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Bag of Nickels - Amen



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Music to make the head nod...Bag of Nickels is not easily categorized,filed or labeled.. Their sound is drum and bass driven, with powerful guitars and smooth vocal melodies.

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Artist Biography

Bag of Nickels, coming off of a recent hiatus, is promoting the release of their 3rd album “Amen”.  The independent release was produced by Dennis Prado and co-produced and mixed with Philadelphia-based, grammy-award winning engineer, Mike Tarsia.
Born out of Wilmington, Delaware, the members of Bag of Nickels have played together since 1995, taking several breaks along the way to pursue side and solo projects and to decompress from the grind of playing shows, working 9-5s, and inner turmoil.
Their two previous albums were also self-released, “Soul Change” and “Mantequilla”.  During that time period, Bag of Nickels made their rounds throughout the tri-state area, playing clubs, getting local press, and the occasional radio spotlight.  A highlight was a feature on Fox Philadelphia with a live performance on their Morning Show for the Mantequilla CD release. 
Further success, saw them venture out of the tri-state area, playing shows as far south as North Carolina and occasional shows in New York.
Wiser and older, Bag of Nickels’ release, “Amen” is a culmination of many years of success; failure; personal strife; and ultimately victory… in blending together a unique sound which only 4 unassuming musicians from Delaware, passionate about their instruments, could create.  The music is familiar, but, new; smooth and soulful at times; tough and raw at others.  
Bag of Nickels wants to share this passion and connect with fans across the world.

Press Release
Amen, Album Review, Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine, September 2015
Born out of Wilmington, Delaware, the members of Bag of Nickels have played together since 1995, taking several breaks along the way to pursue side and solo projects and to decompress from the grind of playing shows, working 9-5s, and inner turmoil. Their two previous self-released albums were, “Soul Change” and “Mantequilla”.  The band sees their newly released 3rd album, “Amen” as “a culmination of many years of success; failure; personal strife; and ultimately victory.” The album was produced by Dennis Prado and co-produced and mixed with Philadelphia-based, Grammy-award winning engineer, Mike Tarsia.
Spun through a kaleidoscope of tightly wound riffs, hypnotic vocals, booming beats, “Amen” announces the next chapter for these alternative rock torchbearers. This album is one of the most unique I have ever listened to this year. With its powerful, rock-drenched atmosphere and trippy, psychedelic arrangements, “Amen” truly is a cool experience. For the attentive rock listener this album is as intoxicating as a fine wine on a hot summer’s night.
This album is brilliant. Yes, it’s that simple. And it’s that way right from the moment “Hold Your From” kicks in. The album shows a diverse range of rock styles and performance levels throughout. I’d also go as far to say that the feel of this album is quite surreal. There’s twists and turns and up and downs that will always surprise with each listen. It’s like a tripped out roller-coaster ride that you’ll rarely tire of. As creative as Jane’s Addiction and as hard-hitting as the Foo FightersBag of Nickels takes their influences from these bands, but they are in no way trying to recreate them in any way.

Bag of Nickels produces music that truly is an assault on the senses, from the searing guitar lines to the stop-start dynamics on numerous songs, coupled with the melodically-influenced time signatures and extremely raw vocals. It is not a release that panders to the stereotypically moronic rock fan; Bag of Nickels are unquestionably purveyors of intelligent, thoughtful sentiments shrouded in some of the highest quality songwriting I have ever heard the genre produce. These qualities are most evident on tracks like “Impurities”, “The Set Up”, “Amen” and “Refrain”.
Bag of Nickels combine a riffing style with absolutely monster grooves and a vast combination of musical influences filtered through a seemingly minimalist approach. All of this is done with no use of samples, rapping or tortured soul gimmicks. Bag of Nickels are strictly about the music.
This was the sound of mainstream rock before it tucked it’s manhood between its legs, eons ago, and became Breaking Benjamin! The lead vocals soar just about everywhere, the distinctive guitars bring on the fire and grind, while the monstrous bass-lines are superbly supported by timely, pounding drums. The more effort you put into listening to this album, the more you get out of it. “Amen” is an ambitious, original record, from a musical unit comprising Eric Belanger, Robert Albrand, Mike D’lppolito, Dennis Prado and Gaime Prado, whose impact should not, indeed cannot, be ignored!

Amen, Album Review, indiebandguru.com, September 2015
They say that the music predominantly popular during your formative years, until the age of about 14, is the music that sticks with you for the rest of your life. That's science. (According to that one episode of Criminal Minds, at any rate.)
By that logic, real or made up, I should love Bag of Nickels. This five-piece -- Eric Belanger on vocals, Dennis Prado on bass, Mike D'Ippolito on drums, and Rob Albrand and Gaime Prado on guitar -- were founded in Delaware in 1995 as a party band. An album soon followed. Then a second in 2000 (when I was 13). Then radio silence until now. Fifteen years after their last album, Bag of Nickels has come back together to release Amen.
On their newest effort, Bag of Nickels is a bit of a grab bag. The musicians themselves are talented, there’s no denying that. Belanger’s vocals are rich and consistent, and he’s got a decent range. D’Ippolito and Prado (of the Dennis variety) are great, playing off each other as a surprisingly robust and driving rhythm section. Albrand and Prado (Gaime) create some very pleasing arrangements and textures throughout the album.
The opener "Hold Your Form" kicks up the energy right off the bat with wailing guitars and vocals.   The emotions seem to blur right into the music on "Trapper Keeper" as it pushes forward bringing memories of 90's bands like the Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind.  Some funk influence is shown on "Speedball" as well as some fancy guitar skills.  The album is a throwback to an earlier time of the days alternative rock first broke.  Amen delivers the same old sounds of the 90s, a touch heavier but without any of the nostalgia.  If you long for these days definitely take a listen to Bag Of Nickels and buy their CD at: http://www.bagofnickelsband.com/

New Digital Release
Title: Amen
Band Name: Bag of Nickels
Genre: Rock Alternative
Release Date: May 22, 2015
MSRP: $10.99
UPC: 8-89211-59624-9
Web: Bagofnickelsband.com
Label: Independent
Contact: Dennis Prado/Michael D’Ippolito, bagofnickelsband@gmail.com, 215-554-4004
  1. Hold Your Form
  2. Impurities (feat. Gaime Prado
  3. Trapper Keeper (fear Danny Carmona)
  4. The Set Up (feat Gaime Prado & Danny Carmona
  5. Liquidation Sale
  6. Speedball
  7. Amen
  8. Refrain (feat. Danny Carmona & Gaime Prado)
  9. Sex (feat. Gaime Prado)
Amen presents a dynamic mix of rock/alternative music featuring bass and drum driven grooves, layered with melodic vocals, and cutting guitar riffs.  The album takes the listener on a journey from the energetic (Impurities), funk-grooving (The Set Up), ethereal (Amen), and epic (Sex).  
Eric Belanger - Vocals
Dennis Prado - Bass
Rob Albrand - Guitar
Michael D'Ippolito - Drums

 Other Press/Reviews
 .: Review| Bag of Nickels 'Electric Velvet' – Suzie Kidger http://www.new-reviews.co.uk/home.htm

Bag of Nickels are quite interesting, with a mix of Alice in Chains and upbeat happiness; they have created the track 'Electric Velvet'. It very much feels like a track I could imagine on the decent radio station on the game Grand Theft Auto. I'm not saying its not worth more than that, but it would definitely fit!

The soothing guitar, snappy vocals and catchy lyrics make this track easy to remember and easy to sing along to. I find myself joining in, whether tapping my fingers like imaginary drums or yelling 'Exhale!'

delaware sounds – big shout

A capacity crowd of family,fans and friends filled M.R . Docs to celebrate the release of bag of nickels new album Mantequilla ( Spanish for the word butter.) As might be expected bag of nickels played many song s off their new cd. Live versions of "hand me downs" and "devils dandruff" have a rough edgy sound when compared to the album versions. I n general the cd has a smooth, and at times dreamy ,psychedelic feel which is especially noticeable in electric velvet.
But this is not the live sound. instead bag of nickels plays full throttle rock n' roll, raucous and rowdy. They flooded the room with sound, and unlike most bands managed to play loud without being deafing.Their sound is drum and bass driven with the 60's groove which is apparent on a "different kind of truth."Lead singer Eric Belanger, shows his versatility by rapping on the song, wailing on some and singing straight vocals on others.
Rob albrand on guitar easily manages the bands riffs and bassist Dennis Prado provides the throbbing beat.But ,the stand out in the band is drummer Mike D'lppolito . His Drumming is powerful,inventive and original;which not only drives the the live sound but makes it interesting. In addition to the new material their 70 minute set included older songs like "the postman"," going out of business sale" and "sex" ,and "impurities".By the end of the night, not even a busted guitar string could not undermine this well executed performance.In listening to both their live show and the cd, its apparent that the band was influenced by music from the late 60's mixed with contemporary sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Even though the influences can be heard. Bag of Nickels still manages to craft a sound of their own.
S. Dixon

You never know what to expect nowadays… In the past one could judge from looking at a cover or a picture of the band to predict a little what to expect when putting on the record. The present day makes it harder to do that, but on the other hand that keeps everyone motivated to really listen to what a band has to offer and in the case of the Delaware/USA based band BAG OF NICKELS a real challenge as they sound completely different from what I expected when reading their bio. The band was formed way back in 1995 and not much later they released their debut ‘Soul change’. In 2000 it was followed up by ‘Mantequilla’, which now 10 years later lands on my desk. I am glad it did, because the opening track “Electric velvet” immediately caught my attention, because it sounds very original and still will appeal to the fans of our genre. First off, the CD sounds as modern and classic rock orientated as 10 years ago when it was released, but it could also be a new release or even a re-issue of a 1970s record, so basically what we have here is a timeless sounding record. Thanks to the fantastic lead vocals of ERIC BALANGER, this band is lifted way above most other bands. Musically they combine all kinds of music, but 70s prog, classic rock and some 90s grunge are blended well together here, with melodies and choruses that reveal AOR/Pomprock influences. It is somehow a mix between KANSAS/ENCHANT, ALICE IN CHAINS, KING’S X, the instrumental side of RUSH and a more song based SPOCK’S BEARD, meaning this is a much-recommended proggy band to check out for sure. Like already mentioned, especially the melodies and the vocals are very impressive and a pleasure to listen to. Maybe not for everyone’s taste, this band is definitely an interesting band to check out, as they really have something new to offer. Progfans might absolutely adore BAG OF NICKELS! The band is currently working on a new CD, which is definitely something to look forward to. In the meantime, more info at: www.myspace.com/spoulchange

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