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California Son

by Tripsitter

Tripsitter is what you'd get if Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury and Ben Folds joined forces in some strange alternate musical universe. Harmony drenched, retro influenced, melodic power pop.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
1:19 $0.99
2. Let Me Know You
4:42 $0.99
3. Banana Split
3:13 $0.99
4. Transformation
4:53 $0.99
5. California Son
4:55 $0.99
6. Wavestrumental
2:31 $0.99
7. Last September
3:33 $0.99
8. There Goes the Sun
3:58 $0.99
9. Positively Thomas
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10. Divine
5:10 $0.99
11. On and On
4:49 $0.99
12. Outro
1:15 $0.99
13. Just a Little
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Album Notes
Trispitter was formed in 2002 by brothers Jon and Jeff Celentano. They began writing their own music as a way to break out of the lounge lizard and cover band world of their newly adopted home of Las Vegas. Both had spent time on the cocktail/private party circuit and realized there was more to be had from a career in music than just playing for tourists and gambling addicts at 2am on a Wednesday. Thus Tripsitter was born.

The band released their self-titled debut EP in 2003 and quickly garnered critical praise. Comparisons to the Beach Boys, Beatles, Queen and Ben Folds Five were common among fans and critics. The disc’s signature sound was full-on Beach Boys style harmony wedded to sparkly Brit-Pop guitars and driving piano. The Las Vegas Weekly said of “Tripsitter”, 'If Tripsitter isn't to become a Big Thing, it's only because popular music today is too damn small.' Positive reviews in the Las Vegas City Life, College Web Magazine and other publications followed. Propelled by Jeff and Jon’s powerfully emotive singing and creative vision the group was ready to take to the stage, bringing their five-part harmonies and quirky, well crafted songs to live audiences.

Tripsitter’s debut performance was at the legendary Knitting Factory in Hollywood, Ca. for the International Pop Overthrow Festival. Says I.P.O. founder David Bash: “Tripsitter’s songs and harmonies are among the best you’ll hear.” The group became a fan favorite at the two-week pop music fest and continue to be a part of I.P.O. every summer.

Tripsitter continued to perform around California and Las Vegas, racking up appearances at the Whisky A Go-Go, the House of Blues, the Palms Resort, the Kat Klub and the Coach House where they opened for (and floored) the Little River Band. But it was their set opening for rock legends America that gave Tripsitter an entre’ into rarified company.

At that particular show the band met Billy Hinsche, a former touring and recording member of the Beach Boys. Hinshce had been with the Beach Boys for 20 plus years and immediately grasped the concept and roots of Tripsitter’s sound. He was so taken by the band’s performance and CD that he invited them to perform for the Beach Boys themselves when the state of California declared the Beach Boys childhood home a state landmark. Jon remembers: “I couldn’t breathe when I looked down and saw Brian Wilson in the first row. It was total shock because I was singing the part he originally sang!”

Hinsche was so impressed by Tripsitter that he eventually recruited the band to back up founding Beach Boy Al Jardine. It was an especially huge thrill and honor for Jeff, a life long fan. “It was so great. I was completely blown away by that first show.” In fact, Tripsitter still performs with Al Jardine for special appearances in Las Vegas and across the country.

Tripsitter’s second release, California Son came out in 2005. The new disc presented a more diverse sounding group of songs, from the ethereal “Divine” to the boy-meets-girl, boy-can’t-seal-the-deal lament of “Banana Split” to the title track, an homage to pop genius Brian Wilson. The core of it all, though, remains the stellar vocals and playing of the Celentano brothers and top flight musicianship of Matt Bennett (drums/vocals), Rusty Petersen (guitar/vocals) and Jared Dalley (guitars). California Son continues the string of glowing reviews, this time on a larger scale; California Son made the year-end top ten lists of several publications, including The Big Takeover, Goldmine and the Decatur (Ill.) Herald-Review.

Lately Tripsitter has been dividing their time between live performances and studio sessions. The band recently finished versions of George Harrison’s classic “Wah-Wah” and U2’s “Staring at the Sun”. Both tracks are slated to appear on tribute albums to Harrison and U2, respectively.

Tripsitter is currently at work writing songs for their next CD. The band is focused, as always, on creating impeccably crafted songs that feature their trademark vocal sound and will also include several sonic surprises. “It’s about finding new ways to tell stories and express ourselves”, says Jon. “Whether we do it vocally or with the instruments, it’s always about coming up with new ways to do things.”

Jeff adds, “We’re really into bridging the gap between our heroes like the Beach Boys, Beatles and Pink Floyd and our new favorites like Neil Finn, Ben Folds and others. The next CD is going to be something really special. We’re very excited about a lot of the new material and we can’t wait to unleash it on an unsuspecting public.”

Sonically speaking, Tripsitter is what you'd get if Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury and Ben Folds joined forces in some strange alternate musical universe. Clearly, they look to the past for inspiration all the while keeping a close eye on the present in order to help shape their future.



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Evan Middlesworth

Album provides the listener with classic creativity with modern day technology
The first time I heard the album I instantly heard a Jon Brion/Ben Folds/Beach Boy influence but with enough original edge to keep me listening. The harmonies fit nicely with each song, not too overbearing and mixed with modesty. I got the impression these guys have endless talent but aren't flaunting it with flashy recording tricks and pretentious arrangements. A must for any road trip or relaxing around the house! Thanks guys!

Max Ellertson

Frikin awesome
This cd is so sweet. I'm not even in to this kind of music that much, but when i heard this band, it just blew me away. Great cd, and a great band.

AARON ARCHER- Las Vegas City Life

"...a slice of pure pop majesty"
By its very definition, "pop music" means "that which is currently popular among the listening demographic," particularly teenagers with Mom and Dad's disposable income at the ready. When talking to a true fan of music both past and present, however, the term means something altogether different. It calls to mind the sterling, mini-symphonies of such luminaries as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, R.E.M. and a deluge of other bands who set the template for this genre back in the '60s.

California Son, by local quintet Tripsitter, is unabashedly pop in every sense of the word, and makes no apologies for being utterly anachronistic in the modern age of plastic-fantastic sampled pap. It's also simply stunning to find a release by a local act that doesn't come across as gauche and could easily stand up to the quality and scrutiny of a band from any top regional scene.

The Las Vegas group's love for the majesty of Brian Wilson and Lennon and McCartney is evident from the first press of the play button. The 13-track disc's "Intro" offers stellar, five-part vocal harmonies that set the stage for the band's core sound. "Let Me Know You" is a slice of pure pop majesty that sounds like a long lost outtake from Rubber Soul or Revolver. Driving piano lines reminiscent of the Fab Four's "Drive My Car" propel a sweetly ascending chorus melody. The bouncy title track adds a pinch of minor-key melancholy, recalling the piano pop of Elton John or Ben Folds. For an independent local release, the quality of the production is surprisingly lustrous, with the densely packed harmonies dominating the mix.

Criticism can only be leveled at the fact that the guitars could use a bit of a kick in the ass. The songwriting of vocalist/keyboardist Jeff Celentano and vocalist/bassist Jon Celentano displays all the hallmarks of their heroes without coming off as mere pastiche.

Pete Simpson

It's a great album
This is a must for any fans of melodic pop music with great harmonies. Brian Wilson is an obvious reference point for this band (a great bunch BTW) and you can't do better than that. Love it!

Martin Jensen

Great slice of modern sunshine pop
I would highly recommend this album to every fan of harmonies and great melodies with surprising twists thrown in. The vocals throughout are stellar - these guys really master the technique of harmony singing! As a big fan of the Beach Boys and classic California-flavoured pop I really appreciate the ease with which their harmonies envelop the beautiful nuggets on this album - a particular favourite of mine is 'California Son' and 'Transformation' but in reality almost every track is great. My only minor gripe is that the album could have benefitted from a better and more crisp production. The mixes sometimes sound a bit muddy and fuzzy and could preferably have had a bit more 'oomph' to them. Luckily, this doesn't really overshadow the sheer beauty of the songs. A great album.

Steve Rimmer

A great CD. Full of brilliant harmonys
A great CD. Full of wonderful harmonys that are a cross between the Beach Boys and the Association.Even though styled on 60's music the songs are as fresh and modern as anything I have heard recently. Highly recommended


this cd is awesome... reminds me of the beach boys with a cool new ecclectic feel to it... great cd.

Geoff Carter-Las Vegas Weekly

"pint sized symphonies"
Tripsitter's Jeff and Jon Celentano have pitched their tent between 10cc and Gerry Rafferty, with the High Llamas and Grant Lee Phillips, and for their sake I sure hope someone notices. These times aren't particularly friendly to Tripsitter's brand of 1960's and 70's styled pop, the successes of Ben Folds and John Mayer notwithstanding, and while I can imagine talking Steely Dan with these fellows until Jimmy Carter comes home, I can also imagine a crowd of emo brats talking over their entire set. The music tips the odds in their favor. "California Son" is one of the best-produced records I've ever heard come out of a Vegas band. The songs are layered with smooth harmonies and have backgrounds deeper than the Pacific; these are not so much pop songs as pint-sized symphonies, rich with color and emotion. The Celentano's obviously adore Brian Wilson-they cover "Love and Mercy" as an unlisted bonus track-and they do well by him, perhaps too well. None of this matters, however, when you're deep in "California Son". The record quite literally speaks for itself; it is exactly what it seems to be. If Tripsitter isn't to become a Big Thing, it's only because popular music today is too damn small. Geoff Carter- Las Vegas Weekly

Brian Gary

The best band in Vegas - Tripsitter
After I saw Tripsitter (see review below) I gave this CD a listen. I loved everything I heard on it. The arrangements were fantastic. Admittedly, this is not the same band that I saw on stage. This record is will compliment any part of your day, while their on stage performance will get you ready for a night on the town. Your adrenaline may never come down after the show. Simply just an amazing and very multi-faceted band.------- -------MY SHOW REVIEW I've been a huge Brian Wilson fan all my life, so when I heard there was a local band in Vegas inspired by him, I had to check it out. I came in with some reservations about it. Who knows what hype to believe these days. This time, the hype was TRUE! They were playing at the Palms Hotel on a night called "Wired" showcasing original bands. They opened the show with their guitarist pulling off one of the best Dick Dale intros I have ever heard, then busted into one of their original tunes. Their two singers (who I have found out are brothers) are equally fine with their vocals. The thing is, everyone in this band sings. Their harmonies ARE worthy of Brian Wilson. And with a front man who literally attacks the piano (a kick-ass piano at that) with a vengeance, while never losing anything in his vocals. The lead guitarist is like Stevie Ray Vaughn reincarnated. Their rhythm guitarist had a fabulous voice and was way more than just filler on stage. He rocked out to every song like he was the front man. And I have to say I loved their drummer. It was like taking Ringo Starr and mating him with Stewart Copeland with delightful results. The songs were great from the lyrics to the arrangements, and their overall on-stage presence was fantastic. I'd highly recommend this band to ANYONE!

Becky Daniel

While listening to this CD, one gets the feeling of cruising down the street with the top down after a hard day's work knowing full well that life is wonderful and it's great to live in California!
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