The Glorious Veins: They came together with a mutual appreciation for all kinds of styles and a predilection for blending these influences to create a sound of their own. The band’s singer and primary songwriter is Paul Pangman. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Paul showed a love and affinity for music from a very young age. Paul came to New York at the age of 18 to attend Columbia University, where he picked up the guitar and started writing music. In a few years he wrote well over 100 songs but he needed to find a band to play them. Fortunately for him, that was all about to change. Matt “howlin” Howels, the guitarist, was born and raised in London, England. He taught himself how to play at age 12 and has been blowing minds with his slashing skills ever since. In the UK, he played with many different bands while in college at Southhampton and in London after graduation. In October of 2007, Matt moved to New York City where he immediately fell into the downtown blues scene before joining The GV’s. Lee Grasso, the bassist, was born and raised in Connecticut. Originally a guitar player, Lee found himself playing bass for theGV's after they did a line-up change during August of '08. And last but not least, drummer Wiggy Colmenares. Born and raised in the Philippines, Wiggy started playing the drums in middle school. Music became his passion and he went on to play in many successful Filipino rock bands. He moved to New York City in 2007 with his family and now lives in Queens.
D'Simone: D’Simone’s love affair with music began when he was a young boy growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey. As the son of veteran music arranger/producer, Charles Calello, he spent much of his youth in recording studios hanging out with some of the biggest artists of the 70s and 80s. By the time he was in his early teens he was writing his own songs and knew music was something he wanted to pursue. During his high school years, while most of his classmates were on the football field, D’Simone could be found on the stage of the auditorium banging out Elton John and Billy Joel tunes on the grand piano. He dreamed about moving to Boston and attending Berklee College of Music, and once he graduated from high school that’s exactly what he did. At Berklee, D’Simone was exposed to the world of rock and roll music that he had read about in Rolling Stone magazine. Within a few months of arriving in Boston, he formed a band and started playing in local clubs. He spent the next several years developing his talent as a musician, songwriter and live performer, building a devoted fan base and earning a coveted spot on Boston’s "Top 10 Live Bands" list. Long before other local bands thought about recording their own music, D’Simone was learning how to make records with his band mates and recording in studios that he designed and built. He quickly became known for his recording and production skills, and started working with many local and national musicians. As time went on, he found himself taking on the role of engineer and producer more and more. In the mid 90s, D’Simone decided it was time for a change and moved to New York. He rented a large apartment and converted half of it into a recording studio. Within a few months he had settled into New York’s Indie music scene and was recording and producing a number of artists, which was great, but left very little time for his own music. A songwriter at heart, he struggled to balance his role as a producer with his desire to pursue his own music. The songs were piling up in his head, though, and after a while, he knew what he needed to do. After a few months of writing, D’Simone began recording his new music and exploring the possibility of releasing an album as an independent artist. He's released three singles to date, Sleepwalking and Desert Rain, which were both co-produced by his father, Charles Calello, and Follow, which he co-wrote with his friend/former bandmate, Jeff Soriano. He is currently performing live shows in New York with a group of very talented musicians and promoting the release of his debut album Sleepwalking.
The Drop-Out Record: The Drop-Out Record is pop/rock band straight from New York City with a fun, uptempo, and unique sound. With many genres in their influence, The Drop-Out Record brings their own style to the current rock scene with great songs and a loyalty to a live show that you can dance, sing, and clap along to.
The Grey Area: Washington Area Music Award Nominee for New Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocalist of the Year.