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Wailing City Spotlight: Interview with Llama Tsunami

Published September 21, 2023
Interview by Meghan Killimade

You guys have been together and playing in the area for around 15 years!? For those who may be unfamiliar - what's the history of the band?  
Band: Formed in 2008, Llama Tsunami is a 9 piece ska band. Many members have come and gone over the years- there are 20 current and former llamas! Currently, three original members remain; Ben Perry (bass, vocals), Nick Perry (vocals), and Josh Middleton (trumpet). Kevin Stoodt (saxophone) joined in 2010, Zach Lewis (lead guitar) joined in 2013, and Christy Hagerty-Stoodt started singing with the band in 2015. Meg Canastar (trombone) joined in 2018, Marcus Dipollina, a long time friend and drum sub, joined officially as our drummer in 2019, and Evan Grey joined in 2022 as our rhythm guitarist. Zach and Marcus are from Waterford, Evan is from New London, and everyone else is from Montville. The band has always been a creative outlet, but also we’re just a bunch of folks who want to have fun, and be a little dumb, like, as a band. We started as college kids who wanted to make music with friends, and now we’re a bunch of adults who make music with friends....

Wailing City Spotlight: Interview with Element 88

Published August 31, 2023
Recently, while doing some show promotion on WailingCity's Instagram page, I stumbled upon Element 88, a teenage rock band out of Westerly, RI, who are seemingly making quite a buzz in the area. 

Video clips of the band's recent live shows highlight their energy and passion and there is an obvious chemistry within the group that stands out in their performance. As they work to carve out their own unique sound, you can absolutely hear a more mature musical influence of classic rock, jazz, funk and blues... blended with a more current indie rock. The sound that these guys are creating is quite impressive for a group aged just 13 & 14. 

There is no doubt that the young band have put quite a bit of work into their project, boasting a slew of well-built original songs - one of which includes "Bluffs", their newly released debut single.

Having showcased their songs at "Youth on the Mic" nights at the The Knickerbocker Music Center in Westerly, RI - and honing their skills with the support and instruction of  The RI Phil Music School at the United Theatre, they've created quite a buzz... this band will be one to watch! 

I recently asked the guys how they got started, about the new single and what they have coming up. Check out the interview and new single below!

Maritime Festival Music Schedule 2023 @ City Pier New London Sep 9 & 10

Kurt Vile & The Violators @ The Garde Sat Sep 23

Summer Concerts 2023 @ Esker Point Beach June-Aug (Thursdays)

*Last Updated 8/25 2:20pm

Garlic Festival Music Schedule 2023 @ Olde Mystick Village Sep 16 & 17

'Concerts In The Park' 2023 @ Washington Park June-Sep (Fridays)

*Last Updated 9/1 3:10pm

Summer Concerts 2023 @ McCook's Beach Park Niantic July-Aug (Wed & Fri)

*Last Updated 9/1 3:10pm

Downtown Live Summer Concert Series 2023 @ Hygienic Art Park July-Aug (Thursdays)

*Last Updated 8/25 2:20pm

Summer Concerts 2023 @ Waterford Beach June-Aug (Wednesdays)

*Last Updated 8/24 4:06pm

Summer Music 2023 @ Mystic River Park June-Aug (Mondays & Tuesdays)

*Last Updated 8/10 1:50pm

Bash On The Grass 2023 @ Foxwoods July & Aug (Fridays)

*Last Updated 8/27 12:10pm

Norwich 'Rock The Docks' & 'Friday Night Acoustics' Summer Concert Series 2023 July & Aug

*Last Updated 8/30 10:32pm

Summer Concert Series 2023 @ Stonington Vineyards July & August (Fridays)

*Last Updated 8/27 12:10pm

Telegraph Moves To New Location on Bank Street, Soft Opening Friday April 7!

Big news! New London's beloved record store, The Telegraph, is moving from it's Golden Street location, (where it's called home for the last 12+ years), to a new *larger* location at 137 Bank Street! Soft opening is slated for this Friday April 7! Just in time for Record Store Day, the worldwide celebration of independent record stores, which will be held on April 22 this year! 

Telegraph Celebrates New Location Grand Opening & Record Store Day Sat April 22

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Last updated 4/20/23 11:30pm

Winter Music Series 2023 @ Stonington Vineyards Jan 7-Apr 29

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Wailing City Spotlight: Interview with Rogue March

Published March 2, 2023
St. Patrick's Day season is upon us... and our area is strong in celebration... parades, events, food, drink and of course... music! 

Enter Rogue March - a multi-instrumentalist duo who play a mix of original songs, traditional Irish standards and sea shanties --hence describing themselves as "rebel songs of Ireland and the sea". The band have a slew of gigs coming up in the area over the next month to get you in the Irish spirit and also a few out of town gigs opening for Irish music legends Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones and Chicago Celtic punk band The Tossers!

Wailing City recently asked Stuart Fensom of the duo some questions about how the band came to be, the music they play, their favorite local hangs and where we can catch one of their shows... 

Wailing City Spotlight: Interview with John Speziale of Sweet Mercy!

Published February 16, 2023
Sweet Mercy! is a roots Americana influenced band, lead by John Speziale of Stonington and featuring multi-instrumentalists from all areas of New London county and Westerly, RI. The band performs as an acoustic trio or quartet and sometimes as a full band featuring electric guitar and drums. Sweet Mercy! has opened for prestigious acts, including The Hoolios and The Carleans and they’ve shared stages with such talented song writers as Dan Blakeslee and Haunt the House. The band’s hot licks and harmonies earned them a New London, CT Whalie Award for Best Roots Rock Band in 2016. More recently, Sweet Mercy! have been playing shows around the area in support of their new self-titled album released in September of 2022. 

From their bio: 'Sweet Mercy!’s first album, appropriately titled 'Sweet Mercy!', is a compilation of songs reflecting the cultural, regional, ethnic and musical influences that have combined to make the Americana genre. Nola’s in there, along with blues, Cajun, Tex-Mex, rock and roll… There’s a murder ballad, and even a song inspired by the circus. Eight of the songs were written by John, the ninth song is a rocking rendition of a traditional Americana classic.'

Wailing City recently asked John Speziale about the band, the songwriting/recording process and what's coming up for Sweet Mercy!...

Bridging Scenes: Interview with Scott Fitch of New Haven's The Rezistors

Published January 26, 2023
Scott Fitch, (a.k.a. Son of a Fitch), is a professional engineer and a local CT consulting business owner who has also been a local New Haven area rock musician for about 25 years. He originates from the Phoenix/Tempe Arizona music scene during the heyday of the Gin Blossoms, Meat Puppets, and Refreshments. Other than the most recent guitarist for The Lost Riots, Scott was best known as part of a 3-piece Tuba Rock band called The Gene Gnomes. He is now a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for The Rezistors who have been together for just over a year. 

The band are playing at 33 Golden Street this Saturday January 28th along side Fatal Film, The Prozacs and Jared Knapik. Check out this interview with Scott, by Jeffrey Thunders - and check out the show Saturday!