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The Black Jackets are:

Tony Romanello - vocals, guitar
Andy Callis - guitar, backing vocals
Mike Taylor - guitar, backing vocals
Matt Vandaveer - bass
Mike Friedemann - drums


Chasing Airwaves is the latest album from Tulsa rock mainstays, Tony Romanello and the Black Jackets. In addition to the pounding drums, melodic bass, and three-guitar musings of past Black Jackets compositions, this album also features a fresh palette of keys, synths, and samples. But make no mistakes, this is rock. And 'rock' is what these guys do, and have been doing together in one form or fashion for a long while. Hints of the 80's, 90's, and 2000's are all present here in this eclectic wall of sound - - packaged together nicely pairing pop hooks with static riffs via this troupe of admitted (and proud of it!) fuzzed out rawkers.

Chasing Airwaves follows on the heels of the 2012 EP, Pleased To Meet Us, which saw Romanello reuniting with several past partners-in-crime to form the Black Jackets: 2006ís Rock and Roll Fairytales EP drummer, Mike Friedemann, returns with equal parts punch and finesse; Magnificently melodic and rock-steady bassist Matt Vandaveer teams up for the first time since Murmurís 1999 EP; Former TRB staple, Andy Callis, and long-time friend, Mike Taylor, brilliantly provide the balance to the wall of sound by solidifying the oft-attempted, but rarely-effective, three-guitar assault. In a modern world dominated by hipster indie crooners and stud nickel backers, the Black Jackets offer no whiny excuses or overblown delusions - - only the promise of good things to come.


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After playing in a number of bands between Tulsa and Norman, OK early in his musical career, Romanello crept onto the indie scene by working with members of Oklahoma alt icons Chainsaw Kittens and Flaming Lips. He dropped three solo CD's: Lo-Fi Dreams in Stereo: Vol. I (2000), The MumbleOdd (2000), and Counting Stars (2003) to consistent rave reviews throughout CMJ Radio (Counting Stars - no. 65 Spring '03) and international press (CMJ, Uncut, Pop Culture Press). Counting Stars even boasted the drumming of Lips' maestro Steven Drozd as well as a full horn and string ensemble. The comparisons in the media ranged from the abstract (Jeff Buckley, Jeremy Enigk, Catherine Wheel) to the concrete (Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stoneage).

After bowing to requests to hit the regional alternative rock circuit, Romanello diverged from his solo work to form TRB as a tangible rock and roll unit. The band released the Where Are You Tonight? EP (2003), and TRB s/t (2004). These releases garnered the band a taste of major commercial radio success ("Where Are You Tonight?" and "Better Days" added to KMYZ summer 2003 & Fall 2004) and attracted a significant amount of industry attention. The fans of his hometown of Tulsa, OK responded by voting him and the band multiple awards over this span, including Artist of the Year in 2002.

In 2005 he left TRB, relocated to Texas, and returned to his solo work. He released the Rock 'n Roll Fairytales EP in summer of 2006 featuring Mike Friedemann's bombastic drums, and his craftwork on everything else - ranging from the usual smooth vocal and crunchy guitar duties to whirling keyboards, fuzzed out bass, and retro keys. January 2007 saw the release of Lo-Fi Dreams in Stereo: Vol. 2. The album, a compilation of songs from 2001-2006, runs a spectrum from lo-fi anthems to hi-fi rockers.

In 2009, Romanello returned to his hometown of Tulsa, OK and formed The Black Jackets.

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