MP3 Allan Bilka's Retro Nouveau - In the Age of Electric Guitars
Rock/alternative rock/jam band/progressive rock/jazz and blues merged in unpredictable and unique forms immediately identifiable as RETRO NOUVEAU.
11 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, ROCK: Jam-band
Allan Bilka: Guitars, vocals, bass.
Allen Strug: Drums on Contrarian, Jimi Rising, What is Love, Shades of Violet, Change the Fate and Mysterious Girl.
Dennis Sowa: Drums on Age of Guitars, Shadow People, Calm Madness, You Might Have Thought and The Stars Must Be Aligned.
Ray Bilka: Bass on Age of Guitars.
The Beatles, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Smashing Pupkins, Nirvana, Phish, Radio Head, The Dandy Warhols, Nine Inch Nails, Jeff Beck, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, Cream, Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Harvey Mandel, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Steely Dan, King Crimson, Yes, Sufjan Stevens, Margo and the Nuclear So and So''s, Moby............
David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Phish, Weezer, Chick Corea, and Frank Zappa. It is Retro, Alternative and Modern Rock, with Jazz and Blues overtones, resulting in a fresh Nouveau musical experience. Retro Nouveau''s music ranges from introspective and moody to in your face and intellectually stimulating, both lyrically and musically. It is filled with haunting but accessible vocal melodies and hooks interlaced with colorful and lyrical guitars. Crank it up and enjoy!
Retro Nouveau has its musical and personal roots deep in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. All the musicians associated with the band have an almost, no, make that a real, spiritual association with Rock, Blues and Jazz. It is in their blood and in their spirit. It is who they are. Allan Bilka (guitar, vocals and bass) has played with drummers Allan Strug and Dennis Sowa in various rock and jazz/rock fusion based ensembles over the years and bassist Ray Bilka’s blues/rock spirit is a fresh addition to the mix. Retro Nouveau is an effort to release the combined energy of those musical genres. Their music is far from Smooth Jazz or Soft Rock. But neither is it strictly Alternative or Modern Rock. As the lyrics of Contrarian (Track 2) pronounce, they “like their jazz heavy, not light”. But this certainly isn’t Metal, nor is it straight ahead Jazz by any means. Many have tried, some successfully, to combine rock, jazz and blues. None, however, have attempted to blended Retro and sometimes almost Pop Rock vocals with Alternative Rock and edgy Jazz/Rock Fusion, until now. This is not formula rock. It refuses to be pigeon-holed. It is truly American rock music with an improvisational and non-trendy melodic base – music that offers a little bit of something for many musical tastes. Retro Nouveau sincerely hopes you enjoy the challenge of all the varied mind foods that their menu of musical vibrations has to offer. But they advise some caution, as it might be more than some narrow or closed musical minds may be able to digest.