The Me Toos have been busy working on their latest EP, their 2nd, along with their full length album, “When Wilkes Met Barre.” The 5 songs took a little over a year to finish, with a line up change in the process. Casino Bulldogs drummer, Greg Trimeloni stepped in after the departure of Tom Pashby and can be heard on two tracks, before the band added Kevin Koch to the line-up. Along with Koch, Jesse Baldoni is on lead guitar and vocals and Ben Vivio on bass and vocals.
Often with line up changes along comes a change in the bands sound, but The Me Toos stayed true to their form with some minor adjusting. “It’s definitely not too much of a departure from what we had been doing, but with Kevin on drums, there is a bit of a new flavor to our sound, explains Baldoni.
There is undeniably still a garage rock influence in their sound with a bit of rockabilly for good measure. “I had been listening to a lot of early garage rock especially a band called The Sonics. I also think you can hear some Velvet Underground and Modern Lovers in there too,” admits Baldoni.
The EP is solid start to finish and the Me Toos are everything you could want from your rock and roll band. A lot of guitar, pounding bass, smashing drums and no filler as evident on the track “Baby’s Night Out.” Even on the slower “Skin & Bones,” Baldoni’s vocals shine through. As for Baldoni’s favorite song, “I love the way the opening track “Relate” turned out. It’s the most collaborative song on the EP for sure. I like the way the bass sits alone in the beginning before
the drums and guitar come crashing in.”
The Me Toos’s are looking for their piece of the pie in the rock world and possibly beyond. “We’re really hoping to expand our audience with this release, establish ourselves more firmly in the Pittsburgh music scene, and maybe even hit the road a bit,” says Baldoni
Catch The Me Toos for their CD release party, Friday, June 5 at 9 PM at Howler’s with special guests Roulette Waves and The Neffs.