Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Apr 22nd 2008 5:00PM by Julia Simon
So what's with his band's moniker, then? "We tried to find a name for two months and even played gigs under various titles, but if we could use the name in England, we couldn't necessarily use it in America," Girelli groans. "We opted for 'Your Vegas' -- which was the title of a song with all this Americana imagery I wrote for my previous band -- mainly because no one else had it."
Fortunately, naming the album came more easily for the quintet. "The title refers to the fact that we're from a little town outside Leeds, then we moved to Leeds and then we relocated to New York where we finished the album," Girelli explains. "Plus, it's a take off Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities.' So, if you imagine the album like part of a book, consider chapter one written."
The CliffsNotes to this first chapter highlight how the band nabbed then lost a five-album label deal in the UK, swapped shores for New York City -- where Girelli penned songs for the album in a matter of hours -- and toured with the Bravery and Duran Duran. Its itinerant journey has been a source of inspiration for Girelli, who tends to muse about the chaos associated with displacement. "It's time to hit the road," the singer laments on 'Troubled Times,' before explaining how he missed the warnings foreshadowing his woes. Still, this set of grandiose tunes never downturns too melancholically. "There are pick-me-up messages here," Girelli enthuses. "I always try to put some universal message of hope."