Vinyl Orange Ottoman was originally formed on a bitter cold night in January of 2009. The band was later reborn in 2012 with a more focused, dynamic, and controlled sound. Less of their influences and more of their own identity. The idea was to call upon scene vets - vocalist Pete Griffith, bassist Gopi Joaquim, drummer Ray Cordello, keyboardist JJ Stasiw, and guitarists Noah Swartele and Brady Hoover - to create the soulful sound that is the Vinyl Orange Ottoman.
The VOO, as some have called them, has been reviewed in comparison to such acts as The Black Crowes, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and even Red Hot Chili Peppers. They have turned heads at clubs and festivals, has a forever growing fan base, and is “a breath of fresh air to the scene."
“VOO is a dynamic band with a big kick of bluesy soul in its tone, mood, and groove. The band comes off cool in its delivery. It doesn't try too hard. There's no flash, there are no pyrotechnics. It is simple, direct, and to the point. That's not to say the band isn't made of excellent musicians. They just don't try that hard. They let it be.” (Frank De Blase, CITY Newspaper)
Pre production of their debut album started in November of 2010 with engineer Jon Belec (who has engineered projects for Luther Vandroze, Matchbox 20, J-Lo, and Dream Theater just to name a few). The band started tracking the album with Jon and his team of engineers in January 2011 and was released in April of that same year.
Currently the band is playing shows across New York State and working on new material for their second album.