Tinted Windows: How To Make A Supergroup

 

 

Fountains of Wayne + Smashing Pumpkins
+ Cheap Trick + Hanson = Tinted Windows

 

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

 

The
debut, self-titled album by Tinted Windows will be released April 21st on
S-Curve Records. Tinted Windows are: Taylor Hanson (lead vocals), James Iha
(guitar), Adam Schlesinger (bass), and Bun E. Carlos (drums).

Taylor Hanson is best known as a member of Hanson, the multi-million-selling
trio of brothers from Tulsa
who have been recording and touring since 1992. James Iha was one of the
original members of the Smashing Pumpkins, and has also been a member of A Perfect Circle
and a solo artist. Adam Schlesinger is in the bands Fountains Of Wayne and Ivy.
Bun E. Carlos is the drummer of the legendary Cheap Trick, with whom he has
played since the group’s inception in 1974.

The band will be making several appearances at the upcoming South By Southwest
Festival in March. They will also perform select club shows starting this
spring, and will appear at the Bamboozle festival at New Jersey’s Meadowlands. A performance on
The Late Show With David Letterman is scheduled for April 20th. More dates will
be announced shortly.

Taylor and Adam first crossed paths in the mid-Nineties and stayed friends ever
since. “Taylor and I had always talked about trying to do something
together,” says Schlesinger, “maybe write some songs, or play some
shows – something.” Meanwhile, James’ and Adam’s respective bands had
toured together, and the two have been collaborating on various projects for
years, including guesting on each others’ records, producing other groups
together, running indie label Scratchie Records and co-owning a recording
studio in Manhattan.

James, Adam and Taylor started kicking around the idea of writing and recording
some songs that would set Taylor’s
unmistakable voice against some loud guitars. They also talked about fusing the
sounds of power-pop, rock and New Wave of the late 70’s and early 80’s, which
they all loved, with the more modern rock and pop sounds of their own groups.
“We talked about everything from from The Buzzcocks to The Knack,”
says Iha. “And, of course, Cheap Trick.”

When discussing possible drummers to round out the group, they thought,
according to Taylor,
“Who do we know that can play drums like Bun E. Carlos?” They ran
through a list of names, before realizing the obvious. Both the Pumpkins and
Fountains Of Wayne had shared stages with Cheap Trick over the years. Figuring
it was a long shot, but worth a try, they got in touch with Bun E. and asked if
they could send him a few song demos. Much to their delight and surprise, he
was into it, and agreed to come to New
York to work with them. Explains Bun E., “The
songs are great and I’m honored to be a part of Tinted Windows.”

The result is a stripped-down, high-energy record that combines the strengths
and identifiable styles of all four members, and yet doesn’t really sound like
anything else any of the four has done elsewhere. And with three of the four
band members contributing songs, there is a real band vibe in the diversity of
the material. They have shot videos for two songs on the album already, with
plans to do more in the coming weeks.

S-Curve Founder/CEO Steve Greenberg noted: “When we first heard about
Tinted Windows, we were intrigued by the lineup, since we’ve done projects with
most members of the band in the past. But when we heard the music, we were
absolutely blown away. This album is going to make a lot of music lovers very
happy and we’re honored to help bring it to the world.”

 

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