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Anthony Lamonde, bassist, is available for interviews in advance of the show.
Please contact Paul Unger to schedule.
The Borstal Boys self-titled 7 song CD started as a solo album for bass player
Rocky Lamonde in late 2017. As he worked on putting together songs for the
recording he put together an incredible group of known musicians to play on the
album (guitarist Vinny Q, drummer Scott Wilson, keyboardist Joe Pelesky
(Houserockers), guitarist Patrick Norman (Rusted Root) and singer Mark
During the recording, Bob McCutcheon owner of The Vault Recording Studio
and owner of Vault Records liked what he heard and signed Lamonde’s project
which later turned into The Borstal Boys. The Borstal Boys is guitar driven with
smooth vocals and bar room pianos. Scott Mervis, entertainment editor for the
Pittsburgh Post Gazette describes the CD as crunchy bar-rock sound laced with
R&B. The main song writing is done by Lamonde, Vinnie Q and Patrick Norman.
Each song has individual influences in them. Lamonde feels they are a rock
band deeply influenced by Rolling Stones and Faces.
The group have created a buzz in the Pittsburgh music scene. The album has
legendary Pittsburgh players on it. Norm Nardini and Hermie Granati played on
several of the tracks as well as Brett Staggs and Katie Simone. While recording
Lamonde reached out to Hermie Granati who played piano on several of the
tracks and asked if he knew any piano players that were looking to get into a
new project. A couple of weeks later Lamonde gets a phone call from Joe
Pelesky, the keyboard player for over 15 years with Joey G and the Iron City
Houserockers. In his years with the Houserockers Joe has shared the stage with
many high level musicians including Bruce Springsteen and The Band. Lamonde
didn’t stop there, he approached Patrick Norman the bass player of Rusted Root
to play guitar on the project. Patrick Norman has played all over the world and
has toured with many giant acts such as Led Zeppelin’s Page & Plant. Patrick
and Rocky hit it off right away and started to write together.
The songs on the CD are about love loss and the pain of living with loss. Guitar
player Vinny Q formerly of the Zippers, Bill Toms and Torn and Frayed, wrote
Marlene June a song for his mother who passed in 2018. The song is a beautiful
tribute to the wonderful life she lived and how she touched his life. She wasn’t a
very religious person but the song is about the thought there has to be a place in
heaven for non believers too.
Head Full Of Ghosts is a song written about the things that go through your head
during bad times. Sometimes it’s hard to block them out but they’re in there.
Personal loss and dark times.
My Everything is about Lamonde’s girl who puts up with him. She has to be a
Fallen Angel was written about a close friend that died too soon. A lifetime of
partying catches up with you sooner or later.
The self-titled CD was mixed by Grammy winning engineer and producer Jimmy
The band is already recording it’s next release due to be out by late spring 2019.
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