THE PROBLEMS ( USA )
Info / Press 2010
One spin of New York based band The Problems, forthcoming album, " POwder Blue Bone", and the listener will hear and feel a rich and engaging blend of roots rock, pop, country, alternative and even a splash of punk. That's the way lead singer and songwriter Frank Caiafa likes it. " We hate being pigenonholed into one category", Caiafa explains. "Becouse of this band's ability to play whatever the songs demand, the songs take on a life of their own.".
The dynamic fueled the creative process behind " Powder Blue Bone", The Problems second full-length independent release following the success, of their self titled debut in 2001. But whereas the first was written and recorded in a short span of time, " Powder Blue Bone" was a project three years in the making, with all sorts of twists and turns along the way. " My original concept was for more of a rock' record bringing in friends and musicians that would help in that direction", Caifa recalls. A serendipitous meeting with Eddy Goldberg and Kate Kilbane, however conviced Caiafa to reconsider his plans. " It become apperent quite quickly that those songs and that concept just weren' t in the cards", he says, " so I would up scrapping or rearranging almost an album's worth of material to then fit into a more rootsy arena.".
With Kilbane ( bass ) and Goldberg ( banjo, harmonica, keys, accordion and vocals ), joining Caiafa ( guitar, vocals ) and fellow founding member Barbara Corless ( drums, vocals ), The Problems began writing and recording the 14 songs that would ultimately make up the Powder Blue Bone track list. Welcoming two new members into the fold presented a unique set of challenges, but it also allowed the band to experiment with everything from instrumentation and production to songwriting. The Problems also were joined in the studio by vocalist Charlene McPherson ( from the NYC band Spanking Charlene ) and guitarist Rich Hinman ( from the NYC band Madison Square Gardeners ), but as Caiafa explains, Corless helps bring it all together behind the drums.
The release of " Powder Blue Bone" has been a long time coming for The Problems, on the heels of all sorts of official acclaim and exposure for their first CD. Bilboard magazine awarded " This Town" an Honorable Mention in the Rock/Alternative rock category of their 2004 " World Song Contest". In 2006, NBC" s Today show prominently featured the song " The Lottery" in a segment, and in 2007, " GarageBand.com" choose " This Town" as their Americana " Track of the Day" while the Ultimate Band List ( ubl.com ) selected The Problems as a featured artist later that yrear. Additionally, Caiafa and The Problems have dipped their toes into the film world, scoring songs in the award - winning independent, " The Dying Light", as well as renowned artist Lonnie Hanzon's documentary " Working The Magic". Caiafa and Kilbane then collaborated on " Schoolyard Steps" for the short film, " The Truth Of Fiction" ( Winner! Best Short NY International Independent Film & Video Festival ), in which Caiafa also makes a quick cameo appearance.
While The Problems have enjoyed writing songs for movie soundtracks, they are molst excited about " Powder Blue Bone". " Everyone involved" with the album was in it for the greater cause and not just " doing their job", Caiafa says." Whether it was scheduling their time or making financial concessions, everyone from the studio owners, engineers and the musicians all went above and beyond. I felt a good kind of pressure to make sure this album wound up meeting or exceeding everyone's good intentions and efforts."
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