Reserved for Rondee – Back In Velvet

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Kick Ass Rock n’ Roll – Reserved For Rondee – Back In Velvet

Reserved For Rondee - Back in Velvet

Reserved For Rondee – Back in Velvet

I always dig through all submissions to find the gems. Reserved For Rondee contact me a long time ago asking that I review Back in Velvet. While it took me way too long to get to it, excellent music is timeless. Rock n’ Roll, kick ass and awesome were my first thoughts on the LP.  In my opinion, this ten track LP belongs in the library of anyone who likes superb rock music.

I will share my thoughts on the album in one moment, first let us hear what the band has to say about themselves:

“A melting pot of the NYC indy rock scene, Reserved For Rondee draws inspiration from classic artists like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2 and contemporaries like the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Arcade Fire, blending imagination and style into a mystic rock journey. On the strength of their live performances and their debut EP RFR, released in February, 2012, the band launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary for the recording of their debut album Back In Velvet. Receiving support from an international audience, the band quickly met and exceeded its targeted goal. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY and released in August 2013, Back In Velvet captures the vibrant sound of a band reflecting the energy that can only be found in New York, the greatest city in the world.”

The Band Members are:

  • Trevor Vaughn – vocals
  • Billy Magnussen – guitar
  • Nick Fokas – guitars
  • Tom Degnan – bass
  • Warren Hemmenway – drums

Back in Velvet is a collection of rock tunes, packed with energy, excellently executed with supusuperbformances from every member of the group. The band syncopates perfectly to deliver the listener well-written lyrics via Vaughn’s powerful vocal style, exciting and stellar rhythm and lead guitar work with high energy, and driving percussion. It is explosive-high-powered music that you will listen over and over again.

While there was not a track I thought bad, I am going to mention a few in particular. Circa ’68 is a great hard rock track and the perfect song to start the album with because once you hear it you are eager to hear more by this band. Uh-Oh builds delightfully to explode with emotion and power. She Goes has some awesome noises and superb guitar, again another track loaded with power, movement and emotion. Devil and Year Of Warrin are two more examples of super guitar skills but, while I haven’t finished listening to material outside of Back in Velvet, All Circuits is my favorite in terms of crazy guitar work.

The tracks on the album are:

  1. Circa ’68
  2. Multi Mania
  3. Uh-Oh
  4. She Goes
  5. Devil
  6. Year of Warrin
  7. Age Me
  8. All Cicuits
  9. Of All The Days
  10. Say

Outside of the album reviewed here, the band has many other releases. They are all the same quality of the work I reviewed here. I think they show a good bit of eclecticism in the body of their work. Be sure and check out the southern rock sound of Home and the nice Acapella work, To Brooklyn. I promise you will spend at least a few hours exploring this talented quintet.

You can find out more about this band at:

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment and please support the indie bands by purchasing their merchandise, going to see them live or by simply spreading the word.


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