Born Again Floozies

Born Again Floozies

New Roots music: Joey Welch has recorded three albums with world-renowned engineer/producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) and garnered accolades from all over the world. Joey Welch has had several songs on the College Music Journal Top 100 (the most recent debuted at #11 on the CMJ national chart). Joey Welch developed his aggressive, unique guitar style busking the streets of 4 continents (even toured Ireland in a horse-drawn gypsy wagon), playing the guitar like a piano-- or like Stevie Wonder on the Clavinova. Welch uses everything to deliver his music: his guitar, turntablist, tuba, trombone, tap dance and stomp orchestral percussion. Welch has toured the U.S. playing as many as 260 shows a year. Joey Welch started the Born Again Floozies in 2003 and first toured Ireland in a horse-drawn gypsy wagon as a duet of guitar and tap dancer.

At ten years of age, Joey Welch began his professional music career on trumpet. Tragically, while studying at the University of Cincinnati he was assaulted with brass knuckles and due to injuries to his embouchure, had to quit the trumpet and switched to his first love, the guitar.

The Floozies' first gigs were in a small club (capacity 30). The shows were a wild, sweaty romp, and the listeners kept stomping and clapping and packing in the shows. In 2005 Born Again Floozies recorded with world-renowned engineer/producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies), and Nick Webb at Abbey Road Studios (John Lennon, Coldplay) and garnered accolades from many unlikely sources (and many foreign countries).

The Floozies’ 2007 and 2008 releases both debuted at #11 on the CMJ national Top Adds chart, then spent 8 - 10 weeks on the CMJ national airplay charts.

The Born Again Floozies have been invited and appeared on the PASTE Magazine best new releases music sampler in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Tiffany Kilfeather of the College Music Journal (CMJ) reviewed the Born Again Floozies’ 2008 release Street Music saying it offered listeners “life-sustaining enjoyment”.

"Joey Welch delivers the goods, to a such degree that he's vaulted himself into the highest tier of songwriters in today's music scene. "
-Scott A.C., The Armchair Critic

The BBC's Simon Mayo recently featured the Floozies with an interview and in-studio performance on BBC Radio 6, and described Joey Welch's playing as "Fantastic".

Steve Albini described them as "Off the hook".

"Marvelous stuff." -David Cowling, Americana UK;

The Netherlands' Hanx Magazine gave them 3.5 out of 4 stars (and an elaborate review in dutch that we don't understand).


Fronted by tattooed blonde bombshell Lindsay Manfredi, American rock outfit Kaleidostars delivers powerful hooks, punk energy, and a glam rock swagger with aspirations to move audiences worldwide with its bold, ambitious, and inspired sound.

In some ways Lindsay Manfredi is a throwback to a 90s riot grrrl: a fearless, confident, and brainy feminist who is actively engaged in social causes (e.g., Lindsay is a co-founder of Girls Rock Indianapolis!, a rock camp for teenage girls). Lindsay’s voice can be juxtaposed from gritty and raw to sweet and melodic sometimes within the same song. Lindsay is also a gifted lyricist delivering lines like “heading there, brace for impact” (“Autograph”) and “we tend to take advice from lost souls” (“Soar”). It is clear to the engaged listener that Lindsay has a lot on her mind that she needs to express musically to connect with people experiencing their own hopes, dreams, and struggles.

Kalediostars formed from the ashes of Neon Love Life, an all-girl group Lindsay fronted that called it quits after it gained notoriety with an indie debut album due to a hectic tour schedule and a member moving away. Lindsay met future Kaleidostars’ band mates Eric Klee Johnson and Marc Johnson at The Pop Machine recording studios in Indianapolis where Eric and Marc produced a Neon Love Life track for “Forevermind”, a tribute record commemorating the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s “Nevermind”. The Johnson-Manfredi-Johnson collaboration was a success scoring over 70,000 downloads of the release. “It was natural for us to work together after the disbandment of Neon Love Life,” said Eric. “We have common musical sensibilities and a drive to make timeless, not timely, music”.

Kaleidostars recruited drummer Tony Medeiros upon Medeiros’ return to the U.S. Midwest after spending several years in Los Angeles as a session and touring musician. Eric, Marc, and Tony last worked together in the paisley underground band Wonderdrug. Eric and Marc are record producers and mix engineers who have worked with the Airborne Toxic Event, Cold Stares, Tokyo Police Club, and John Waite who oversee the recording of the K-Stars’ music.

Marc Johnson is a rock guitar phenom that colors Kaleidostars’ sound with an iconic Gibson-Marshall guitar sound who crafts muscular riffs worthy of Mick Ronson, Jimmy Page, or Jack White. Bassist Eric Klee Johnson and drummer Tony Medeiros interlock to provide a sturdy sonic foundation that is sometimes groovy, sometimes straight-ahead – always powerful.

Kaleidostars released their debut single “From Here” in 2012 and have pledged to release (at least) one song every month during 2013; January’s installment is the arena rock love anthem “Soar”. The individually released tracks (available for digital download and streamed online at Bandcamp and Soundcloud) will ultimately compile Kaleidostars’ debut release on Indie 500 records.


Vaudevileins combines elements of progressive and pop rock to form songs built on sweet melodies and powerful rhythms. Jeff Julian, guitar and vox, and drummer Brennen Chouinard, ex-Deconstructing Jim, have now joined forces with guitarist Andy Payne and bassist Bill Aldridge. The four have formed into a cohesive unit that spent 2011 touring in support of their self-titled record. Since then, the boys have been busy in the studio recording an EP, for release in spring 2012, as well as writing for a follow-up full-length to be released later in the year.


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