D.J. Lauria Band, recent winners in the Billboard 7th Annual Song Contest! Abe Vigoda says, "these guys make me hum!" With luck, they'll soon fulfill their dream to become
Conan O'Brien's hair care specialists. Also, it is their intention to use actress Helen Slater in every video they make. No one has any explanation for this.
D.J. Lauria - Guitar, Keys, Vocals.
Lauria has played with such notables as Elliot Easton (The Cars), John Cafferty, Rob Afuso (Skid Row), and bluesmen Professor Harp and James Montgomery. A smoking guitarist with a lyrical touch; think Ritchie Blackmore channeling Marshall Crenshaw. A gifted songwriter who has been covered by: Range of Motion, Ted Stevens Band, Vic Foley's Southern Fried Swang Thang, and Dawn Marie; and whose "Time That I Forgot" was a winner in Billboard's 7th Annual Song Contest.
Finally, we have no idea if he's related to
Nando Lauria, but you have to admit it's another cool name...
John Andrade, Jr. - Drums.
Former member of Geffen recording artists The Cool Fools, who toured with the reunited Guess Who. Also worked with Satellite recording's Proj-X. A pounding, yet subtle timekeeper who is in demand as a songwriter in his own right. (Oregon recording artist Vincent T.'s cover of Andrade's "Happy Christmas, Baby," was recently included on the Portland Songwriter's Association CD of the year's ten best new songs.)
Sean Finnerty - Bass.
A former disc jockey at WCVY, Sean was the bassist for New England's late, great rock band The Marlowes. Tour stops included New Orleans, Toronto & Philadelphia. Also, Sean co-wrote "Paper Hats," a single released in Japan.
He has done much session work, including Pennsylvania singer/songwriter Paul Michael's CD "That's our Pauly."
The band has just released a seven-song CD entitled
"Satellite Pictures." Lauria's songwriting has Scott Pazur of
CDReviews.com praising, "...the prize here is "Time That I Forgot", a modern pop ditty along the lines of Gin Blossoms or Marshall Crenshaw..."; Lori Powers of Eternal Jam Magazine adding "Lauria is a talented musician and gifted songwriter"; and Andy Smith of the
Providence Journal declaring, "Supercharged pop is [this] power trio's forte." "Time That I Forgot," the band's latest single, was awarded by Billboard Magazine in their 7th Annual Song Contest. The band was a finalist for "Best New Act" in the 1995 Providence Phoenix Reader's poll.
They have been profiled for TDK's "Best Unsigned Bands," and featured by r a w online. The web's international reach has made it possible for the band to be added to playlists in Japan, China, Thailand, Belgium, Great Britain and Yugoslavia, in addition to stations all over the US and Canada.
D.J. Lauria Band has opened for Robert Cray, J. Geils, Ian Hunter, Molly Hatchet, Duke Robillard, Debbie Davies and many others. They have been touring New England and the Mid-Atlantic steadily, including gigs at New York's CBGB and Lion's Den; Boston's Harper's Ferry and Sticky Mike's; Portland's Old Port Tavern; Hartford's Hungry Tiger; Providence's Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Living Room, Met Cafe, and the Call, just to name a few cities and clubs.
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