Music

Tin Alley are at every turn

Rocketing from the backstreets of Melbourne’s thriving live scene, Tin Alley is a rock band with an added twist. Far from generic, recycled sounds and motives, Tin Alley delivers a strong undercurrent of rich string-work and an ethic that commands honest, hard-working dedication to their craft. While the band have been plugging away for almost 10 years now, Tin Alley haven’t been afraid to retain their independent smarts and gravitating sound. Not a band to bow to conformity, Tin Alley has constructed an unorthodox quality for innovative music.

“The band has evolved on many fronts since 1998. Our music has come a long way with a plethora of music written since then; our equipment has changed considerably since we started, our attitude towards our music and towards each other are more grounded now and we are more focused than ever on continuously improving all the above,” guitarist/vocalist Jim Siourthas discusses of his band Tin Alley. ”[We’ve been best described as] stripped back, harmonic and melodious rock – somewhere between You Am I, the grunge era of Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam, and early U2. For me that’s pretty good company!”

Tin Alley is undoubtedly in good company, particularly on the Australian music circuit. With the release of the band’s debut album Every Turn last year, Tin Alley immediately emerged as a prominent element of Australian rock. Through various sociological themes, Tin Alley formulated an album that elevated in originality and integrity. Siourthas highlights these as important foundations to the band’s craft. ” Every Turn has songs on it that deal with a range of factors from male-female issues, responsibility, inspiration and more. The music is as varied as the topics and I think that this is our main objective – to create songs that are different from other bands and different from each other. One point that I always observe with many, especially younger acts, is that all their songs sound similar – almost like one long song – and this is something we consciously try and avoid. In short, our objectives were to create an album that contains unique pieces replicable in a live setting that have ups and downs and that most of all that it represents us as a band.”

Experience and lineup tweaks impeded the timing of Tin Alley’s debut release but the results were obviously well worth the wait. “Although it has been a long time to release our debut album we definitely have not been twiddling our thumbs over the past ten years. After periods of looking for a bass player, then a singer and finally settling on our current line-up, we recorded over 50 songs at demo quality and were pursuing management/record label interest with these recordings. However, after several failed music biz relationships we decided to take charge of the situation and arranged to release our material independently through MGM distribution. Having gained much experience along the way we believe that our music, our attitude and work ethic has developed to a point where we will be releasing loads more recorded material in 2008 and beyond.”

Various press outlets have depicted Tin Alley as a band on the verge of something big; a band that deliver a unique sound that the Australian rock music scene has been calling for. Tin Alley not only brings to the fore a refreshing rock outlook, but an invigorating aesthetic that breathes originality back into music. “The Australian rock music scene is producing some fine, rocking music – tunes that I enjoy listening to every day. However, I think that it has slipped into a pattern where many artists fall into one of two categories: the faster (I prefer to call –  “skating’ type music) from bands such as Kisschasy that ultimately stems from bands like the Offspring and Greenday and the classic rock sound of bands like Jet and Wolfmother that is a resurrection of sounds of the 60s and 70s. Here at Tin Alley, we create intricate, original pieces of music that aren’t easily classifiable to any particular genre – it is definitely rock music but with a wide spanning sound.

“What I like about the Australian music scene is that there is still great opportunity to create, market and ultimately sell music and play live shows – in other countries artists have to pay to play (and pay to record of course!) so I think we still have it quite good here in Australia and especially in Melbourne. The scene is really flourishing. This is also a negative point as well though because over the course of the past 10 years the music scene has just exploded with acts and it can be difficult to get noticed. I hope we can release a few more albums as we still have many ideas and thoughts to record and with that will come several more tours. No one is really certain about what makes a band successful but from our viewpoint as long as we are producing music and touring we’re happy.”

Tin Alley are now hitting to road for a string of shows and the band are ready to give their fans something to sink their ears into. ”[We deliver] a show full of energy, passion, professionalism, great songs, great musicianship and showmanship. I think Tin Alley will pick up heaps of fans this year as we take our music all over the country and beyond – 2008 will be a very exciting year for us.

“Keep supporting Australian music, we have one of the best music scenes in the world and Aussie fans are the ones that make it so!”

Catch Tin Alley as they perform in Victoria and ACT through February and March

February 22 – The Espy Hotel Melbourne, Victoria

February 24 – Ruby’s Lounge Belgrave, Victoria

February 28 – The Governor Hindmarsh – Fuse Festival Ignition Showcase, Adelaide

February 29 – Apollo Bay Hotel Apollo Bay, Victoria

March 7 – The Yahoo Bar Shepparton, Victoria

March 8 – The Green Room Canberra, Australian Capital Territory