Band name: Colette.
Who is in the band? Joe Rubino (guitar), Al Bodas (drums) and Anthony Valbiro (vocals).
Where are you from? We are from Port Chester, New York, USA. How would you describe yourselves? Our sound is a mix of hard rock and pop. I think the best description of our sound came from a blog about us (http://theimpalerspeaks.com/search/colette), which describes our songs as having “melodic power and vulnerability.” Throughout the song writing process, we go through great efforts to say something from the heart and truly connect with our audience.
Who are your main influences musically? To name a few, some of our influences are Incubus, Soundgarden, and Shinedown.
What do you hope to achieve in music? We have achieved everything we set out to do thus far. Looking back on the past year, we created music that is very special to us and we will move forward in the same way. Ultimately, we want our lyrics and melodies to move people and inspire. And what’s the moment you want to forget? A forgettable moment took place when Joe and Al first started out and part of another band that had a gig at a local bar. We were following up a metal act so we came on stage with a lot of energy. Joe quickly broke one of his guitar strings and had to fake his way through the guitar solo, as the lead singer forgot most of the song! Although this is very forgettable, this taught us how to make it through a song when everything goes wrong.
If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? The song we choose to represent our music is, “Complicated.” This song truly captures our sound through melodic variation throughout the verse, and a hard-hitting hook for the chorus.
Where can we listen to it? http://www.audiomack.com/song/joer/complicated
Where can we find out more about your music? http://www.facebook.com/colettetheband?ref=hl Twitter/ Instagram: @Colettetheband http://www.audiomack.com/artist/joer http://www.reverbnation.com/colettetheband http://theimpalerspeaks.com/search/colette http://www.unsignedcorner.com/2012/09/colette.html
I suppose this is a new feature here at The Impaler Speaks, though I’m not sure how often it will reappear. Once in awhile, I am struck by a young band’s demos and I tag them as ‘a band to watch’. First act up: Colette.
Colette – demos
I discovered Colette – a young hard rock trio from Port Chester, New York, comprised of guitarist Joe Rubino, vocalist/bassist Anthony Valbiro, and drummer Al Bodas – through a chance interaction online, and have been taken enough by the collection of demo tracks they’ve posted to give them a mention here as a definite ‘band to watch’. While the easy comparison to make – Soundgarden – is accurate in many ways, other comparisons to nail down that blend of melodic power and vulnerability come less easily. The band themselves reference a few popular acts that I’ve managed to keep myself in the dark about – there is far too much amazing music in the independent sphere to worry about what is going on in the mainstream, and don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise – but at the end of the day, what do comparisons matter? Valbrio’s voice is a thing of beauty. Once recordings of this cat singing – particularly as he does on the track ‘Forgotten Poem’ – reach the ears of all those fickle guitar gods (Michael Schenker, John Sykes, et al) that are always on the hunt for that perfect new vocalist, Colette may have some interesting band meetings on their hands. Then again, Rubino definitely does not appear to be a slouch on the guitar – though the only track up for grabs right now on which he really lets it rip is ‘All My Heroes’ – so we’ve got to wait until Colette gets their debut album finished to hear how far he can take it. The Impaler’s verdict for now is this: a) This is one of the better radio-friendly hard rock acts I’ve heard in quite awhile; b) These tracks are only demo recordings, and they sound damn good; and c) The tracks are available for free, so you can’t go wrong. The Impaler @impalerspeaks
Name: Colette (Anthony Valbiro - Vocals, Joe Rubino - Guitar, Al Bodas - Drums, Mark Nowotnik - Bass) Sounds Like: We are often told that we sound like a cross between Incubus and Soundgarden. There are definitely elements of 90's rock mixed in with today's pop rock vibe History: The core members of Colette met when we are just five-years old. We always had an interest in music and began honing our craft at a very young age. Joe and Al began writing songs together in 2007 in Joe's basement. We never thought our songs would reach the great marketability that they have. The band released the single "Complicated" in March 2012. Shortly after the song's release, "Complicated" was featured on the Audiomack charts as the 8th "most downloaded song of all time." Something Special: We are a very unique bunch of guys (Anthony: full-time musician and co-founder of Zedalza Entertainment Group, Joe: Wall Street Banker, Al: New York Public School's Teacher, Mark: U.S. Marine who just finished duty overseas). We all have something unique to bring to the band and the songwriting process. Where to Find: audiomack.com/artist/joer, reverbnation.com/#!/colettetheband, facebook.com/colettetheband, and twitter.com/Colettetheband Future Plans: We are currently recording the rest of our debut album. Look for us in the NYC and Westchester, NY area! UC Takeaway: Let's talk about long-term relationship. To all you commitment-phobes out there: don't worry, we're not asking you to settle down and mate for life. We're definitely not a relationship column, but when it comes to music, long-term relationships are a big part of surviving in the industry. If you think rockstars travel from city to city in a haze, meeting people but unfocused on remembering faces and names, you are very, very wrong. Networking is hugely important in every industry but especially when it comes to the arts. More than just networking, though, it's about keeping up relationships. Who knows where someone you encounter along the way will end up! A fan might decide to start a fan page in your honor; a roadie may become the head of a label and looking to sign new talent; a band may hit it big and need an opening act; a group might break up and leave its members in need of new projects to be a part of; there's an infinite number of possibilities. For the members of Colette, long term relationships are what the band was founded upon. So keep in touch with the people you meet along the way, and listen to Colette below!