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The Disclaimer Demonstration

by Tom Vella & Lucas Richardson

The debut EP from these New Jersey based singer/songwriters. With just two guitars and a voice, Tom Vella and Lucas Richardson bring acoustic rock to a fresh new level. These two are going to be your next, "...I knew them when..."
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. She Swears She Will
4:30 album only
2. Disclaimer
4:10 album only
3. No Idea
5:24 album only
4. Jury of My Self
4:46 album only
5. Two Foot Intro
1:34 album only
6. Two Foot Fall
3:53 album only


Album Notes
Tom Vella and Lucas Richardson

The Story from the Beginning to October 2003

Tom Vella of Westfield, NJ taught himself how to play the acoustic guitar when he was 22, the year was 1999. At first, he would simply thumb around songs of artists he liked and occasionally write originals as they came to him. Soon, pulling out his guitar and playing for friends at parties became commonplace. However, he believed that this would only be something he did for fun.

In August of 2002, the owner of the Windsor Diner of Clark, NJ, (a cousin of a friend), requested that Tom, "bring his guitar, his voice, and a few friends," to help stir up some new business. Tom hesitantly agreed. The show was a success and a positive buzz quickly formed.

Soon thereafter, The Blue Collar Inn of Garwood, NJ requested that Tom play for their patrons. On the night of August 22nd 2003, Vella orchestrated an
evening of music by inviting a local band, Staggering South, to join him in performing. It was here that Tom Vella and Lucas Richardson met on stage for the first time. It was also the first time the bar's history that The Blue Collar Inn was filled to capacity . This meeting was only a glimpse of what was to come.

Eager to see what the buzz was about, the booking agent for The Crossroads at Garwood, NJ, one of the premier music venues in the central New Jersey area, soon approached Tom. They requested an hour set, as a trial to see whether their interests could be met. After a strong performance and stellar turnout, he was quickly booked with a regular monthly slot at The Crossroads.

In order to increase the dynamic of his performance, Tom invited longtime friend and electric guitarist, Lucas Richardson, to accompany him onstage. Lucas, also a self-taught, eight year veteran of the guitar comes from a completely different musical background than Tom. He is
a blues based player who lends a soul full touch to Tom's acoustic rock sound...thus creating the unique sound that is Tom Vella and Lucas Richardson.

On September 26th 2003, Vella and Richardson played their first show together, in front of a packed house at The Crossroads and received an enormously positive response. Since that time, Vella and Richardson are now billed as, " of central New Jersey's premier acoustic rock acts." The State Theater of New Jersey billed Tom and Luke by saying, "...supporting Tim Reynolds will be newcomers Tom Vella and Lucas Richardson, Westfield, NJ natives who have burst on to the scene with their own fresh acoustic sound."

Since January of 2003, Tom Vella and Lucas Richardson have performed with and /or been on the same bill as:

* Tim Reynolds
* Bob Marley's Legendary Wailers
* Rusted Root singer/songwriter Michale Glabicki
* Richie Havens
* The Verve Pipe singer/songwriter Brian Vander Ark

...with performances at:

* The Crossroads, Garwood, NJ
* The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
* Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ
* The Crossroads Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
* Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park, NJ
* The Green Rock, Hoboken, NJ
* The Blue Collar Inn, Garwood, NJ
* City Streets Café, Morris Plains, NJ
* The "S.A.T.B. Benefit Concert" supporting "The Valerie Fund for Cancer Research," Union County, NJ
* The "Run For Runaways" charity event supporting "The Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children", Bridgewater, NJ

*An interesting side note...Tom and Lucas accomplished all of the above mentioned without a demo or a press kit or a promo pack or a website, and so on and so forth...word of mouth is a powerful tool.

With just two guitars and one voice, Tom Vella and Lucas Richardson enthrall audiences without compromise. Vella's aggressive percussive acoustic guitar styling and strong soulful voice are flawlessly meshed with Richardson's innovative and intricate accompaniments. On stage, Vella is nothing but raw energy. While bouncing around, dancing joyfully and banging his acoustic guitar, he sings with the passion and intensity of a roaring fire. Richardson on the other hand stands solidly still, dancing only with his fingers, swiftly up and down the fret board. Together they passionately perform a series of unique songs that Tom Vella had originally written for no one else but him self.

Vella was quoted saying, "I never in a million years thought I would be playing my songs in front of people. The whole idea [of Vella's songs] is pretty simple songs are real, they are raw, they are about me and things I have experienced in life. I don't write songs to impress people, I write songs to relate to people...they are stories about life. My songs are written as if you ripped pages out of my diary...I just try to sing those pages in a melody that everybody might understand and maybe nod their heads to...and then Lucas steps in and takes my simple songs to the next level..." Richardson's attitude is very similar. "It's not about image or anything
like that. That's what makes Tom's songs so down to earth. And as for writing music together, it's always a pleasure. His level of enthusiasm about music is refreshing. Every time I see him he has something new that he has come up with, and that keeps me on my toes."

With a fan base that grows stronger with each performance, the necessity for a recording was inevitable. In May of 2003, Tom and Luke took off to the studio to record their first EP/demo entitled The Disclaimer Demonstration. Although the EP is not to be released till the end of October of 2003, hundreds upon hundreds of bootleg versions have been burned and passed around at their live shows, parking lots at other concerts, college campuses and who knows where else. After the EP was released on October 10th 2003, the duo sold 300 units within the first three weeks Tom and Luke's theory is simple, they have said, "Honestly, we don't care how the music gets out there. We would use carrier pigeons is we had access to them, but we don't, so we are just going to have to keep on doing what we're doing...the whole grassroots thing is just fine with us."

Now armed with a solid demo, a press kit, a website and a passion for self promotion, the word about Tom Vella and Lucas Richardson is spreading incessantly. With no plans of slowing down, Tom and Lucas keep their eyes focused on the future. More shows, continual song writing, self promotion, fan relations and insane amounts of rehearsal time are just a few of their short term goals. And when the time comes, the two will add an entire ensemble to take their music to the next level, but one step at a time.

When asked about the past year, Vella commented, "The past year has been one huge learning experience for us...and the biggest lesson learned is a simple steps, man, baby have to take everything one step at a song at a time, one show at a time, one fan at a get the drift. I firmly believe that if you take your time and do it right, everything will fall into place when it has to." ...To be continued.



to write a review

Jud Wible

Excellent, true stand out performance that leaves you wanting more
I've heard several of the songs from a demo CD that was released after the concert. This CD brings it all together and provides the listener with a true capture of their performance. I've only been to one concert, but plan on going to many, MANY more. Sometimes you find an artist tha captures emotion and power within a performance or within a very song, TV and LR do that with each song they write. If you're looking for the next generation of singers/songwriters, this is where it starts.

Rick Krueger

Yeah Baby!
Tom and Luke, the beginnings of the Buster Cox Band...This CD Rules!


An inspiration to the minds and souls that were lost
This guys are totally bodacious. I did not know that Tom Vella was capable of having emotion til I heard this album. It is a great album for all of us who have been in frats and played lacrosse and had love lost. Very inspiring and uplifting to the souls of Westfield and Garwood. keep rocking dude!!

Chris Greene

Fresh sound, strong lyrics
Its got great sound. Jury of myself is definitely my favorite, although disclaimer is a good song. I would describe your CD as acoustic rock with a small amount of pop and blues influence.

Chris Greene

Fresh sound, strong lyrics
Its got great sound. Jury of myself is definitely my favorite, although disclaimer is a good song. I would describe your CD as acoustic rock with a small amount of pop and blues influence.

Jennifer Nash

Two of the best singer/songwriters I have heard in a long, long time.
I aquired this CD from a friend not knowing what to expect. After about my 50th listen I decided that these two are two of the best singer/songwriters I have heard in a long, long time. Got to see them perform recently too, their live show blew me away. She Swears She will and Two foot Fall are my favorites on this disc, but they have songs that are not on this CD that left me speechless...can't wait for more. With out a doubt, check out this'll get hooked like me and all of my friends.

Mary VonAmann

I love it!
This CD is fantastic! I can't wait until they record more. Truly original music, a great voice and phenomenal guitar playine.


Haunting Sounds- voice and guitars
I saw Tom Vella for the first time this past Friday- bought his (and Lucas') cd and haven't taken it out of my cd player since. Tom's voice combined with Lucas' electric guitar rifts sends chills up my spine. It may only be a 6 song cd, but it is in the top 3 that I own (keeping company with Jason Mraz and Dave Matthews). Incredible compilation; unbelievably well written and executed.