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Telling on Trixie

by Telling on Trixie

Scratchy, soulful vocals lead Telling on Trixie's full-bodied, meaty rock/pop sound.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Halfway Back to Sane
3:32 $0.99
2. Dumb Boy
3:43 $0.99
3. Orion's Light
4:39 $0.99
4. Circles in the Sky
3:17 $0.99
5. Instincts
3:53 $0.99
6. Twisted in Knots
2:57 $0.99
7. Angels Fall
3:47 $0.99
8. Devil's Best Friend
4:03 $0.99
9. Atlantis
3:36 $0.99
10. Your Silence
3:49 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Telling on Trixie is a New York City rock band created from a partnership of opposites- the introverted guitarist and the extroverted lead singer who bring out the best in one another to create something bigger than themselves. On their self-titled, debut album, you can hear the seamless result of two very different people joining together to create music with skill and passion – and it’s music that is already substantially impacting listeners. This band tells you it's OK to sass your ex, to want out of the bad relationship, to not do your homework, to make mistakes, to let go and have some fun. Even the loudest of guys sometimes feels like hiding; even the shyest of guys can play rock music on huge stages for rowdy fans.

The debut album has spun on hundreds of stations nationwide, ranking as high as #2 on several stations’ College Music Journal Top 30 charts. Among the first to spin the album was Jonathan Clarke of Q104.3 in New York, KWSS FM in Phoenix and Mondo Blu in Spain. Their exposure blossomed with their first video, for “Halfway Back to Sane,” featuring America’s Next Top Model star Jade Cole. The video is featured on music video programming worldwide, including upcoming rotation on MTV’s LOGO channel. Several nationwide festival, club and college dates are supporting their debut release, including: CMJ Music Marathon, the Cincinnati Midpoint Music Festival, Charlotte’s MidAtlantic Music Festival, NYU Relay for Life 2008, and Red Gorilla Showcase during SXSW 2008. Within 6 months, Budweiser had named Telling on Trixie a Premiere Band, featuring them on

“Playing this on the air RIGHT now at WMHB…Sounds SOOOO good when you crank up the in-studio humungo speakers. YEAH!!!!!” - WMHB, Maine’s Alternative Music Station

"Truly spine-tingling at times...there is enough soul in the vocals and depth in the songwriting that these songs do come off as a little bit more than just catchy anthemic rock, making Telling on Trixie a band to keep an eye on in the future."
Soul of

“Telling on Trixie is what MPMF is all about - creative and smart.”
Sean, Director of Cincinnati’s Midpoint Music Festival

"In a short time this band has already begun to build an impressive musical pedigree.
C.W. Ross, Indie Music

"I really love this band. This is so much better than Avril Lavigne’s latest, not to mention less melodramatic. Nicoletto has the presence that many classic singers have. He reminds me a great deal of Paul Rodgers when it comes to versatility and soulfulness but that shouldn’t downplay the band as they have ably created a well rounded backdrop for his voice. If you are looking for something new that will instantly grab you and make you want to sing along then you should check this band out."
Infuze Magazine

“#3 on our CMJ Top 30 and the best we’ve heard in years.”

“CMJ is upon us. Amidst all the mayhem, a few are worth checking out. Telling on Trixie is one of them.”
Indie Sounds New York

"A solid combination of crunchy rock, power pop, and organ-fed soul, Telling on Trixie's debut album comes out roaring with "Halfway Back to Sane" and "Dumb Boy." The two songs powerfully describe the two sides of the heartache coin. Derek Nicoletto's vocal flair puts one in mind of soulful rock singers like David Bowie and Chris Robinson. He sings with heart and soul and you can still understand all the words...the band's best work is excellent and it's no surprise these New York indie rockers are getting themselves some TV licensing spots and prestigious gigs. "
- Lee Sobel, Indie Roundup



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David McNutt

This CD Kicks Ass
I love these guys! Great music, awesome lyrics, vocals from the soul! You can't go wrong with Telling on Trixie! Can't wait for the next CD...


Strong Album
This is a strong record from start to finish. Just be careful, one of those catchy choruses is going to be stuck in your head all day. Halfway Back to Sane and the sexy swing in Dumb Boy are instant favorites.

Jed Ryan, PM Entertainment Magazine

At first, New York City-based band Telling on Trixie seems awash in mystery: What does the name of the band mean? What is the meaning of the cryptic cover art of their self-titled debut album? And, most of all, what is their musical style? As soon as their listening audience is pulled in with the first track, "Halfway Back to Sane", however, we know that we are in for a unique sound experience. This is bona fide powerhouse rock and intricate pop production, with expert electronic sounds permeating the music. Telling on Trixie features the doubly penetrating weapon of Telling on Trixie's charismatic frontman Derek Nicoletto (who co-wrote all the lyrics and music with Brad Small) and his selection of background musicians. Nicoletto's voice is sensitive and slightly yearning without sounding vulnerable, strong without being intimidating (with the exception, perhaps, of "Devil's Best Friend" towards the end...), and occasionally brooding. Yet, his delivery is always genuine and grounded. As Nicoletto sings, beats pulsate and throb, guitars (by Fil Izler) go wild, and drums (by Ethan Eubanks) pound in the background. The 10 tracks on "Telling on Trixie" the album feature intense tracks like "Circles in the Sky" and more stripped-down tracks like "Atlantis". The hard-hitting "Dumb Boy" is an energetic variation of the saga about the "good ol' boy" who makes some bad mistakes. Boy, can't we all relate! Nicoletto sneaks in some impressive notes at the end of this track. Telling on Trixie opts for a more ethereal sound for "Orion's Light", which features smooth grooves and a more soulful (This is "hazel-eyed soul", baby! ), soothing vocal style by Derek-- along with accents of dynamic guitar and drums. "Orion's Light" strikes the listener as an '80's-inspired power ballad for the 2007 New York City generation of movers and shakers; it's as inspirational as its title would imply. "Circle in the Sky" ups the musical ante a notch (OK, several notches!) with its dynamic electo-rock sound. Indeed, Derek's got the vocals to match. The result is that "Circles in the Sky" is the the climax of "Telling on Trixie", the album's most infectious track. It never breaks in its intensity, even as the song enters its simmering finale.

"Instincts" returns to the more ethereal sound the band demonstrated with "Orion's Light", but juxtaposes the feeling with aggressive guitar work and just a touch of a pyschadelic flavor throughout. Check out these lyrics: "Kamikaze lust to justify, like Adam and his apple; Like Judas and his foolish pride. I rush to complication, I speed to my own death; I’m trading my foundation for a moment of your heated breath. I’m trusting my instincts, Adam’s apple tasting right, I’m trusting my instincts...". "Twisted in Knots" offers a pounding beat and some throbbing hesitancy and urgency in Nicoletto's voice. "Devil's Best Friend", full of attitude, reinvents Derek as 'bad boy', clearly influenced (At least this reviewer got that impression...) by his bad boy brothers in the realm of country music: "I can't stand your face, Your lying mouth is too crooked to mention, I've got a gritty little issue to bring to your attention; Infidelity's your strong suit, baby. Now you're gonna see mine; 'cuz I'm a hard drivin' man with diabolical plans, and I can make you or break you with either one of these hands..." It's yet another highlight on the album. "Telling on Trixie" ends with "Your Silence", a much-needed "cool down" session, with a stripped-down sound and rather thoughtful (dare I say "earnest"?) aura. It's an interesting, almost teasingly abrupt ending to a wild ride of an album.

It's difficult to pinpoint exactly who Telling on Trixie's musical influences are... but with their musical skill, intense presentation, expert production, and more than just a little "edge", Telling on Trixie strike me as being the East Coast reincarnation of the Red Hot Chili Peppers as we enter 2007 and beyond. Yet with their band's rock-solid debut album, the team of Derek Nicoletto and Brad Small-- the masterminds behind the music-- show us that Telling on Trixie is truly their own invention.

Jed Ryan
PM Entertainment Magazine