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Hometown: Uniondale, NY
Management: Dave Seubert
Sounds Like: Led Zeppelin, Blind Melon, Pearl Jam, The Black Crowes, Joe Walsh
The Vinyl Plane is a rock band; five talented musicians with a distinct “throwback” sound. Some call it southern fried blues‐rock, with a dash of Neil Young, a slice of Humble Pie, a sniff of Joe Walsh, some cargo from the Drive‐By Truckers and beneath the wings of The Black Crowes. Mix it all up and what do you have? An amazing original band, collaborating to write great music. Formerly The Headie Berrie, this quintet now consists of bass, drums, two guitars, harmonica, and vocals. They were loud and exciting and played all over New York City and Long Island. The name changed to fit the sound of their music better and so flew, The Vinyl Plane. Meet the band:
Dave Seubert is the singer and harmonica player. Dave played in acoustic and electric bands in college and enjoyed it so much; he left school to pursue a career in music. He was in a band called “Unmarked” when Keith’s brother Sean introduced him to Keith Obenauer in September of 2006. Unmarked was falling apart and Keith had some great songs Dave couldn’t wait to write some lyrics for. Two months later, Dave and Keith started The Headie Berrie as a four piece band. After a big change up and changing the band from 4 to 5 pieces (and then way later back to 4), the band decided it was time for a name change, and so The Vinyl Plane was born. Frank Mascaro had played bass guitar in many bands before, but was looking for something different. Frank is a very talented musician and is essential to the fine tuning of the band's music. After many failed attempts to find it, they still needed that final piece of the puzzle. They found it in Steve Mazz, the drummer. Steve, had been a good friend of the band and happened to have some time in his busy drum schedule to come down for an audition. The minute he started playing, the other band members knew that their long, exhaustive search for the right drummer had ended. Apparently, Steve's search was over too, because he dropped all his other bands for, what he called "what I've been looking for:"- The Vinyl Plane.
All bands are the product of their environment and the musical forces of the past. The trick is to combine these influences with your own vision, your own words, and your own music. All this adds up to a great sound, a unique sound. Sometimes they sound like Jefferson Airplane circa 1967 (“Alcyon Playground”), sometimes they will just bite your head off with testosterone‐driven blues‐rock like “Devil’s Den” or “Shake the Rats”. Then there are bluesy introspective songs about addiction (“Bloodstream”), the ubiquitous presence of medications given to children for real or imagined maladies (“Circus Boy”), Wall Street greed (“Sky Feat”), and love songs done in 21st century, ironic and sometimes sad refrain (“37th Street”, “Goin’ South”, & "Dead End").
Too many songs to list, but roughly 30 songs in 30 months and the best are yet to come! The Vinyl Plane has been rehearsing studiously with more hard work and determination than ever. In September 2010, a three song EP was released to radiostations all along the Eastern seaboard from Maine to Maryland. That album and the previous, "Sage and Solemn Tunes" were also released (previously) on various Internet music vendors, including iTunes. The band released a full page add for “Sage and Solemn Tunes” in Relix Magazine’s July 2010 issue and was one of the featured artists on the compilation CD in their September 2010 issue with “Alcyon Playground” as one of the tracks. 2010 also saw the band tour all over the Northeast. In 2011, the band focused more on playing at home and fine tuning. During the summer they went acoustic and really gave their sound more depth and dynamics. 2012 saw many transitions for The Vinyl Plane and many great new opportunities like: the band's first appearance at Wheeliefest in PA (former Screaming Cheetah Wheelies signature festival), making it to the final round of "The Break Contest", being interviewed by "Rick's Rising Stars" on FiOS 1 TV (a clip of the band is used for the intro for the all shows as well), and recording two tracks for the upcoming album with Mickey James at "Freedom of Speech" studio in Bohemia, NY. With the band already starting off 2013 smokin' hot having opened for George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic at The Emporium in Patchogue, NY and their third album (second under the name, The Vinyl Plane) due in 2013, the band is hitting their stride and not looking back. The Vinyl Plane – Please lock your tray tables and put your seats in their upright position…
“The show kicks off with The Vinyl Plane, consisting of a bluesy jam rock sound that you can dance to. You will get lost in the melodic sounds. The band started with a brand new tune that kicked the night into gear called “Take This Pill”. The music was flowing. The incense was burning in an apple waiting to be bitten into. At every show guitarist Sean lights an incense candle and places it in a piece of fruit; it always seems to add to the show, as it did on this night. Awesome solos, Seubert's range was on, and he can hit Robert Plant style notes. The band has a terrific chemistry. There were people dancing in the crowd. By the end of the set, front man Dave Seubert is off the stage, singing in the crowd. In case you were wondering, he did take a bite out of the apple.”
The "J" - Hip Rock Magazine
“People like to complain about the current state of music ... how it's going techno (...since the 80's...), or how shallow it's become (...not that the Archies were any better...) or how it's all alt rockish where nobody can play their instruments (...Little Richard has confessed to only being able to play in one key...). For the nostalgic, what happened to the line of development stemming from 70's classic rock? Where's the real blues players & not just guitarists who play blues scales? Where's the music that follows the influence of the Black Crowes instead of Nirvana or Lynard Skynard instead of Black Sabbath? Is there a band out there that has keyboard breaks that aren't meandering lost in classically influenced prog tunnels? Well, if any of the above is on your to find list then you'll enjoy this little EP.”
Aaron Joy - Roman Midnight Music
“The Vinyl Plane are a bunch of indie rockers from Uniondale, New York with a psychadelic/Southern rock sound.
The lads have 2 albums and an EP just out. I’m digging their groove and their Twitter feed is hilarious, especially the alternate definitions for T.V.P. (“Turbulent Vision Premonitions”…good one!).
You can check them out on MySpace and catch them live if you’re in Hicksville on April 23rd. Wait, is that really a place?
Christine (Sticketgiant.com) - StickerGiant's Blog of Stickers
“Fortune is smiling on the Vinyl Plane in 2010. “Alcyon Playground,” one of the three bonus tracks added to this Long Island quintet’s second album, blends soaring harmonic guitars, great singing and tight playing from one of New York’s hottest young bands. The group has already written seven new tracks for their third album, to be released this fall.
Relix Radio - Relix Magazine
“(DISCLAIMER: T.V.P. WAS FORMERLY CALLED THE HEADIE BERRIE)
Long Island quintet The Headie Berrie return with a freewheeling full-length follow-up to their recent four-song EP. "Morning Toast" further fleshes out their love of hardened jam rock with an emphasis on guitar heroics and vocal histrionics, playing the riffs like they own them (even if Hendrix and Clapton really do) while implementing the harmonica in key spots with the attitude that the love is still free and the drugs are still pure believed by all.
Referencing everyone from Phish to Blues Traveler to Mother Love Bone ("Musicism"), The Headie Berrie boasts a brother guitar duo whose intriguing interplay never gets stale, bolstering their boisterous brand of modern boogie rock with shards of straw-chewin' country and a dash of revolution rock a la Credence Clearwater Revival to smooth out this topsy-turvy tie-dyed tirade ("Souless Shoe")........
Mike (SOS) - Rough Edge: The Headie Berrie CD Review
“(DISCLAIMER BEFORE ARTICLE: THE VINYL PLANE WAS FORMERLY THE HEADIE BERRIE)
Taking rock ‘n roll back to its blues-based smoky backroom roots, the Long Island quintet The Headie Berrie unfurl their colorful guitar rock flag on the quintet’s four-song EP MORNING TOAST. This act’s no-frills approach to the basics comes complete with a hard rock yowl yielding to tasty bits of harmonica strewn in for good measure and trippy bell-bottom musical jams infused with a bevy of wah-wah guitar bravado (“Blank Tablature”), melding the attitudes of arena rock heroes from the ’70s through the grunge era (“Musician”). Capable of making their large than life retro rock sound convincing thanks to their monster chops and durable riffs (“Mushroom T”), this throwback troupe turns the burners up for a raucous ride bursting with badass boogie that folks who like to kick out the freedom rock will totally latch onto. www.myspace.com/theheadieberrie -Mike SOS”
gearsofrock - Gears of Rock. Reviews: The Headie Berrie - Morning Toast