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Secret Alphabets

by The Sketches

The White Album on steroids. Powerful vocals and arrangements with classic references to bands like the Beatles and Queen in a modern production style.
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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1. Dizzy
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2. Secret Alphabets
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3. Together Alone
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4. Pieces (Too Heavy To Quote)
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5. Sleeper
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6. Apt 101
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7. Hard Read
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8. She Came And Went
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9. Give Me Up (Or Give Me Love)
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10. My Mona Lisa
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Album Notes
"A new and vibrant voice... powerful... classic... I've become an ardent fan" - Michael Barbiero, Grammy-winning mixer (Guns & Roses, Metallica, John Lennon, the Sketches "Secret Alphabets")

"This one's in my car, my iPOD... Honesty and clarity are loud, really loud." - Paul Ebersold (producer, Spacehog, Three Doors Down, Sister Hazel)

"These guys deserve Coldplay's following." -Skid Mills (enginner/mixer, Saliva, Sister Hazel)

"I gotta say, this is impressive stuff!!!" - Billy Zero, XM Radio

"I love your music!" - David Chackler (guru, Queen and Fleetwood Mac)

"A star quality that overwhelms... Reinvents the genre. Phenomenal." - GarageBand.com

"They've defined themselves..." - DCist.com

"Their big jump... happened quickly... you never know where their next leap might take them." - BigYawn.net

The Sketches are headed up by lead singer/songwriter Charlie Bernardo who is Lucky number 7 of 10 kids. The children of Cuban immigrants who fled the communist regime in 1959 for a better life in America, the Bernardos also found refuge in music. Charlies oldest brothers Luie and Jorge played the Beatles relentlessly on their record players, an influence that would later prove stronger than any other in Charlies songwriting. Armed with a forceful tenor in the style of Queen's Freddie Mercury and U2's Bono, both of which he's often compared to, there is no doubting the sincerity and depth in Charlie's voice. His other duty is rhythm guitar which he attacks with a vintage classic rock sound through a Vox amp and Gibson SG guitar, which he affectionately refers to as the "Beatles on steroids" sound.

Charlie's brother Manny shares his apartment as well as his dedication to his craft - Manny provides guitar, piano, and backing vocals. He likes long walks on tree-lined streets, his cat Ray-Ray, most things Fender, and probably you. Manny has worked as a solo artist, and in bands in DC including the Hard Tomorrows.

Greg Watkins has an unusually natural feel for rock given his musical background. Trained at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Greg is highly in demand as a classical and jazz bassist. Greg is also a studio recording artist, whose playing can be heard on numerous film, television, and radio soundtracks, as well as string arrangements for the screamo band, Thrice ("The Artist in the Ambulance"). Greg adds a deft touch to The Sketches sound with his melodic rock bass, and unique bowed and plucked Double Bass.

Dave Magazine plays drums. He likes coffee, cereal, beer, and other breakfast-related items. He has toured the East Coast and Canada multiple times with Monopoli (DC) as well as friends The Hint, and has worked in the studio with the likes of Dan Rappaport and Sal Villanueva(Thursday, Taking Back Sunday), and shared stages with loads of national acts.

THE SKETCHES latest effort, SECRET ALPHABETS, is a collection of 10 songs produced by Mike Poorman(Royden, Paulson) and mixed by Michael Barbiero(Counting Crows, Guns N Roses, Maroon 5). SECRET ALPHABETS will be released June 2, 2007.

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