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.
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.
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.
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!
The secret’s out on Nashville five-piece Them Vibes. Since forming a couple years ago, they’ve been tearing up the Nashville and Austin underground with their raw and sweaty rock’n’roll and energetic live shows. Now, with the gritty sway and swagger of their new single “Mamma’s Got A Secret,” they seem ready to take over the rest of the nation. They’ve certainly got our attention here at WTMD.
Them Vibes worked with Grammy award-winning producer Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, George Harrison, Kings of Leon, Wilco) on their upcoming EP, TV, which drops on Sept. 8th. They give us a preview of the EP and a brief look into the recording studio in a promo video. Check it out below, and then watch them tear it up during a fiery live performance of “Cryin’ Shame,” a song from their 2013 debut, Shine On.
Them Vibes have released a new song titled “Mamma’s Gotta Secret” which you can check out below.
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.
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
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
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