Trends and fads come and go, but honest, heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay, especially if Chicago rockers Vintage Blue have anything to say about it. After undergoing recent changes to their lineup and band moniker, the retooled quintet has re-emerged with a stunning new 13-track record that goes a long, long way toward getting their point across.
Their freshman LP - Strike The Mics, finds the band tighter, leaner and more focused on contributing to the Great American Songbook than ever before. Produced by Grammy-nominated Producer Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams) Strike The Mics "Is all the five of our minds working together, and the sonic result exemplifies what we want to be: a contemporary twist on classic rock,” says singer/guitarist Ben Bassett. Vintage Blue includes: Bassett, singer/guitarist Ryan Tibbs, drummer Will Crowden, bassist Cesar Corral, and saxophonist/keyboardist Matt Zimmerman—(Crowden, interestingly, is the grandson of the founder and former owner of Ludwig Drums.)
Prior to the release of the record, Vintage Blue had the opportunity to support 90s rockers Vertical Horizon and spent three nights with Sister Hazel, which further fueled their growth and desire to reach the masses. Released in February 2012, Strike The Mics was met with great critical acclaim, as the band sold out their CD Release show at Subterranean in Chicago and followed that up with a sold out show at the Chicago House of Blues in support of other Chicago act, The Lovehammers. Summer of 2012 had the band opening for Lifehouse in Chicago and Fitz & The Tantrums at Milawukee's Summerfest.
Since it's release, Strike The Mics has been added to over 122 radio stations across the country and Canada, and has been the subject of features on both WXRT in Chicago, Illinois and WOCM in Ocean City, Maryland. Additionally, the record was charted by seven different stations to the CMJ rankings.
Although the band are regulars in the ever-thriving Chicago club scene, selling out shows at the House of Blues Chicago, Double Door, Schubas and Subterranean, the band's first tour will begin in mid-September and visit Nashville, Atlanta, Ocean City and Cleveland. And that’s only the beginning: Strike The Mics can be savored by classic rock fans the world over, long after last call at the local watering hole.
With this record, the boys of Vintage Blue are eager to continue sharing this much-anticipated batch of new material with fans, and hopefully, bring their eclectic blend of soulful rock to their largest audience yet.