THE PROBLEMS perform an infectious blend of Urban and Alternative Roots-Rock, citing acoustic/alternative rock/country and guitar based pop as influences - with perhaps a bit of punk. Singer/songwriter Caiafa explains; â€œWe hate being pigeon-holed into one category. Because of this bandâ€™s ability to play whatever the songs demand, the songs take on a life of their own.â€
Currently in the studio with new members Billy Kaffadrin (guitar), Kate Porter (bass) and Eddy Goldberg (banjo, harmonica and vocals), together with founding members Frank Caiafa (guitar, vox) and Barbara Corless (drums), THE PROBLEMS are forging a classic sound which is both current and timeless.
When THE PROBLEMS originally began playing in and around N.Y.C, a fortuitous meeting with Smithereens front man Pat Dinizio led to an invite on novel tour concept â€œThe Living Room Tour". This proved to be a remarkable success, and soon THE PROBLEMS were recording their full-length debut album (available at CDBaby.com). Enthusiastically received by critics and fans alike, it has been playing across the U.S. and around the world, including on National Public Radio's "All Songs Considered" and on WAXQ 104.3 New York's new music show "Out of the Box". Various cuts can also be heard in rotation on XM satellite radio's "Unsigned" channel and on Pandora.com, among others.
In September 2004, Billboard magazine awarded "This Town" an Honorable Mention in their "World Song Contest" in the Rock/Alternative Rock category. Songs from "The Problems" have been featured in film such as the independent releases, "The Poker Game" and renowned artist Lonnie Hanzon's award winning documentary "Working the Magic.â€ THE PROBLEMS also provide the central theme song (â€œRanâ€) for the soon to be released independent film, â€œThe Dying Lightâ€, directed by Joseph Christiana. This song will be included on the new CD currently in production.
"After listening to The Problems CD in my car, I had to play these infectious songs on my morning show. The audience liked them too, they were calling in asking to hear more. This band has a fresh sound, yet familiar; they're a group that you would expect to hear at the Woodstock Fests! I think nothing but good things are in store for The Problems."
- Brother Wease, Morning Show Host & Woodstock MC
"The CD from 'The Problems' is full of really accessible, catchy rock & roll. The songs are very well crafted and performed with passion. These guys know how to do it."
-Dave Kane, WCMF - FM 96.5 Music Director, Midday Host
"Listening to The Problems, it's hard to believe they hail from New York. Their blend of jangly, rootsy rock/pop suggest a more rural U.S. home base. The LP gets off to a strong start, with three of the albums best songs: "This Town", "Ain't Over Yet", and the standout "Still". The album doesn't let up after that, with one catchy, head-bopping tune after another, and a few quieter, heartfelt ballads thrown in for good measure. Perhaps the bands biggest "problem" will be to get enough people in our big city to take notice!
-The Big Takeover #49
"Think Dave Matthews with a "Big Daddy" era Mellencamp fixation or Rockpile if Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds had studied Ralph Stanley instead of Chuck Berry. Either way, great stuff, original songs that showcase some great heartland rock and killer melodies that add a pop edge."
- Freight Train Boogie.com
"There's some great arrangements and hook filled tunes to hear, and they're all kept short and tight with minimal fuss. The lyrics are also intelligent and not your normal 'in one ear and out the other' fodder that a lot of bands end up with. Out of the 17 cuts on the album, there's really not a clunker in the bunch, a rare feat indeed."
"As the singer/songwriter/poet style has resurrected with the Dylan-esque sounds of Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn and Wilco, comes New York based band The Problems, with their impressive debut record. The band confirms they can rock with the best of them on "In For Me" with an X-like vocal ambiance coupled with a Chuck Berry infused guitar solo. There are no problems with The Problems first appearence and in fact if there were a problem, it would be a lack of a recording contract. This group of musicians successfully blend musical genres without confusing the listener. The first outing for The Problems is fun, fresh, energetic, quirky,and poignant collection of very well crafted original songs.
-Crud Music Magazine (www.2-4-7-music.com)
Check out the artist's website:
1. This Town
2. Ain't Over Yet
4. Biggest Fan
5. Two Sides Green
6. Before I Go
7. Break a Hip
9. The Gift of Elvis
11. The End of The Line
12. In For Me
14. Mighta Gone Once
16. The Lottery
17. That Town