Music Review: Paging Grace

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Paul Kalis

LIU Post’s own Rafe Tangorra has been busy with his Paging Grace band mates, Chris Trentacoste, Phil Firetog, Bryan Mulholland, and David Wong. The rock band released its first EP, “All You’re Made Of,” in 2007. Its second EP, “Stay The Night,” was released in 2009.

Paging Grace believes that listeners need to have music they can connect with. That’s why the group is named after lead singer Chris Trentacoste’s grandmother. This allows him to reflect on how even after death, his connection with her continues. The band’s song “Take Back Your Freedom” was written about Trent’s mother during her battle with breast cancer.

The first album’s single, “Leave,” hit radio airwaves in January 2008. Statistically, it was well received in the Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York markets. The band was awarded “Hot AC Most Added New Artist” and reached #1 on the “Independent Music Network,” was voted Best Band by the Long Island Press in 2008 and 2009, was featured on MTV’s true life, and is listed as the Top 10 artist in New York by Myspace and Top 3 by AOL City Guide.

For the Paging Grace Care’s Campaign, Rafe Tangorra, drummer, co-founded Rock Out Autism in 2008. The Benefit Concert has raised over $37,000 for The Fay J. Lindner Center, which provides services for those living with autism. Rock Out Autism 2012 will be held on April 28th, 2012, at The Nutty Irishman, 323 Main Street, Farmingdale, N.Y. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. This year’s show will feature Paging Grace, Nick Tangorra, The Walking Tree, Homebound, Trish Torrales, and the #1 New York Foreigner Tribute, Head Games.

My personal favorites include, “Don’t Rush Me” and “Every Inch of You.” The band’s music certainly does belong on the radio, with an upbeat melody and lyrics that come straight from the heart. It certainly gives bands, such as Daughtry, a run for their money and has been off to an impressive start. “All You’re Made Of” and “Stay The Night” are available to download via iTunes. Tune into PTV Channel 96, LIU Post’s TV Station, on Sunday, April 15th, for an exclusive performance and interview with Paging Grace along with an interview with New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo. Proceeds collected from the special will benefit the Interfaith Nutrition Network, a network of soup kitchens to feed hungry Long Islanders.

 

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