Unlike other child stars, Danny Tamberelli didn’t wind up with an “E! True Hollywood Story” chronicling self-destructive fits and other mishaps and meltdowns. Tamberelli was 11 when he starred in the quirky Nickelodeon show “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” On the set, the young actor/musician had his amp blown up by Iggy Pop, got served ice-cream from Michael Stipe and traded CD’s with Steve Buscemi.
“I’m passionate about acting, but this is what I was doing in the dressing room even then,” says Tamberelli of his love for playing music. “It’s cool to do both, but music has always been my primary outlet.”
Jounce is not your normal touring ensemble. Made up of childhood friends who have known each other since kindergarten, the musical connection between them reflects these deep roots.
Consisting of Dan Tamberelli on bass, Matt DeSteno on guitar, and Joe Ciarallo on drums, with all members contributing vocals, the band is a mainstay at bars, clubs, music halls, colleges and festivals up and down the eastern United States, consistently consistently building buzz and refining their presence in both the live and studio settings.
When the members of Jounce graduated from college in spring of 2004, the band relocated to a somewhat secluded property bordered by the Holyoke State Forest in Amherst, MA. They traveled extensively, playing hundreds of shows and sharing bills with influences including the Benevento Russo Duo, The Flaming Lips, Medeski, Martin and Wood and The Slip.
After several years, the band returned home and moved back to the New York area, where they eventually landed in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Jounce’s self-titled debut album was released on June 29th, 2006 to rave reviews. The opening song “You Tell Me” garnered 3rd place in Relix magazine’s Winter 2006 JamOff Competition out of over 500 submissions and the band began playing increasingly larger rooms including New York’s Highline Ballroom and Gramercy Theater.
The band’s sophomore effort, “These Things,” was released March 31st, 2009 on GreenFence Records. The album was produced by Jounce and Rob Stevens (Magnetic Fields), and mixed and mastered by renowned producer Rob Fraboni (The Band, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley). The album contains nine tracks of previously un-released Jounce originals as well as a rendition of Guide By Voices’ “The Hardway.” Songs like “Too Far Gone” and “Who Hates “The Office” show the band’s ability to deliver tight rock anthems. “Cold Fog” shows they can ease into a tune and still bring you away. “Truth Defines” and “The World at Large” mix catchy choruses with instrumental prowess.
Jounce welcomed guest musicians Marco Benevento (The Duo), who played keyboards on “Yenny” and “These Things” and Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past, American Babies) who added guitar and vocals on “The World At Large,” “Cold Fog” and “These Things.” Upon releasing “These Things,” Relix magazine named Jounce one of their artists “on the verge.”
Men and Whales formed in 2008, under the direction of singer-songwriter Tom Murphy (rhythm guitar, vocals) and fellow musicians Brent Lazo (lead guitar) and Clint Paul (bass). That same year the band released their home-made debut 'Farewell to the Fire' and began performing live with newest member Garrett Finely on drums. The following summer, the new four-piece released the Long Story Short EP and continued honing their skills in clubs throughout NYC.
In 2010, the band released their second full-length album, 'When the Days Blend', followed by a mini-tour through California culminating in a performance at the Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles. In May of 2011 the band successfully completed their first residency at the popular NYC venue Fontana's, highlighted by a memorable live performance of the Beatles’ legendary album 'Abbey Road.' The following October they performed at CMJ, New York City's largest and longest running music industry showcase.
In 2012 the band mutually parted ways with Garrett Finely and handed off the drumsticks to Mark Seman. In the spring of that year they completed their second successful residency, this time at Arlene's Grocery in NYC and in November released their third full length album, 'The Years Are Gone'. Recorded in Williamsburg and produced by Andy Baldwin, 'The Years Are Gone' proved to be the bands strongest effort to date. Current singles from the album include 'I Always Knew', 'Arabella', and 'Everything We Give'. Men and Whales is currently booking dates throughout 2013 in support of 'The Years Are Gone'.