes out October 14, 2016 on Nine Mile Records
Focus Tracks: Hello My Son, My Pleasure, Aesthetic Anarchy, Love Is For All
PRESS QUOTES from their debut:
"Freaky Good Folk: I hear Nilsson in their pitch, and the pinched, acute licks of Walter Becker‘s guitar in classic Steely Dan, and Sandy Denny‘s (Fairport Convention) voice, and a host of other amazing sounds." - Greg Vandy, KEXP, American Standard Time
"Tinnarose is a singer-songwriter showcase of the highest order. (Devon McDermott's) take on "Willie O'Winsbury is a strong candidate for Song Of The Year, the sort of thing that may make the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. It's simply breathtaking, and it's clear that we have a new talent worthy of our laurels on our hands here." - Pop Matters
"(Tinnarose) has a folky, youthful aesthetic that mirrors the sound of greats like Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, and Cass McCombs." - Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Artist Of The Month
"The album rings of sassy and sunny vintage folk pop; in addition to classic, twangy Southern Rock; and some of the most popularly profound art rock of the 20th century." - Philthy Magazine
"(4 stars) As far as first impressions go, Tinnarose have absolutely killed it." - Prelude Press
"Refreshing and adventurous pop music." - Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman
"If you’re looking for a unique, diverse set of tunes to listen to, Tinnarose’s self-titled debut is definitely it. Their musical knowledge and influences make each track on the album a surprise." - In Your Speakers
"(8.5 out of 10) Tinnarose has created an unexpected and far from traditional indie pop album. It is intriguing and exciting to hear a band taking risks with its sound. " - Richard Thinks
"There’s a tablespoon of Nilsson, a dash of Bowie, some drops of Steely Dan, all shaken up together and covered in sprinkles of inventive harmonies. A fine debut" - Pop Shifter
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