Vintage Trouble (sometimes abbreviated as VT or ¥) is an American blues rock band. The band formed in Hollywood, California in 2010. They have released one studio album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2011). Their sound has been described as "retro", reminiscent of a number of late 50s and 60s blues and rock artists, such as The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and The Animals. One particularly familiar song called "Today is Pretty Great" was featured in a Honda commercial with the artists seen at the very beginning for a few seconds.
Ty Taylor (vocals) and Nalle Colt (guitar) formed Vintage Trouble after setting up a basic home studio in Venice Beach. They invited their mutual friend Rick Barrio Dill to play bass for the band, and then recruited Richard Danielson to play drums. "We got together in 2010," Taylor told Billboard. "It was one of those experiences where everything was lined up. We had all been friends, and had known each other before the band started up. We had known each other in different arenas. I had known Nalle Colt for about fourteen years, and we had tried to play with each other for so long. We were in one right before Vintage Trouble, and things just weren't working out. So, we left, and decided we wanted to do something a little more raw and down to earth." Taylor has said that the line-up of Colt, Danielson, Barrio Dill and himself developed a good chemistry: "It just felt like we were in a family of people that were going to challenge us."
The band then began creating material in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles. After just two weeks of rehearsals in early 2010, the group began playing local area shows and late night speakeasies. Aiming to emulate mid-century soul music and to use the recording techniques of that era, the band spent a three-day session recording complete takes, turning out 12 new songs for the album "The Bomb Shelter Sessions". Such singles as '"Gracefully", "Nancy Lee", "Still & Always Will" and "Blues Hand Me Down" aimed to produce a sound reminiscent of the days of vinyl records and juke joints, and the essence of the original soul movement. The album was produced by Peter McCabe and co-produced by Vintage Trouble themselves. The album was mixed by Rogers Masson.
How and where the band launched their career in earnest is an important part of their story. They initially took their music outside the USA, as part of a strategy conceived by legendary manager Doc McGhee. "If you look at the history of people like Amy Winehouse, Duffy, or James Blunt, they came [to America] first and didn't make it. Then, they went back over to England, and blew up. We just decided to go to Europe first, and when they were accepted there, we would have a story to share here. That's basically what happened." McGhee wanted to get them in front of as many people as possible, and the strategy worked. "It was pretty simple. The concept was to get all the Troublemakers together, and those people spread the word. We got Brian May to give us some dates, and also some stadium shows with Bon Jovi. It's just hard work by these guys. They just get up in the morning, and go conquer," he said.
After three shows in the UK in early 2011, the band returned in April of that year to appear on Jools Holland's late night TV show Later... with Jools Holland. The band became the 6th most trending topic of the day on Twitter, attained the #13 best selling digital album on iTunes, and had the #5 all around best selling digital album on Amazon UK, beating out both Rihanna and the current Glee (TV series) albums. Additionally, VT had the #2 best selling digital Rock album on Amazon.com UK, and the #1 best selling R&B digital album on Amazon UK. On the 24th April 2011, they appeared on The Late Show with JoAnne Good, (Sunday Night Sessions segment) on BBC London 94.9.
The band joined Brian May (guitar player of rock band Queen) and Kerry Ellis for a tour starting in early May 2011, and in June 2011 supported rock band Bon Jovi on the UK leg of their The Circle Tour.
On April 24, 2012, The Bomb Shelter Sessions was released in the U.S.
They were the opening act for Dave Matthews Band at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, AL. on April 6, 2013.
The band appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 8, 2013, September 5, 2013 and on his penultimate show on February 5, 2014.
The band played at Houston's Free Press Summer Festival on June 1, 2013 and at Rock Werchter (Belgium) on July 4, 2013 which is their biggest festival up to date.
The band's followers are known as "Troublemakers". They have formed a fan base with networks reaching all over the globe. In Billboard, Taylor gave a nod to what has become one of the primary components of the Vintage Trouble set-up. He said that "they have been one of the main things that have kept Vintage Trouble going. They're like part of our band, management, and press team. We definitely couldn't do it without them."
- Current members
- Ty Taylor lead vocals
- Nalle Colt guitars, Backing vocalist
- Rick Barrio Dill bass guitar, backing vocals
- Richard Danielson drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Live members
- Charlie Brumbly Backing vocalist, Harmonica (2010-2011)
- The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2011)
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- DownloadCharts.net: UK Albums Wednesday, 20th April 2011. Itunescharts.net (2011-04-20). Retrieved on 2012-11-06.
- BBC London 94.9 - The Late Show with Joanne Good, With Vintage Trouble and Tom Moriarty in session. Bbc.co.uk (2011-04-24). Retrieved on 2012-11-06.
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- announce support artist for 1st leg of N. American Tour. The Who (2012-09-25). Retrieved on 2012-11-06.