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Basic info
Name The Monochrome Cherubs
Formed On
# of Members 4
Homepage www.mamboroomproductions.com
 
Contact/Booking info
Name Tim Lacy
Phone 845-834-3150
E-mail fuzzbox@optonline.net
Misc

Description
Alternative Hard Rock Style

Roster
Tim Lacy: Ld & Rythym Gtrs, Ld & Bkgrd Vocals, Bass Gtr, Keybds, Perc.
Mike Sciotto: Drums and Perc.
Nick Moroch: Lead Gtrs
Colin Almquist: Bass Gtr.

Influences
Jimi Hendrix, Audioslave, X, The Pretenders, Janes Addiction

History
Tim Lacy left the "cushy"confines of New York City and retreated 100 miles north in Woodstock. A good portion of his career was spent working as a session guitarist and vocalist. "I worked with bands like Thief, Man Size Habit (W/ Pete Marshall of Iggy Pop), Messenger (W/ Paul Pesco of Madonna, Steve Winwood) and with Producer Paul O'Neill(Trans Siberian Orchestra, Aerosmith) on several recordings. I was in a baby band then, we were signed to Leber-Krebs mgt. Paul was an up and coming Producer. Other than my own band,"Thief",I really didn't have too much going on, so Paul asked if I would assist him on this record he was producing for Atlantic Records. The band was called "Savatage" and the record was "Hall of the Mountain King." It worked out so well we did the follow up "Gutter Ballet" and finally the First "Badlands" record with Jake E. Lee and Ray Gillen. It never really dawned on me how much production exposure I was getting back then." He also worked as an In-House sound engineer for SIR studios in New York from 1991 to 1994. "If you are a musician looking to get ahead, you gotta pay your dues at SIR. Every great musician rehearses there, from Sonny Rollins to Roberta Flack, and from Radiohead to White Zombie. That was quite an experience! I was constantly honing my chops. When I wasn't mixing sound for bands like "INXS" or "David Sanborn" I was sitting in with whoever was crazy or desperate enough to let me jam with them."

"I wasn't really satisfied with what I was hearing on records or the radio or MTV at that time.I was really restless and felt like Rock N Roll was moving away from it's roots. I remember when Stevie Ray passed away. It was so tragic and music really needed what he had to offer back then. I remember thinking what's left? I needed to get back to what it was that made me fall in love with Rock N Roll in the first place......Rhythm and Blues and Jimi Hendrix." He listened again to Robert Johnson and Skip James. He also rediscovered Rory Gallagher. "It was that kind of playing...Jimi's, Stevie's and Rory"s.. that was missing in my life. That fluid, organic ,bluesy sound, the sound of the soul. The sound of a Strat." He "shedded" for about two years and finally got to work on putting together a project studio.

The Mambo Room was finally completed in early 2001. Danny (original drummer Dan Cartwright) and Colin came as a package. "I Knew about Danny from word of mouth and got to jam with Danny and Colin one day at Danny's house at one of his birthday jams and there it was...that intangible magical element." Both Dan and Colin had been playing around locally in a Band called "Spin Cycle Lava" as well as doing some road and studio work. "When the three of us got in a room together it was where we truly wanted to be...making GREAT music. That's how the "Cherubs" came to be.

The lastest version has Mike Sciotto taking the drum slot along with Guitar Virtuoso Nick Moroch helping out on guitar chores. "I went back into my past to see who would be best suited to take this to the next level. I contacted Mike Sciotto, a long time friend who goes back to when we were teens. Mike has been living and breathing drums for as long as I can remember. Same with Nicky. Nicky, Mike and I have circled around each over the years in the New York music scene and this was a golden opportunity for us to collaborate. We all have the same tastes and a high regard for production value. It makes a great match."
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