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Ugly, Broke & Sober

by Telling on Trixie

soulful, anthemic pop-rock
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Shooting in 60
3:29 album only
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2. Crash Me Up
3:42 album only
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3. Mad About You
3:57 album only
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4. A.N.F.O
3:37 album only
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5. Eden (Take a Bite)
4:03 album only
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6. The Deepest Dive
4:17 album only
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7. Ugly, Broke & Sober
2:56 album only
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8. Your Silence (Band Version)
3:33 album only
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9. Late So Tired
4:05 album only
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10. Steps to the Throne
4:29 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
If one word could sum up Telling on Trixie, it would be “unstoppable”. The New York rock quintet doesn’t take no for an answer, and the result has been increasing exposure on radio, TV and an unshakable relationship with a growing fanbase that supports the band beyond measure – funding their recording, providing input, support and more. Their new album, Ugly, Broke & Sober, is a clear artistic breakthrough, displaying the benefits of their hard work, new partnerships and relentless commitment to taking their music to the next level.

Founded by lead singer Derek Nicoletto and guitarist Brad Small, Telling on Trixie’s rise has been in no small part due to their ability to think outside the box. Derek says, “Everything we’ve earned in the past year has been from our willingness to put ourselves out there and share who we’re about.” Whether through blogging about what it’s like to be an indie rock band, playing venues around the country, or opening up their creative process to their fans, the band has created followers through one-to-one communication . And the results have been tremendous: radio play on over 300 radio stations, live performances on Sirius Satellite Radio for three million listeners, and video play and accolades on MTV’s LOGO network - including Best of 2007, all in support of that year’s the self-titled, debut, self-released CD.

It’s hard to imagine how any of this could have happened without “A Band With A Plan,” the website that has encouraged fans to donate to their recording and marketing funds, and which has also been a wellspring of the band’s creativity. Explains Derek, “It’s a two way process. As I made decisions on our new album, I would share them with the fans and get their feedback. They’re involved – as if they were record executives in their own right.”

But no matter how inventive the marketing and promotion, it would be all for naught without the music, and for Ugly, Broke & Sober, the band’s addition of Tommy Kessler on lead guitar and in the production booth has helped the band break new musical and emotional ground. “I put out the word that we needed to find a great guitarist, and he wrote me an email definitively stating, ‘I am the guitar player for this band.’ That’s how Tommy operates. We got together with him and the other guys, and everything just worked.” Brad recalls. “Derek and I have worked together for a long time and have achieved a delicate balance between us. Tommy has a way of inserting his ideas and enhancing ours while still being respectful to our vision.”

While their debut had a retro/funk vibe about it, Ugly, Broke & Sober features a much more guitar based, hard-edged power-pop feel to it. That’s in part due to Tommy’s influence, but it’s also testament to the comfort that the band members found with each other after a year and half together on the road. Derek elaborates, “The players on our debut album were chosen by our producer. On Ugly, Broke & Sober, we used our own members and friends, so there was a level of comfort and trust in the studio that opened the door for some real creative risk. When there are no unfamiliar faces, it’s easier to say, “I’m going to knock on my skull with my knuckles in ‘A.N.F.O.,” or, “let’s cover Belinda Carlisle.” As you can hear on this album, this approach proves a lot more fun and inventive.”

From the opening notes of “Shooting in 60,” there’s an authority and grandeur to the music that is overpowering. Derek sings with a dramatic and almost operatic passion while Brad and Tommy’s guitars flail and crunch, enveloping in their power. The lilting and irresistible pop feel of “Crash Me Up” features random words of “A Band With A Plan” members, which Derek successfully turned into lyrics. And there is the poignant and moving title track, a tale of recklessness and redemption, of how one can turn around from a tragic period. “The song is partly about an accident I was in after getting wasted; partly about my friends who have surmounted the insurmountable, such as jumping from the Brooklyn Bridge - and surviving. Recording this song in the studio was so emotional that it was a challenge for me to sing it,” says Derek. “But it’s a song about hope – a feeling that lately, we’ve been experiencing a lot.”

Telling on Trixie is one of those special bands that have managed to marry musical excellence with an exceptional drive to have their songs heard – building something unique in the process. Ugly Broke & Sober is the fruit of all their hard work, openness and musical aspirations. Derek concludes, “Last time, we laid the foundation and established ourselves as a strong band. We created a machine built to produce a real impact. I really believe that we have set ourselves up so that anything is possible.” For Telling on Trixie, as the refrain of their title track promises, “it’s gonna be all right.”

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jed ryan

TELL YOUR FRIENDS... about TELLING ON TRIXIE!
"UGLY, BROKE, & SOBER": A Review

"Shooting in 60", the opener of Telling On Trixie's second full length album, kicks off with the same probing undercurrent that made Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" and Guns 'n' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" sear our memory. There's the double jolt of powerhouse guitar joined almost immediately by frontman Derek Nicoletto's equally powerful vocals. Like those two aforementioned songs, "Shooting in 60" deserves to become a rock classic as well. The song, with lyrics like...

"Call action!
I’m waiting here in makeup
For my grand debut
I wanna feel
45 million exhalations aiming at my face
go head take your place
Let the curtain rise...
Cuz it’s showtime!
And we’re shooting in 60..."

... is ostensibly about performing live (or perhaps shooting a music video)-- and the track comes as close as possible to capturing that irreplaceable, adrenaline-infused high. As we soon learn, this music is pure rock and roll, boys and girls-- with influences from classic anthem rock to nu metal, as evidenced by the track "Your Silence". This track (think Nine Inch Nails) features a pounding beat juxtaposed against invasive-sounding guitar work-- it's two different moods that merge for one truly unique sound. "Crash Me Up" features a more laid-back style, with easy-going guitar accents and more relaxed vocals by Derek. On every song, Derek's voice always stands strong. His one-of-a-kind "vox" is full of rock star bravura, very well-suited for the anthemic sound of many of the songs we hear throughout this superb CD. As he covers the range of emotions from pure joy to pure pain and everything in between (including angst, lust, desire,etc.), he often reaches some very impressive heights. The third track is a hard-edged, rock version of Belinda Carlisle's "Mad About You". Telling on Trixie transforms the song from a bubble gum-flavored pop tune to a more intense rock song with a unique sense of sensuality running through. It's not a remake as much as a reworking, with a completely different mood. Even if you find yourself singing the familiar lyrics, the no-holes-barred guitar interval will make you realize that this ain't an imitation of th e 1986 hit.

"It’s a hell of a morning after, when it’s four days after the day before..." Derek sings on "A.N.F.O.", and that priceless line really lets us know where we're going with this track. "A.N.F.O." showcases Derek-as-bad boy, a role which surfaces every so often-- and incidentally, it's a role he does quite well! "A.N.F.O." features deliciously self-indulgent, in-your-face lyrics ("Hand me a hammer babe, Give me some good ammo; Hand me the hammer baby, A.N.F.O.") with a beat to match. Love that killer guitar interlude! (By the way, for those of you who failed chemistry in high school, A.N.F.O. is a widely used explosive mixture.) One of the album's standout's is "Eden". Throughout the history of music, the concept of the perfect paradise-- whether we call it Eden, Xanadu, Utopia, or Nirvana-- has always been a fertile source of inspiration for songwriters, and this one is truly elevating. "Eden" really recreates the unapologetic joy of forbidden fruit...

"Go on, take a bite
Recreate Eden, go on, take a bite;
I will be your Adam, Be my sin.
Recreate Eden, go on, take a bite;
Go on, take a bite."

... rather than reminding us why the fruit is forbidden. Hell, there's not one note of guilt in the whole song! The sound of "Eden" is appropriately ethereal and romantic, whether your own private Eden is a garden or inside a hotel room with a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door. Like that apple, this song is irresistible. Speaking of feverish romanticism, "The Deepest Dive" is a bona fide love song which pushes Derek's vocals clearly into the forefront. Never before on disc has that voice sounded so tender, with some very impressive high notes thrown in. The sound is invigorating. Another high point on the CD comes with the title track. The hook of "Ugly, Broke, and Sober", is when Derek croons, "I'm gonna be alright", a similar message to that of the overused 2005 hit "Bad Day"... but with its frenetic beat and hard-hitting lyrics, this track is a way cooler, more street-smart anthem of optimism. The closing track, "Steps to the Throne", is a fittingly grand ending that matches what you'd expect from its title. If this finale doesn't make you stand up holding a lighter high above your head, I feel sorry for you. (And if you're clueless as to what I mean by that, you gotta start going to a few more rock concerts...)

The predominant vibe running throughout "Ugly, Broke, & Sober" was established with the first song, "Shooting in 60". The same passion about performing and making music that the band conveys in the first five minutes is infused in every one of the 10 tracks on the album. For those of us who aren't rock stars, there's always the thrill of seeing a really great rock band live. Until you get to see Telling on Trixie live, you can get lots of thrills on "Ugly, Broke, & Sober"!


Tell your friends,
tell your frenemies,
tell your tricks...
about Telling on Trixie!

Jed Ryan
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Chuck Black

Ugly, Broke & Sober
Not quite as Great as the first Albumn very good though I like it !!!
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Luke Luckett

Brilliant Pop
Loving this album, especially the cover of Mad About You. It gets you thinking: it's emotionally deep, but equally fun. The title is also perfectly titled in our nation's current state, esp with what many of us see now when looking in our own mirrors.
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Zack Daggy

I'm Telling
So I've listened to the album many times now, and I've got to say that this is Telling On Trixie's best album to date. Don't get me wrong, their debut self-titled album is epic, and still sits along side my all-time faves, but Ugly Broke & Sober is the next evolution of Telling On Trixie. In my opinion, ToT found their identity with their freshman album, and with their sophomore album Trixie found its stride. Simply put, it sounds to me like a great band just keeps getting better. So turn it up, and enjoy!
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Brian Conley

steering wheel tapping, head bopping, play loudly while driving music
Hard-hitting from the very beginning with a great sign of things to follow, Telling on Trixie's latest release will blow fans of their self-titled debut out of the water and into outer space. The band seems to have truly found themselves on their latest release and I cannot begin to tell you how much this CD rocks! The overall cohesiveness of the band (they definitely sound like musicians that work as a group because the overall sound on this CD just all comes together seamlessly) makes me want to rock out because of the heavy hitting bass line, the guitars just make we want to do the "head bop" (that thing in the car when driving that makes other drivers look at you as though you aren't all together upstairs), the harder drum prowess, and the raw power that is Derek's voice. "Ugly Broke, & Sober" is a progressive departure from their debut release and shows how the band has grown as a whole and into themselves. I was fortunate enough (thank you Derek!) to purchase an advance copy of the CD (and paying for faster delivery was worth every single penny) and I must say the drive to work was never more pleasurable.

Right from the very first song, "Shooting in 60," I knew I was in for something good (this is where I would say DUH to someone -- this IS Telling on Trixie we are talking about). I also knew I was in trouble -- I was going to need to play this entire CD loudly because it rocks so damn much. The beginning guitar riff alone on "Shooting in 60" is extremely catchy and add to that Derek's voice commanding you to pay attention and me slapping the steering wheel to the beat of the drums and doing the head bop (what other drivers must think when I am behind the wheel). And my favorite line from this song is "45 million exhalations aiming at my face" -- what great imagery.

"Crash Me Up" is an intoxicating mix of unique wording ("Swoop down and snatch me tonight. Magic. Juju. Firefly.") and one lyric I need to live by: "Over thinking is overrated." This song is one for the masses as it still rocks; but shows a little more gentle side of the band from the beginning of the song.

I was still driving on my way to work when I noticed I was being able to sing along word-for-word to the third song, "Mad About You." It took me until the end of the song to figure out why I was able to do that (yes, I was a little slow on this one, folks): it was originally a Belinda Carlisle song. Talk about taking a classic song that everyone knows who was around during that time and making it your own! It's awesome as now it was given a hard edge -- and it shows the power in Derek's voice.

"A.N.F.O" (I am still wondering that means exactly) is filled with some great lyrics, but my personal favorite is "I didn't mean to slap that queen, I didn't mean to kiss my ex, I didn't mean to punch that frat boy, or the driver of the taxi." Again, it showcases a harder, more rockin' side of Derek's voice and the band. I am so diggin' the harder-edged sounds, if you cannot tell by now. Remember people: I am that guy sitting in traffic belting out tunes, head bopping, and slapping the steering wheel.

I had the privilege of hearing "Eden (Take A Bite)" at an acoustic show so I can tell you it really is a beautiful love song. "I'll be your Adam baby, be my sin" is such a beautiful lyric that if someone special said that to me and we had an already established connection, well, that whole apple would be gone. This song and the next one on the CD show the more romantic side of Derek's voice and the band (both songs would be great for playing for that special person in your life). "The Deepest Dive" definitely shows a more, shall I say, tender side of Derek's voice and a more mellowed approach to the music from the other band members. Call me a sucker for romance, but this is the kind of song you want someone to play for you. "If you stay, I stay, we will survive...together, the deepest dive."

"Ugly, Broke, and Sober" is far from what its title may suggest. All I can say is I am glad that youth today have a song with such a positive statement ("It's gonna be all right"). Where were bands like this and with such a lyric when I was growing up?

Another harder-edge sounding song (head bop bang the steering wheel in other words) is "Your Silence." With a lyric like "I am delivered now that you are gone," this song must be about a break-up. Isn't it great when someone else can write one to express the break-up you had with a previous relationship?

"Late So Tired" I am guessing, is a song about caring for someone very important in your life? "You're counting on me to keep you alive, I'm counting on me to keep me alive. Counting on me." The music is also the most mellow (my opinion) on this song than any other on the CD and Derek's voice has an overall gentle/quiet feel to it.

"Steps To The Throne" is a complex mix of words that left me wondering what exactly was trying to be said. But what makes this song so beautiful is something I am going to have a problem putting into words. The music is “soft” for the most part, yet it still maintains that rock sound you have come to expect. Add this to a softer sounding side of Derek’s voice only for him to take it to the other side and show the power in his voice. While what I have just mentioned may sound contradictory, it all balances itself out to end the CD leaving you wanting more.

If you are a fan of Telling on Trixie, you will absolutely love this new release. If you are not already a fan, what are you waiting for? I just can't wait to see them perform again! A CD is one thing, but live is another. So I give this five stars and two thumbs up. I applaud the direction they took on this new release and I only expect bigger and better things from them in the future.

You guys rock!
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