Hailed by BBC Radio 2 as a “Star in the making”, Britain’s own gunslinger, Laurence Jones, will join VT for all UK dates as their Special Guest.
You can learn more about Laurence here.
Do you have your tickets for the UK yet? Hurry, they are just around the corner! Visit our Tour Page for tickets and more info!
On Varvatos, Ty describes “John is…what do you call it? A curator of amazing, authentic music. And it probably takes him a bit of prying into to have him fall in love with a contemporary band, because he loves these legends, the authentics. And so the fact that he was there praising us, I cried basically. Not even just inside, outside as well. I literally let my guard down and let him know that he was a huge influence on my whole love for the marriage of rock and [fashion].”
Read the full Screamer Magazine article by Richard Rosenthal here.
Photo by Danny Clinch
Europe, we’re coming for you! Lots of dates have been added to our Tour Page for June and July this Summer! We can’t wait to see our European and UK TroubleMakers, and do what else, but cause trouble!
Additional dates to be added.
John Varvatos has tapped the LA-based rhythm & blues band, Vintage Trouble, to appear in his much celebrated music campaign series, bringing their foot-stomping rhythm and infectiously irrepressible mood to electrify the new Spring Campaign in a video featuring their upcoming song “Knock Me Out.” For more than a decade, John Varvatos has collaborated with talented musicians and photographer Danny Clinch to capture both iconic, established artists and introduce new rising talents to create dramatic and memorable still imagery and short films. Vintage Trouble brings the emotional intensity and sophisticated musicianship to prove themselves worthy of following a roster which has included, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper. This new season marks only the second time Clinch has used color photography to bring this powerful series to life. “Wear your inspiration on your sleeve and make it your own. That’s the conversation I’ve been having with friends recently, and Vintage Trouble does
this very well. They’ve got classic style but with a reckless, modern twist. We chose VT because they represent what inspires all of us – energy, freedom and style. And they really bring it! Photographing them was a dream. I love when musicians are willing to participate and contribute something to the shoot. That collaboration takes everything to the next level,” says Clinch.
Using a multiple camera approach, Clinch’s short film documents the band as they arrive for sound check at the historic King’s Theater, which originally opened in 1929 and underwent a major renovation, reopening in 2015. The cameras follow VT whose four members hail from California. Singer Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill and drummer Richard Danielson each give fantastic performances that embody the rebellious spirit of the 1960’s from which they draw inspiration and which has such a strong influence on John’s own brand of style. Notes lead singer Ty Taylor, “I have always been a fan of the indisputable fire that rises when music and fashion collide in the purest and most primitive of ways. What I wear completely effects not only my motion, but also my emotion. From the moment we met John a few years back, we had a connection that reminded me of the way artists from different mediums melted into each others vibes during the beatnik period. We had a deep interest in what the other did and immediately found common ground in our mutual respect.”
The video captures the groups high-energy brand of soul and unabashed showmanship in the empty venue as they prep for the night’s gig. According to Stephen Niedzwiecki, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of YARD and longtime Varvatos collaborator, “One can define the word ‘Trouble’ as the ability to stir things up mentally or spiritually. It’s what the John Varvatos brand has been doing for years. This season, we wanted to create content that does exactly that, using a lesser-known household name band and letting their soulful and very explosive performance do the talking. Vintage Trouble is that band. For those who don’t know, they soon will, and crave more.” Like their music, VT style is steeped in the heritage of old school, while managing to be utterly timeless. They are a fitting choice for the latest campaign which features John’s rock ‘n’ roll meets an urban romantic’s vision for Spring/Summer 2017. John Varvatos adds, “Shooting this campaign with my good friends from Vintage Trouble was a special treat. This is a band that gives 200% at every show and this shoot captures their incredible energy, talent, and style. Ty wrote this killer song, Knock Me Out, “ along with these amazing songwriters Omar Tavarez and Federico Vender for our campaign video, and its powerful, poignant, and destined to be a smash hit. Long Live Rock!”
In light of recent events, it is with profound sadness that we have been forced to cancel our performance at the Istanbul Jazz Festival scheduled for July 23. Our thoughts are with the people of Turkey. We hope to return to Istanbul in the future.
Thank you Rolling Stone Australia!
Check out our interview we filmed at the Rolling Stone Magazine offices while in Sydney Australia in March of this year and hear about the songs that shaped our lives!
What songs are on the soundtrack of your life?
The Birthday Family Bash is a FREE Show honoring the life and legacy of the Godfather of Soul. The show will reunite 13 members of the James Brown Band with very special guests Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (FunkYou) and Greg Hester!
Visit JBFAMILYBASH.COM for tickets & more info!
When an LA rocker saw a video of a barefoot boy playing drums made of plastic bottles and tin cans, he vowed to find him…
Last February, a YouTube video touched the hearts of thousands. It showed a young boy, barefoot in blue shorts, playing drums outside a basic brick hut in a clearly hot, but unknown, country.
His kit was obviously home-made, constructed from old tin cans, plastic bottles and scaffolding poles, with random scraps of wood and sticks for pedals. Yet what made the clip so memorable wasn’t so much the makeshift equipment, but the huge passion and talent of the child, whose name, age and background were all a mystery.
The post went viral, quickly attracting more than 30,000 views. Soon it was spotted by Richard Danielson, drummer with the LA-based rock band Vintage Trouble, who promised to give the boy a professional Gretsch Catalina drum kit worth £600, if only he could be found.
“[The video] reminded me of myself when I was young,” he says. “I wanted drums so bad that I made a kit out of big steel 50-gallon drums and old bottles, and what have you, much like this kid, but nowhere near as elaborate. Thing is, this kid really has got some impassioned innate ability. It’s my true feeling that he was born to play the drums.”
Inspired, one fan, David Tradewell, 43, a digital marketing consultant from Brighton, based in New York, set about tracking down the mystery boy. “I thought social media is used for so much nonsense, usually involving selling s— and posting selfies, so for a change let’s turn it into a force for good,” he says.
Months passed before Tradewell traced the video’s original poster, Gayan Nishanta, a man in his 20s living in a remote village near Galle in southern Sri Lanka, an area still recovering from years of civil war and the 2004 tsunami.
He spoke barely any English, so a local fixer was engaged who discovered that the child was nine-year-old Wanni Pura Thushan Anushka Dulanjana, known as Anushka, living a few miles away with his father, a cinnamon farmer, and 14-year-old brother, while his mother, who worked in Qatar as a maid, hadn’t seen her son for two years. “When I found that out, I knew we had to make this happen,” Tradewell says.
Having appealed for donations to cover travel, on January 5, Tradewell left his wife and baby son at home to fly with the drum kit to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. “In Sri Lanka, items have a habit of getting ‘lost’ in transit, so we couldn’t just ship it out there.”
From Colombo, it was a half-day journey down dirt tracks, via the local Buddhist temple where a monk gave their mission his blessing, to Anushka’s “dirt poor” village on a hill. (Its elevated status had helped it to escape the Boxing Day tsunami.)
“So many people thought I was crazy to take on this assignment, so as we drew close I felt almost drunk with excitement,” Tradewell says. He had decided not to warn the family, who spoke no English, that he was coming, in case of mishaps, so when he pulled up, they were “completely perplexed”.
“Through our translator we explained to Anushka that we’d come from the US, because we’d seen him drumming on the internet, and had brought him a T‑shirt and a few CDs.
“But then we brought out the tom drum from the kit and he was confused. Next we showed him the snare and he said, ‘But this is not enough to do a drum solo.’ Cheesy as it sounds, I got him to talk through exactly what he would need, then I said, ‘Ah, yes, but I also brought you this,’ and we set up the kit.”
Still stunned, but smiling irrepressibly, Anushka started playing, with his whole extended family gathering to listen. “It took him about 15 minutes to adapt to the new kit, but then he was knocking out rock ’n’ roll rhythms,” Tradewell says. As they left, Anushka’s father kissed Tradewell’s hand saying he wished he knew more English, to thank him properly. “It was a bit weird and very emotional. As we drove off, we could still hear Anushka drumming.”
To Tradewell’s surprise, the kit in the video turned out to have been made by Anushka when he was only six. “It was so sophisticated, I assumed he’d had help from his dad.” Tradewell was especially impressed by the hi‑hat, or cymbal, “ingeniously” made from an old tyre and wood, rather than aluminium.
Drumming has been part of Sri Lankan village life for centuries. Drums are used to mark every occasion from births to deaths, for Buddhist ceremonies and to communicate between villages. “Although it was hard to talk to Anushka, I’m sure this is where he found his inspiration,” says Tradewell.
Figures show that about 6.4 per cent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million people live below the poverty line, and 90 per cent live in rural areas. Boys like Anushka usually go into the armed forces or the police to escape their background. Few get any chance to explore any artistic talents.
“A few people criticised what I was doing as ‘white man’s burden behaviour’, the patronising colonial urge to interfere,” says Tradewell. “They said, ‘Anushka lives in a poor but proud and happy community, why disturb him by rocking up with a drum kit?’ But for me, it came down to the fact I will be able to afford to buy my son any instrument he wants when he grows up, but Anushka might never have the opportunity to fulfil his talent and his calling.”
Now back in the United States, Tradewell hopes to persuade corporate sponsors to donate more instruments for promising child musicians, not just in Sri Lanka, but in his adopted home, New York. “I’d love to take pianos to Afghanistan and guitars to deprived areas of Brooklyn,” he says. “Nothing moves people on an emotional and spiritual level like music.”
Vintage Trouble makes their debut on Season 41 of renowned TV show, Austin City Limits, on an electrifying double bill with Alabama Shakes. VT performs a blistering five-song set filled with the electrifying soul, blues and rock. Episode premieres January 2 on PBS.
VT performs a blistering five-song set filled with the electrifying soul, blues and rock of their recent album 1 Hopeful Rd. Ty ventures into the audience for the set-opener “Run Like The River,” and in an ACL first, climbs through the studio to deliver the song’s close from the theater’s balcony. “Can we go back to the 1950s, and can we imagine that we are in a juke joint in North Carolina?” asks Taylor, and the Austin crowd is happy to oblige, on their feet for the entirety, hands-clapping and fists-pumping. A sweat-soaked Taylor lets his passion loose on the set-closing ballad “Run Outta You,” sparking a crowd sing-along that moves the charismatic singer to tears for a memorable debut.
“I’ve never seen anyone take command of a stage (and audience) like Ty Taylor and Vintage Trouble!” says ACL Producer Terry Lickona. “It was a musical and emotional roller-coaster ride. People are still talking about that taping—and now so will viewers.”
Watch the explosive clips now!
We are excited to announce our Japan TroubleMakers that we’ll be back to play 4 shows next April!
April 4: Osaka @ Big Cat
April 5: Nagoya @ Diamond Hall
April 7: Tokyo Ex Theater Roppongi
April 8: Yokohama Bay Hall
Visit our Tour Page for tickets now!
What even is this album? Witchcraft, probably. Magic, certainly. Or maybe science fiction: some kind of timewarped version of the past, come back to tempt us with its lush, alluring sounds. All I know is that ‘1 Hopeful Road’ is a marvel, like listening in on an alternate, retro universe with Vintage Trouble skilfully and confidently blending together r&b, soul, and rock, pouring their own heat and passion into every track and lyric.
There are tunes that are so smooth you feel like they barely touch the ground, like the silky and caressing ‘From My Arms’, and the exquisite ‘Doin’ What You Were Doin’ – a tune that makes the world better whenever I listen to it.
‘1 Hopeful Road’ also contains a good shot of Vintage Trouble’s “live-wired, straight-shootin’, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke music” with foot-stomping R&B rockers like ‘Run Like The River’, and ‘Angel City, California’ – “that’s where I found this soul I now call mine“. Or listen to ‘Strike Your Light’ and ‘Another Baby’- tracks that are all heat and fire and raucous joy.
Whether smooth or raucous, Vintage Trouble’s music and lyrics convey all shades of pain and passion, love and despair, hope and hurt. And many tunes here are irresistible gems of musical craftsmanship, like the happiness-inducing ‘My Heart Won’t Fall Again’, or the devastating ‘Another Man’s Words’.vintage_2
Unabashedly retro, yet never derivative, Vintage Trouble have their own thing going on, and it’s easy to understand why they’ve been recruited to open for such bands as The Who and AC/DC. Front-man Ty Taylor’s vocals are amazing – all sweetness and heat and power – and he can amp up the passion and pain just enough to wound you, as well as please you. With Nalle Colt’s effortless skill and power on guitar, and Rick Barrio Dill’s bass and Richard Danielson’s drums rippling beneath it all, this is a finely tuned crew: they get the most from each tune, with just a touch, just a nudge, just a thrust and pull here and there.
Vintage Trouble is a band that can legitimately invoke the name of people like Otis Redding, James Brown, and Tina Turner, and not come off as delusional. To use the band’s own words, they are “turned on by and tuned into the evolutionary period in music and life when there was a razor thin line between Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll”.
While this is a softer, more laidback release than ‘The Bomb Shelter Sessions’, it has its own kind of magic, keeping me happily spellbound throughout.
Come and watch VT perform acoustically & sign copies of their new album, 1 Hopeful Rd. with our friends at john varvatos who are hosting us at their retail stores in the next several weeks.
Saturday, October 3 | San Francisco
Thursday, October 22 | New York – Bowery
Saturday, October 24 | Boston
TODAY IS PRETTY GREAT! Our new album, 1 Hopeful Rd. produced by the legendary Don Was, is AVAILABLE NOW, Worldwide.
If you don’t have your copy, head on over the VT Store and pick it up today. Watch the album trailer below to get a preview.
1. Run Like The River
2. From My Arms
3. Doin What You Were Doin’
4. Angel City, California
5. Shows What You Know
6. My Heart Won’t Fall Again
7. Another Man’s Words
8. Strike Your Light
9. Before The Tear Drops
10. If You Loved Me
11. Another Baby
12. Soul Serenity
Finally! It has been a while since we played Los Angeles so we are very excited to announce our Los Angeles show at the Fonda Theatre August 12, 2015 .
Tickets available here
Vintage Trouble Fonda Theatre with special guest: Audra Mae
It will be a special night for us as it is the record release party for our new album 1 Hopeful Rd.
Vinyl and CD’s will be available with other merchandise at the venue.
Just got back home to Los Angeles. So proud that we got to be part of the legendary AC/DC – Rock Or Bust World Tour! And let me tell you, they are so fucking good every night it makes us want to step up our game. It’s a world class show. We will join them for the continued European tour so we are going back out in 10 days for 14 more shows. WOW!! 🙂 Such an amazing experience to meet and befriend them and the crew ( catering, lighting, truck drivers, laundry, stage techs, sound engineers, pyrotechnics, bus drivers, electricians, accountants, mangers and much more…) . This is a massive undertaking for them every day to make this show go on ! This is one of the largest tours in the world and to see them work their asses of every day is unbelievable. So a huge THANK YOU to all of the crew and of course the boys – Angus, Malcolm, Brian, Cliff, Stevie, Chris and all their families for letting us be part of this massive tour. THANK YOU 🙂
– Vintage Trouble
Touring Dates with Vintage Trouble
* JULY *
7/05 | Metropolis Festival | Rotterdam, Holland
7/08 | Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival | Monaco, France – Buy Tickets
7/09 | Autodromo AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Imola, Italy – Buy Tickets
7/10 | Festival Cruilla | Barcelona, Spain – Buy Tickets
7/16 | SlagtHuset | Malmo, Sweden – Buy Tickets
You can also follow our touring dates on www.VintageTrouble.com for more info.
Pre-order our new album 1 Hopeful Rd. here – http://vintagetrouble.lnk.to/HihG4
So, Austria, May 15, 2005, 4th show into the European tour featuring the great AC/DC. Rumors have it that this is the largest attendance record in Austrian history at 105,000, breaking the previous record of both U2 and Pink Floyd, which hit in the 90,000 range. We, the band Vintage Trouble, being the opener of this monumentous event—the party starter, naturally had three interviews just prior to this gig, two being for radio, one for television. A lot was discussed—we like to spread the gospel of all things rhythm & blues—early rock n’ roll and Soul, so we are comfortable in this environment. And yet, there are literally 105,000 people waiting for us to back up our every word and deliver the truth of our convictions. And so it comes—but not without further romance. Lead singer of AC/DC (none other than Brain Johnson) and bass player, Cliff Williams, greet us just before we hit the stage, a testament to the stand-up gentleman these men are, showing us support by just their presence, yet making us feel so much more as we soak in the essence of what staying true is all about, which is something we’d touched upon in our interviews prior. AC/DC, consisting of guitars, bass, drums and vocals, in today’s quantized computer-ridden music that dominates most airwaves, has broken a record today. Perhaps the pendulum (which has always swung in the favor of AC/DC) is coming back around to all things raw and real. That’s where we, Vintage Trouble, truly enter this picture. We hit the stage with guitar, bass, drums and vocals, throwing ourselves unto our convictions of soul music delivered with a primitive edge all our own—and it worked unbelievably well. It truly felt 105,000 VT TroubleMakers were before us, erupting after every song, responding to our every call like they knew the protocol, hands in the air, shouting out loud, dancing in this enormous field with the sun setting over the Austrian mountaintops just beyond. It was spectacular to witness—but to feel it before us was unbelievable, the crowd chanting “ZU-GA-BE” as we left the stage, which we later learned meant “Encore!” We’ve had some great shows, but this one truly felt like a life changing moment of transcendence. Thank you AC/DC, and fans alike, for keeping all things real and raw alive. We are honored to be on this tour, and humbled daily by the influx of support passed our way.
Vintage Trouble would like to thank AC/DC and their crew for giving us this opportunity to join them on this epic Rock Or Bust European tour!
We believe in the live performance, the connection it can bring. Audience and band creating a community together, that undeniable energy that very few bands can deliver in a massive scale. In rock music AC/DC tops that list that can bring wild fire like that. It’s a huge honor for us to learn from the masters and we will soak in every minute of this tour! We are proud to bring our own style of rhythm & blues music as a contribution to the power of AC/DC, and truly looking forward to be sharing it with all their fans!
See you very soon
5/14 | Red Bull Ring – AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Zeltweg, Austria
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5/16 | Hockenheimring – AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Hockenhiem, Germany
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5/19 | Olympiastadion – AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Munchen, Germany
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5/21 | Olympiastadion – AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Munchen, Germany
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5/23 | Stade de France- AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Paris, France
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5/26 | Stade de France- AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Paris, France
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5/29 | Estadio Olympic- AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Barcelona, Spain
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5/31 | Vincente Calderon- AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Madrid Spain
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* JUNE *
6/02 | Vincente Calderon- AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Madrid Spain
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6/05 | Letzigrund- AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Zurich, Switzerland
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6/07 | Letzigrund- AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Tour | Zurich, Switzerland
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6/26 | British Summer Time – Hyde Park | London, UK
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yours now! We can’t wait to see you again, United Kingdom.
|TroubleMakers!We are so excited to announce a headlining tour in the UK in March and April. Tickets are going quickly, so get yours now! We can’t wait to see you again, United Kingdom.
© Vintage Trouble
Time is moving fast, we are already at a 2014 Thanksgiving date again. Hope you all are with friends, family and loved once. We are tremendously grateful for all your love and support. We are back in Los Angeles writing new music at Studio R that we hope to share with you soon. We get to finish this beautiful 2014 with a new years bash in Austin TX with the one and only Willie Nelson and his family at the ACL. Stay in touch on our Facebook, Twitter or our website
9 countries, 70+ shows. A brief peek at the Summer of Trouble tour of 2014. A special thanks to TroubleMakers around the globe for partying so hard with us. You all make what we do such a joy. VT
Strike Your Light (feat. Kamilah Marshall) – Single – Buy It Here