Frank Viele and the Manhattan Project
This summer, Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project is pumped to release their debut full-length album Neon Lights on July 13, 2010. Spanning funk, rock, pop and a bit of blues and swing, the 9 tracks feature the band's signature combo of driving horns, funky bass lines, syncopated rhythms, Viele's gruff vocals, and impressive sax and guitar solos that are the icing on the cake. The songs are all upbeat and cover topics from love ("Somebody Else", "Try", "It Don't Seem Far"), flirtation ("Anticipation", "Turn Around"), temptation ("Portland Rain"), comforting a friend ("Neon Lights", "Cards, Right, Tonight"), and self-realization ("Right in Front of Me"). Each song is complex and intricately arranged, and like each member, has something fresh to offer each time the band performs it.
Blogcritics Magazine says about the Neon Lights album, "If you're looking for something different with some sensational horns and guitars and a funky modern feel, give Frank and the boys a listen." And SFCritic says, "...both the musical strength of the band and their skilled arrangement makes the album come alive, and makes it worth listening to."
In a short amount of time, Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project has achieved enviable strides as an independent band. Scoring endorsements from Breedlove guitars and Gibson/Tobias bass guitars, landing two nights at The Fairfield Theatre opening for Bob Marley's band The Wailers, and 2 TV appearances on the CBS "Better Connecticut" show in Hartford, CT. 2010 is looking even better for the band, with performances throughout the Northeast region, including at the Gig in the Sky Festival (with Eric Krasno, EOTO, and m.o.e.), the 45th Parallel Festival (with Everclear and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus), co-headlining the Indie Art by the Sea Festival in Newport, Six Flags amusement parks, and many others!