The Del Lords, The Bleeding Hearts

The Del Lords

The Del-Lords are an American rock and roll band that formed in New York City in 1982, founded by The Dictators' guitarist Scott Kempner. The band combined elements of 1960s garage rock with country, blues, and folk influences to become one of the initial progenitors of urban-roots-rock. The band members were: Scott Kempner, Manny Caiati, Eric Ambel, and Frank Funaro.

Though praised by critics as one of the best rock bands of the 1980s, the group was derailed by label mismanagement and a Catch-22 situation at radio. Modeled on British bands of the 1960s that used several singers – The Kinks, Beatles, The Who - Kempner's vision was to create an act featuring four singers, that some said was like an "East Coast Beach Boys".

The band took its name from Del Lord, director of many early Three Stooges shorts. The four Del-Lords studio albums, released between 1984 and 1990 – Frontier Days, Johnny Comes Marching Home, 'Based on a True Story and Lovers Who Wander – were released on CD in 2008 by the American Beat label.

The Bleeding Hearts

Cheap Trick meet The Dead Boys! All the fire and venom of late '70s punk rock with pop and hard rock sensibilities. Let's call it 1978 without the Disco!

Bleeding Hearts proudly fly the Raleigh blue-collar rock flag, in that they have “The Sneer” down pat – that snarling edge to their guitars, vocals and words. All three are in full effect on their righteous new album, Divorcing New York. - David Menconi, News and Observer

"On Divorcing New York, the third LP from The Bleeding Hearts, the band offers everything you want from basic rock 'n' roll bluster: riffs, hooks and humor, all simmering in the unmistakable air of Saturday night...a trove of newly minted treasure. Summoning a wit and classic rock bravado that don't exist so much anymore, The Bleeding Hearts have at last delivered on their cocksure promise."
- Chris Parker, IndyWeek

If rock and roll has to be one thing, and one thing only, it has to be LOUD. Sexy. Abrasive. Dangerous. Rapturous. Feverish. Bluesy. Foot-tapping. Body-moving. Deadly. Did I say one thing or ten? The definition differs for every listener, but whatever that most central characteristic is for you one thing is certain: The Bleeding Hearts have it. IT. Raw power.

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