Inspired by the likes of Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner, and Ray Charles, Los Angeles quartet Vintage Trouble's "primitive soul" sound was a deliberate attempt to re-create the era of vinyl records and jukebox joints.
The brainchild of James Brown-esque vocalist Ty Taylor, previously the frontman for mid-'90s R&B act Dakota Moon and a former Rock Star: INXS contestant, and guitarist Nalle Colt, the band began working on material in its small Venice Beach home studio in early 2010, before recruiting former 2nd Day Crush bassist Rick Barrio Dill and drummer Richard Danielson to complete the lineup. Within two weeks, Vintage Trouble were performing at shows across the Laurel Canyon area they had relocated to, and just a few months later, teamed up with producer Rogers Masson (Day of Fire) to record their debut album in an old-school-style period of just three days. After signing a deal with legendary manager Doc McGhee (Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe), they concentrated their efforts on the U.K., where viewers had responded well to their performance on BBC2's flagship music show, Later... with Jools Holland, and spent much of 2011 touring up and down the country. After releasing their first record, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, in the same year, they supported Queen's Brian May and musical theater star Kerry Ellis on their joint tour, and opened for Bon Jovi on the U.K. leg of the band's Circle Tour. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi