When we talk to local bands for this weekly music column, we find a variety of reasons as to why groups get together and what leads us to chat with them. Some have goals that include national record deals. Some are talking about a new indie CD. Some are planning a mini-tour.
With Tin Pan Daddy — which makes its debut on May 2 — things are much simpler.
They are cover band that just wants to have a good time.
As the name suggests, the band is a hybrid of two of the most popular groups from NEPA from the late ‘90s and early 2000s: Tin Pan Alley and Hoosier Daddy. Both were fun party bands that entertained thousands in an era when big rock clubs such as The Staircase, The Voodoo Lounge, Tink’s, Market Street Square, Jitterbugs and the San Souci Lounge reigned supreme.
The band consists of Guy DeAngelo on lead vocals, Dave Lewis on guitar, Kevin Conway (Tribes, Cider) on drums, Dennis Stinson on guitar and Doug Farrell on bass. And though some of the clubs in NEPA may have changed, these guys are back with the same rock-the-bar spirit.
“A mid-life crisis, maybe,” says Farrell with a laugh, when asked what inspired the band’s members to tune up their guitars together once again. “We’ve always been playing together, a little bit here and there. Guy had a band called the Scranton Globetrotters, and Dave was playing in a band called The Likely, with Kevin. Our worlds just kind of started colliding. Guy and I were just sitting around, and we wanted to do a new band, and we had former members of Tin Pan Alley and Hoosier Daddy, and we just blurted it out: Tin Pan Daddy.”
“I wanted to play with people I know,” adds DeAngelo. “I know these guys, and I know they can play. Plus, they’re all interesting characters in their own way. It’s a fun group to be around.”
Farrell says the band will be mixing older songs from the ’90s with some from the current modern rock charts. A peek at the set list reveals everything from Pearl Jam to 311, Lit, Counting Crows, The Killers, Tom Petty, Blessid Union of Souls, Limp Bizkit, U2, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Alice In Chains, Dave Mathews Band, Kid Rock, Coldplay, Gin Blossoms, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Matchbox Twenty, Better Than Ezra, Incubus and John Mayer.
“We try to play a little bit different music,” says Farrell. “A lot of our set is based on what Hoosier Daddy and Tin Pan Alley used to play, with a mix of some modern stuff. It’ll be high energy, with lots of fun. Guy’s very good out front. He’s entertaining and comical at the same time. And Dennis is going to be doing a lot of the singing also — a lot of The Foo Fighters and stuff like that.”
Farrell says that though the similarities between Tin Pan Alley, Hoosier Daddy and Tin Pan Daddy are obvious, there are also some big differences.
“For me, the biggest difference is that my whole life, I had a female singer,” he says. “For eight years, I always played with a female vocalist, and they were all great in their own way, so that’s the biggest adjustment for me, because I like the female voice. Tin Pan Alley was always known for that hot, female, attractive singer that could just belt out notes and just have great vocals. Now, we’re a bunch of guys.”
Still, Farrell says he’s excited about the change and the new project. He says that from 1996-2004, Tin Pan Alley was how he made his living, whereas now, he’s moved onto a career, and music is more of a hobby, which he feels might make the band even more enjoyable. He reiterates that the gigs will be fun.
“We’ve been out of the scene for so long, we just want to try it one more time,” he says. “We’re not going to make a big thing out of it. It’s just something that we love doing together.”
“There’s a lot of people out there these days just running out their and playing,” says DeAngelo, adding that Tin Pan Daddy comes from an old-school vibe that believes the live presentation should come with some flare. The diverse set list can’t hurt, either.
“We’re going to give everybody a mix that should make everyone happy.”
Just a reminder that “Concert For A Cause VI: A Benefit Show for United Way Autism Programs,” takes place tonight at The Woodlands. There will be 38 bands on four stages performing nonstop from 6 p.m.–2 a.m. Donation to enter is $7. Over-21 only. For a complete band schedule, with stages and times, visit www.concertforacausenepa.com.
Who: Tin Pan Daddy
Where: Tonic Bar & Grille,
109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore
When: Friday, May 2, 10:30 p.m.