For New York City-based rock band TELLING ON TRIXIE, putting out their second album UGLY, BROKE & SOBER (release date: March 24, 2009), didn't involve a record label or a rich relative. Instead, they turned to their biggest resource - their fans.
"Necessity breeds creativity," says lead vocalist Derek Nicoletto, who along with his band, raised over $20,000 - more than they had hoped - through their fan-supported website, A Band With A Plan, which not only provided the band with the funds, but also gave the site members a voice in the total creation of the album.
"It was much more than just a 'give us your money' sort of thing," explains Derek. "Some people donated and were just pleased to help out. But others weighed in on every single decision on making the album. Among the people who were part of this were an adhesives company executive in California to a high school student in Connecticut. Over eighty people from five different continents participated!"
Sharply studded with melodic and soulful pop/rock, Ugly, Broke & Sober is an album threaded with a powerful rhythm section, textured guitars, and Derek's unmistakable warm, velvety vocals which had BlogCritics praising, "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." Their first album earned the band early plaudits from LOGO which voted Telling On Trixie the #1 Band of 2007 and had Cincinnati CityBeat lauding their "anthemic and soulful power pop."
Their new album ups the ante and stretches the band both musically and creatively, from the epic grandeur of the opening track "Shooting in 60," to the almost sinister re-telling of Belinda Carlisle's pop hit "Mad About You," to propulsive chug of the title track. The first single and video “Crash Me Up” was an experiment that asked “A Band With A Plan” members to submit words for Derek to turn into lyrics. The result is a lilting and irresistible pop single that could never have existed without the help of their "executive team."
"Ugly, Broke & Sober is not your typical album name," say Derek cheekily. "It's counterintuitive. The title was being debated in one of our forums, when one of our fans, Valerie, said, 'Go with Ugly, Broke & Sober, because when you guys began this process, it was ugly how broke you were, and that's a sober fact.' And just like that, the discussions closed."
Telling on Trixie's second album Ugly, Broke & Sober was produced by guitarist Tommy Kessler, except for three tracks ("Shooting in 60," "Crash Me Up," "The Deepest Dive") by platinum-selling producer Jamie Siegel (Lauren Hill, Taking Back Sunday, Joss Stone). It will be released independently on March 24, 2009.