Early footage of L.A. soul rock sensations tearing the roof off Harvelle’s in Santa Monica
By Alex Baker
This week’s Artist Showcase Encore could be subtitled “Before they were Famous.” Because in the two years since we shot them at a tiny club in Santa Monica, Vintage Trouble have become a worldwide sensation.
Within weeks of us shooting the band tearing it up in front of a packed hometown crowd at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica, they began their conquest of the UK, touring with Brian May of Queen and appearing on Later with Jools Holland. Since then they’ve toured with The Who, Lenny Kravitz and Bon Jovi. They’ve also played Coachella and appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. Next month they’ll be taking time off from their latest tour opening for The Who to support The Rolling Stones for their landmark gig in Hyde Park. Oh, and of course as you might expect, they’re also Big in Japan.
You’ve got to hand it Ty Taylor, Richard Danielson, Rick Barrio Dill, and Nalle Colt; they’ve worked hard for it and it’s nice to see a talented band of real musicians plot such an easy course to the top, especially in the age of auto-tune, programmed beats, and Justin Bieber.
Looking at this early footage, you can see VT had “it” pretty much from the get-go; the look, the sound, the special rapport with their audience.
Despite the band’s fame in Europe and the UK, it’s surprising that much of America is still relatively unaware of Vintage Trouble. The upside of this is that for the next year or so, you can still catch Vintage Trouble doing perhaps what they do best; tearing it up in steamy little clubs just like this one.