The Three 4 Tens
Although time may change some, The Three 4 Tens' full-length Change Is On It's Way (FT 38) clearly demonstrates a tactful ability to trace time. Where many modern throwbacks come acroos stale or ill conceived, Change... genuinely encapsulates an energy that has fueled the great eras of rock 'n' roll.
Conceived within the hushed halls of a Philadelphia Catholic High School, the first incarnation of The Three 4 Tens took form in the insubordinate imaginations of classmates Joe Tagg and Jamie Mahon. Tagg and Mann's rock n' roll reveries were put to practice mid-95' when the duo began writing material in the key of Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn and The Who's Quadrophenia. After adding drummer Jon Kois and guitarist Brian McNamara to the line-up, the quartet recorded and released their debut EP, "Throwback Move With the Three 4 Tens" (Lounge Records, 1997), and sparked an unruly live reputation leaving flaming tire tracks throughout the greater Northeast.
The Three 4 Tens supported the "Throwback" EP with extensive touring (including slots on The Who's 1997 reunion tour) and furthered their retro reputation with the "Magic Trip" 7-inch on Lounge Records in 1998 and a song on the Psychedelphia compilation (also featureing F13 labelmates Bent Leg Fatima andLenola). Soon after, McNamara was replaced by guitarist Scott Rodgers and the reinvented Three 4 Tens was approached by Paul Smith to oversee the production of Change...