TAB the Band prepares for tour with Stone Temple Pilots
Sitting at a table inside Cornerstone Café in downtown Plymouth, brothers Adrian and Tony Perry browsed through the breakfast menu as their friend Ben Tileston sat patiently sipping his cup of coffee.
After placing their orders, the guys talked about their indie classic rock trio, TAB the Band. That’s right – indie classic rock.
“We’re a true indie band. We do everything ourselves, pretty much. And we’re not affected by any lame-o scene,” Adrian said, waiting for his bagel to arrive. “We’re just making our songs.”
This Duxbury trio has played together for a little more than a year and a half, and this past Tuesday marked the release of its second full-length album. Twenty-seven-year old singer and bassist Adrian, along with Tileston (drums/backing vocals) and Tony (guitar/backing vocals), both 21, have put their own spin on a sound that shook the late ’60s and early ’70s – classic rock and roll.
“Very few bands get to do what they want to do,” Tileston, a 2005 Duxbury High School grad who’s heading into his senior year at Boston University, said. “It’s exactly what we’ve been doing.”
TAB the Band will take their infectious throwback rock and roll sound to Memorial Hall this Friday (Aug. 15), alongside Plymouth jam band 3rd Left and local post-rock group The Widescreen Edition, which recently opened for Lifehouse.
“We’re first-timers,” Tony said of TAB the Band playing Plymouth.
Since they officially formed in January 2007, the guys have played Great Scott in Allston; T.T. the Bear’s and the Middle East (upstairs) in Cambridge; Bill’s Bar; and the Hard Rock Café in Boston, New York and Philly. The band added another guitar player, Duxbury’s Louie Jannetty, for this tour.
“I think the first couple of shows a lot of people were curious,” Adrian said. “That’s the challenge of being in a band. (People who come to shows) are curious at first. Now we’ve played more and we’re actually a real band. At our third gig ever, major labels were there. Yeah, it’s good that they were coming, but come back in a year when we get our s*** together.”
This is their first show in quite some time, the guys explained. And two days after their Plymouth show, the trio head out on a mini tour with Stone Temple Pilots and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
“We really wanted to start with a show at home before we went out with Stone Temple Pilots,” Adrian said. “Stone Temple Pilots was one of my favorite bands growing up, and we love Black Rebel, too. It’s kind of weird to say we’re opening up for Stone Temple Pilots.”
Tileston’s really looking forward to playing so close to home. The band has never played anywhere outside of Boston, he said. “Our first show (Middle East upstairs) we had a lot of friends from home.”
This a chance for the band’s hometown friends, who have never or rarely seen them play live, to see them perform less than 15 minutes from Duxbury, he added.
It’ll be a short stay in the area, however. TAB the Band plays Aug. 17 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in North Carolina, its first stop with Stone Temple Pilots.
“Playing with Stone Temple Pilots and Black Rebel Motorcycle is going to be awesome,” Tony, who attends B.U., said. “To have a chance to be on stage with those guys; it hasn’t hit us yet.”
TAB the Band then plays three more shows with Stone Temple Pilot: Orlando (Aug. 19), Tampa (Aug. 22) and Alpharetta, Ga. (Aug. 23). The guys’ next stop in Boston comes Sept. 13, when they play Great Scott for their own record release show, celebrating their latest disc, Long Weekend, which came out this week.
Growing up, the guys in TAB the Band were fans of The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones. All three bands, and countless other phenomenal, classic rock bands from decades ago, have influenced the group. Their sound is unique to the post-Y2K rock scene, which has been littered with depressing emo rock and ear-piercing nu metal.
“I was already in an emo band, and it sucked,” Tileston said. “I like the whole idea of rock and roll.”
“It’s more original to play in a rock band,” Tony added. “It’s what we grew up listening to.”
Growing up, the Perry brothers couldn’t have gotten any closer to classic rock roll than right in their own home. Their father played in one of the most influential classic rock bands of all time – Joe Perry, lead guitarist for Aerosmith. But now that they’re in a band of their own and play classic rock, some people – and critics – instantly compare them to Aerosmith.
“It’s frustrating, but they’re a good band. If someone’s going to compare us to them, it’s a compliment,” Tony said. “I think people just draw that conclusion. They’re the biggest rock band ever. But it gets monotonous. We’re evolving as a band. We record everything ourselves.”