I had the pleasure of spending Monday night listening to, talking about good music, and drinking good bourbon with Alex Haddad and LarryFlorman of Them Vibes. You may have heard their track “Lorelei“ on the 615 Local Spotlight on Lightning 100. The first time I caught these gentlemen live was at the On Tap Showcase at Tin Roof last week with One Arm Train and our own Lauren Strange. Them Vibes managed to squeeze a five piece band, an energetic frontman, plus a trio of female backup vocalists onto the stage, and almost blew the Tin Roof off the joint. They brought a tremendous amount of passion and energy to tracks from their debut album “Shine On.” Below are a couple pictures from that show courtesy of Shawn Jackson.
So, on Monday, after a few of the aforementioned bourbons, I got to hear a stripped down duet version of a couple of those tracks live, and I’ve got to say I like them even more now. While this is the first release of the current incarnation of this group, Haddad and Florman are not new to the scene. Previously members of Her and King’s County, they have played with the likes of Kid Rock, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, and Kellie Pickler. Through Them Vibes and “Shine On”, Alex and Larry have written and played the raw, honest songs they were meant to bring to life. Their sound carries influences ranging from the gritty rock of The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, the rhythmic sway of The Black Crowes and Tom Petty, and the intimate harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel and The Band. Why don’t you just listen to this for yourself.