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From Nashville, TN comes the new EP from Them Vibes titled "TV." The band's alternative-country vibe comes shining through the album's opening track "Mamma's Gotta Secret." Them Vibes has a great raw sound that gives songs like "You Get Me" and "Hit 'n' Run" an authentic feel, instead of over polishing their music like a lot of today's band do. The short five-song release closes with their return to the bar room stomp of "Gone With The Wind." To find out more about Them Vibes and their latest release "TV," please visit themvibes.com.

Revolution Three Sixty

Release: Formed in East Nashville’s underground rock scene in 2013, the band quickly shook the foundations of Music City with their blitzkrieg live show and soulful songwriting. Influenced by the rhythmic sway of The Faces and T-Rex and infected with the raw energy of the Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes, Them Vibes have injected new life into the anemic arm of what currently passes for mainstream rock n’ roll. 

Co-founded by singer-songwriters Brother Love and Alex Haddad, Them Vibes released their debut record, Shine On, independently and began hitting the Nashville and Austin scenes as a five-piece band playing coveted gigs at the High Watt, The Basement, The Mercy Lounge, The Continental Club, the Blue Bird Café and SXSW.

Lighting 100, Nashville’s top independent radio station, began spinning their single “Lorelei,” and the song reached the top ten in the station’s listener-voted “Music City Mayhem” of 2014.

Them Vibes released their debut EP on September 8, 2015. TV was recorded with seven-time Grammy award-winning producer and engineer Richard Dodd, who has worked with the likes of Tom Petty, George Harrison, Counting Crows, The Civil Wars, Kings of Leon and Wilco.

Skope Magazine

Formed in East Nashville’s underground rock scene in 2013, Them Vibes quickly shook the foundations of Music City with their blitzkrieg live show and soulful songwriting. Influenced by the rhythmic sway of The Faces and T-Rex and infected with the raw energy of the Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes, the five-piece band has injected new life into the anemic arm of what currently passes for mainstream rock n’ roll.

https://themvibes.bandcamp.com/track/mammas-gotta-secret

East of 8th

Co-founded by singer/songwriters Brother Love and Alex Haddad in the underground rock scene of East Nashville (or as I call it, “my happy place”) in 2013, five-piece outfit Them Vibes has recently bestowed upon us some of their signature soulful swagger with their newest single, “Mamma’s Gotta Secret.”  The band already has one album under their proverbial belts, and will be releasing a follow-up EP later this fall.  If this new single is any indication of what’s to come, have mercy!

Bucket Full Of Nails

Fueled by flower power and an amphetamine groove, Nashville’s five-piece Them Vibes crack the gilded sheen of The Monkees to reveal the dark underbelly of Pleasant Valley’s status quo on the harmonious trip that is the whooping “Mamma’s Gotta Secret,” the first single from their forthcoming EP, TV.

Resuscitating unabashed rock, Them Vibes will release TV, their follow up to 2013’s debut LP,Shine On, on 8 September.

Stream the blatantly fun “Mamma’s Gotta Secret” below.

The Nashville Deli

I’ve had “Shine On” in my car for the good part of September.  It listens real good, but I’ve come to realize that it may be behind my recent uptick in aggressive driving, late nights, and falling asleep in my mascara.  This debut album by Them Vibes seems to encourage that sort of mischief, because, c’mon, it’s fun (or at least convenient.) The band’s single “Lorelei” (an upbeat steering wheel-slapper about love gone terribly wrong) has been featured on the Deli before, but now that the duo has just released their full-length on iTunes, mention must be made.

“Shine On” is the end product of Nashville transplants Larry Florman and Alex Haddad recording for 6 months.  And goddamn, they should be proud, because they nailed it.  The album delivers ass-kicking rock and foot-stomping roots at a perfect ratio.  “Shine On” has a very well thought-out flow to it, building up and mellowing out at just the right times.  Guns blaze and guitars shred with the albums opener “Cryin’ Shame,” and the following track “Woo Who” pays swampy, Southern-rock homage to the Black Crowes.  Things lighten up with the next song, “Need Somebody,” which is a cheerful sing-a-long (think the Avett Brothers covering “You Got a Friend in Me.”)

The intuition in the track listing is no fluke.  Haddad and Florman are both industry veterans who migrated from New York for Tennessee, and spent a few years in the trenches of big country music.  This album is the pair’s return to a more personal, gratifying approach to their craft.  The duo’s influences ring loud and clear in a few tracks (“Take it as it Comes” is a straight shot of Robert Plant), but combined with their charisma and canniness, it feels appropriate.  Them Vibes sound as though they have already been around for a very long time. 
Hearing the title track “Shine On” is the essence of what makes the band great.  There is a Rolling Stone’s cathartic sensibility to it, but hearing the song flourish with organ, slide guitar, and what sounds like a gospel choir’s worth of female vocals, it caps the album off as a cohesive experience.  Like I mentioned before, it listens real good. 
If Them Vibes keeps making albums at this level of excellence, I'll have a soundtrack for a drive across the country.  Hopefully they will also make enough money to pay for all of my speeding tickets.

 – Terra James-Jura

No Country For New Nashville

I had the pleasure of spending Monday night listening to, talking about good music, and drinking good bourbon with Alex Haddad and Larry Florman 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:


By Contributor Jared Godar

Lightning 100

I’ve never been one to frequent dive bars, but Bobby’s Idle Hour made for a great new find and a new night out of my normal routine. I turned up for an interview and stayed for a hangout with Alex and Larry, making for an easy Wednesday night in Nashville.

As the smoke gave the bar a bit more haze, the stories being served at the bar were tastier to me at that moment than any beer that could have slid over the old, slick countertop.

Larry shared some insight about rock and roll with me by noting that songwriting of this kind requires a liberal use of the word “baby.” Them Vibe’s Facebook profile reveals little “About” them initially by only displaying the quote “Rock and Roll every day of the week… Baby.”… and now I get the joke….

By the end of our conversation I had dubbed them the “’Okay guys,” because they seem to be ever in the wake of giving friends and open windows – even after the door itself has closed – and in their hour of need have been offered help and opportunities and had to merely sit back and humbly, gratefully reply “Okay!”

From Queens and Boston, Larry Florman and Alex Haddad not only survived but have evolved since the breakup of former band Her and King’s County. Back in NYC Larry performed under the guise of Brother Love, recording two albums and working as a singing waiter to make ends meet. First a drummer, Larry knows percussion and adds dimension and complimentary rhythm to Alex’s get-up guitar playing, and some moments of falsetto that draw you back into the room from wherever your mind could have been wandering throughout their harmonies.

Their musical chemistry was already apparent to them before the band split, and the natural next step was for newer-member Alex and “Brother Love” to jet off on a duo venture, revamping their inner rock and soul and shaking it up for old fans. Together they have made East Nashville home and joined in the giant web-weaving of artists, techs and business bodies. Affluent in creative types, the east Nashville area attracted these gentlemen with its sweet aroma of diversity: “Diversity is natural. Your voice is your voice…”  When they discovered Lightning 100, they pursued fast on the heels of the local artist promoter, hoping to catch some air time and build another bridge in music city.

For an album that they began recording only in January of this year, Them Vibes has literally rock and rolled their way speedily through a process that comes so natural to them. But while “Rock and Roll” is “everything – being made up of many different parts of other things,” performing in the Country industry impressed upon them the difference storytelling makes in songwriting. It is the element for painting these stories through song that keeps them writing and recording.

Their first album as a duo is estimated to drop digitally Sept. 17th, and hopefully sooner than later it will be followed by an LP.

Lightning 100 radio station has been looping the  single “Lorelei,” a tune about being so crazy in love that the overwhelming emotions result in jealousy, murder and finding a way to make it into eternity together. “…. it’s really just about love and madness. The name Lorelei was one of the very last things we actually came up with when writing.”  While capturing more of the sporadic jealousy, this love song packs a real punch at the romantic idea of we’ll be together forever – this woman stands for something we all can understand, getting sometimes too caught up in the moment and following the way we feel. But sometimes you just have to follow those good feelings and them good vibes.

by Kaitlyn Crocker

Lockeland Springsteen

Hank Williams said, “I don’t know what you mean by country music. I just make music the way I know how.” And I raise my glass to Mr. Williams and to any artist that remains blissfully avoidant of narrowing classifications and expectations while creating what becomes a true and pure representation of the artist and his work. Yesterday’s glasses were filled with cheap beer and tequila and dedicated to two of the most charming and authentic artists I’ve met in Nashville: Alex Haddad (guitar and vocals) and Larry Florman(drums and vocals), the fueling souls of the rock and roll duo, Them Vibes. Every element of their energy was alluring, from the way they talked, to the way they finished each other’s sentences, to the way they candidly expressed their means to creation and the ideas behind their collective. In the words of Florman, “we are just conveying ourselves, all of the time.”

These two men with kaleidoscopic personalities and motley hair embodied their rock and roll sound in a conversation that was punctuated with electric tones and hued anecdotes. To elevate the experience of hearing them talk about their music and current projects, their friendship and creative partnership exuded a clear chemistry. “He makes me blush,” Haddad bashfully said in response to one of Florman’s sketches, and these interactive moments between the two manifested a conversation that was as musical as their debut album. The two met in New York City when Haddad auditioned for the lead guitar spot in a band in which Florman was playing drums. And despite Haddad’s Boston roots and Florman’s New York birthplace, the two Northerners found themselves clashing in a country band that eventually inspired a move down South, but not for the reason you’re thinking. After touring with the band and stopping through town, the undeniable rhythm of Nashville brought them back. The two have been nestled in their East Nashville abode for about three years, depending how you qualify such a term, and in their brief residency have managed to release a debut album and an infectious realness into the musical culture.

Shine On was released in September 2013 and acted as the gateway piece for Them Vibes’ beginning. “We are a product of our influences,” notes Florman, which is evident throughout the album without detracting from their individual credibility. With their mentality that “it’s all for the song,” Haddad and Florman share the microphone and vocal lines, allowing their strengths in different areas to heighten the songs. “Cryin’ Shame” introduces the record with a reminiscent 60s drive, while other tracks renovate the blues and country in a way that fits the delightful rebels’ current style. Each song possesses its own wealth of musical nature, whether that be the catchy quality of “Lorelei” or the harmonic layers of “Need Somebody.” The collage of Shine On perfectly encapsulates Them Vibes’introduction to the scene in a way that sonically echoes each man’s character of authenticity through unrelenting vocals and driving rhythms.

The writing of these songs is a very “symbiotic” process, and as described by the duo, it is a “piece by piece” development that lets the song guide the way. “Integrity is the most important thing to us,” stressing the band’s dedication to create music that reverberates a standard of rock music that would make Jagger and Page proud. Such musings have brought about five new songs with the anticipation of a sophomore full-length out next year, and they have fueled Them Vibes’ spark to continue to make and spread their tempting sound. Florman expressed, “I want people to say, ‘I just went on a journey with Them Vibes’ when they hear us.” And in addition to the listener’s participation in the journey, Haddad and Florman want to keep going on their own journey to create a “career that is respected, one that you are known for your music.” Well on their way to resuscitating a standard of timeless music that has been diminished in our popular culture, Them Vibes are building a repertoire full of sensual and grainy sounds with personalities and hearts to match.

Katie Arata - Lockeland Springsteen