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MP3 Get Back Loretta - S/T

Get Back Loretta’s unpretentious nature is evident in a cutting edge sound that is both upbeat and refreshingly soulful. Using funk, jazz, and blues influences, this rock band has created it''s own unique genre.

6 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Funk Rock, ROCK: Jam-band

Often described as an amalgam of The Beatles, Ben Folds Five, and the Cure, Get Back Loretta’s unpretentious nature is evident in a cutting edge sound that is both upbeat and refreshingly soulful. After less than two years as a group, Get Back Loretta''s engaging stage presence, prolific songwriting abilities, unique personalities, and powerful vocals have already begun to attract the attention of industry insiders. They have received rave reviews from absolute punk, made an appearance on FOX ROX (Fox’s underground music show), discussed their future goals on the local FM 94/9 Sunday interview with Tim Pyles, rocked a sold-out Troubadour with indie giant Circa Survive, and won the coveted “best new artist” prize at the San Diego Music Awards in 2005. In a recent review of the Get Back Loretta EP in the magazine San Diego CityBeat, Troy Johnson wrote, “I thought I had discovered the best unknown band in San Diego…Best out-of-nowhere goodness I’ve heard…” While we tend to agree with his assessment, the current success the band enjoys has its concrete genesis in the prior experiences of its members.

Formed in September 2003, Get Back Loretta is comprised of Steven Bradford (lead vocals/acoustic guitar/bass,) Kevin Martin (piano, vocals,) Isaac Cass (drums,) Ben Johnston (rhythm guitar,) and Josh Cass(lead guitar). Steven Bradford, cousin of Rancid’s Lars Frederickson, always knew that he wanted to be a musician and a star in his own right. After a successful stint with Waiting for Autumn - a band that received an all-important nod from the Alternative Press just weeks before it broke up due to creative differences - Steven decided it was time to get out of the screamo scene. What he really wanted was to revitalize the music of the great bands of the 60s and 70s. For the task, Bradford commissioned long time friend Ben Johnston to play the role of tasteful guitar-smith. In search of a tight drummer, Steven enlisted Isaac Cass, whom he had met during a tour with Underoath. Isaac’s youthful charm and expert drum chops would be instrumental to the band’s aura. Still needing more core members, Steven called upon his talented friend Kevin Martin from Jack the Original. They quickly connected as a songwriting duo and the four began to collaborate. When Dalton Harmon (lead guitar) left the band in early 2006, Josh Cass filled in to pick up the slack. The band quickly realized that Josh is a genius and a great asset to the band.

Get Back Loretta has earned respect and admiration from fans for playing great music with a panache that proves they truly believe in what they were doing. The band released a self-titled EP early in 2005 to rave reviews, but It is the down-to-earth sincerity of this homegrown success that keeps it charging ahead.

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