Jersey, Guitars and Leah Druzinsky

Catch Leah Druzinsky live with The Locals at Metro 11/15/13

Catch Leah Druzinsky live with The Locals at Metro 11/15/13

The Locals: Some of your music was featured on Jersey Shore & Snookie and JWow. If you were on a hidden camera show, would we mostly like find you at the: Gym? Tanning Salon, or doing laundry?

Leah Druzinsky: If I only had those three choices I’d go with at the gym because that would make me feel more badass. But I’m assuming those were just examples and I’m supposed to tell the truth… Probably hanging out with the dog or family or friends relaxing. Or writing some songs. Nothin too fancy!

The Locals: This one is for the gear heads: What kind of guitars do you play/own?

Leah Druzinsky:My two babies: Martin and Taylor. Martin I only use for writing and unplugged shows so you won’t see her a lot but she’s a gem. The Taylor is a 426ce-LTD and Martin is a 000X1 Auditorium Solid Spruce Top.

The Locals: As a songwriter, sometimes you hear a song and you’re like “Man, that is awesome I wish I had wrote that”. What song is that for you?

Leah Druzinsky:That is a toughy. That happens to me daily. If I had to pick one off the top of my head? Ah… still hard. Okay my first instinct is to say “I Shall Be Released” I love the Jeff Buckley version- deeply.

The Locals: How many 1/2 finished tunes do you have going at the moment? And how do you go about naming your songs? (ours tend to be named “new song” for months till something jumps out at us)

Leah Druzinsky:I can’t count how many half songs I have going. Probably close to 15. However it might be interesting to know that most of my half songs actually aren’t the ones I end up playing. Most of the songs that I write just kind either happen or don’t happen…. I don’t really go back that often. A lot of my songs just flow and become a song and the others are just verses that I don’t often go back to. If I do go back to it…. it takes at LEAST half a year to go back to the verse and say “hey, i’m gonna see if i can work with this!” Naming the song… eek… Sometimes I’ll take the most “powerful” line in the song, otherwise I’ll take the most prominent line in it so that people don’t end up calling the song a different name than I named it… which happens.. But I don’t usually spend a lot of time on the names of songs, recently I have just been naming them the “obvious” name..

The Locals: If you could write a theme song for any TV show what would it be?

Leah Druzinsky:Would’ve been sweet to write the theme for like Homeland or some really badass show. I love the show Orange Is The New Black and Regina Spektor has a pretty sweet theme song for that. Just a badass show. HBO? Showtime? Netflix? I’m waiting for that phonecall 😉

The Locals: Where can folks check you out online?

Leah Druzinsky:I update Facebook all the time. So facebook-fan me if you like my music! . I also have a website Those are the best places to find me, you can follow me on twitter as well- @leahdruzi

An interview with Rory Tyer Band

See Rory Tyer Band with The Locals at The Metro

See Rory Tyer Band with The Locals at The Metro

The Shoeshine Boy Productions show on 11/15/13 at The Metro is going to be a monster line up. We sat down with the fine young men of Rory Tyer Band to find out what makes them tick.

The Locals:Do you have any previous band name iterations? Rory Tyer Experience? Rory Tyer Orchestra? Rory Tyer Face Melting Society?
RTB: In high school I had a band called “Bank Zero” but one time it was announced as “Zero Bank” and after that I was like, I guess I should just use my real name since I write most of the songs, and that started in college. And then I just saw a show poster that says “Rory Tyler Band,” and Tyler is not my last name. So apparently that decision worked out real well.

The Locals: Let’s meet the band members, give us your names, what instrument you play, and where do you stand – are you “ice cream” or “gelato”
RTB: Danny – bass / ice cream.
Dave V. – guitar and keys / ice cream. Brian – bass / ice cream.
Dave B. – drums / ice cream. Basically we all love ice cream? Danny, Dave V., and Brian all also sing.
And I’m Rory, I play guitar and piano, and I choose ice cream.

The Locals: (there goes that life size, sculpture made of gelato, of RTB we were going to present to the band after the show)

The Locals:What is your favorite live show memory ever?
RTB: From a show I watched: during Vampire Weekend’s set at Lolla 2013, a huge guy ran shirtless across the stage and was tackled by an equally huge stagehand. The look on Chris Baio’s (bassist) face was priceless, and also they kept playing like champs. From a show I played: someone came up and asked me: “Where do you go?” I looked confused and they said, “I mean, like, where do you go when you play music? Because you’re clearly somewhere else, and it’s awesome.” Really neat to have someone say something like that to me.

The Locals: If you could collaborate on a tune with any artist living or dead, who would that be?
RTB: I’d like to write and record a concept album with Andrew Bird that tells a fantasy story about a very small child waging–and winning– a war against the monsters in her closet & under her bed.

The Locals: Where can people find out more about you online?
RTB: Find our music and media at; follow us at and for updates!

Ceasar Live N Loud (Portugal): A review of Stereostatic Funicular

Introducing The Locals

Hey guys! I am happy to introduce you to The Locals, an alt-rock/power pop band from Chicago. The band consists of members: Yvonne Doll: Vocals, Songwriter, Guitar, Christy Nunes: Bass and Tommy Oerding: Drums. One of the reasons I wanted to introduce you to this band is the fact that bassist Christy Nunes has some portuguese roots, her great grandfather is from my lovely island, Madeira! :) Returning to the music…. they’ve just released a new EP, Stereostatic Funicular, which was produced by Steve Gillis. My favourite tracks are 3 Inches From The Floor, Inventio and Bellissimo, 3 great pop/rock tracks that remind me a bit of No Doubt. I can definitely picture Bellissimo being part of a movie soundtrack (I love that bass)! 3 Inches From The Floor has a very catchy chorus and I love Yvonne’s vocals here! This is the best track off the EP! If you like The Pixies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Whigs, etc, you will surely enjoy The Locals.

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Stereostatic Funicular Review: Selective Memory Magazine

“Listening to The Locals is like a breath of fresh air, even if that air was harvested from an early ‘90s alternative buzz. This EP is a quick listen and will sift through your pleasure sensories as fast as you caught word of this band. But that’s not a bad thing because listening to Stereostatic Funicular just leads me to want to check out their other releases offered on the band’s Bandcamp page.

The music is easy. The songs, a mixture of taunting defiance and emotional contemplation, it never gets sappy, nor does it get cocky. Yvonne Doll espouses enough restraint to allow room for listener interpretation. What you get out of it all is a feeling of pure unadulterated rock pleasure.

I have to say I really like what The Locals are doing. It seems like their music would be fun to transcend into a live setting, and a band like this has potential with an already solid foundation. Depsite being surrounded by hipster motivations, what this band does best is ignore popular vote and create solid alternative rock the Midwest has to offer.”

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Q&A with Lights Alive

Lights Alive

Lights Alive

If you’ve ever had that sinking feeling that street lights are winking at you, it’s probably Lights Alive performing their brand of punk-pop somewhere in the naked city (we prefer our cities naked, don’t you?)

The Locals: What’s the story behind your band name?
Lights Alive: We wanted a name to match our sound, and that one came up after several rounds of “what words don’t sound terrible together?” The name sounds better if you do jazz hands while saying it.
The Locals: we’re fact checking this as we speak, any excuse to use jazz hands

The Locals: We see you have a single up on bandcamp? Any plans for a full album?
Lights Alive:Yes! We are putting the finishing touches on our ep, to be released soon…

The Locals: If you could have one guest musician jam with you on stage who would that be?
Lights Alive:It would be different for each of us. For me, it would be Amanda Palmer on the ukulele, for Adam I would guess Tom DeLonge (from Blink182) on guitar, and for Dave…hmmm….Meatloaf on kazoo?

The Locals: Devon, we heard you had food poisoning when we all played together at the Double Door. Thanks for not vomiting on stage. That’s not a question. We just appreciate it (no good show STARTS with vomit) Thanks!

Lights Alive: Yeah, it sucked but a little adrenaline and a dose of Pepto helped me through it. I was still sick for 2 days after that. I’ll never look at salmon the same way again.

The Locals: What’s next on the agenda for you guys? Tours? Recording? Sky Diving?
Lights Alive:There are always a million things on our agenda, all of those things you mentioned are included. We’ve never been good at sticking to a business plan, so whatever thing one of us is gung-ho about the time will usually happen! Right now it’s releasing the EP and prepping for a music video shoot in the fall.

The Locals: Where can people check you out online?
Lights Alive: (some cool covers we did are on there),
and for pretty pictures of us, you can go to
To see all of my awesomely witty, grammatically correct tweets,

Vocals that “sweetly soar”: Illinois Entertainer Review of Stereostatic Funicular

“It’s hard to believe alt-pop trio The Locals have been in the Chicago music scene and touring the Midwest for over 10 years now, but their maturity and chemistry shines through on their latest EP Stereostatic Funicular. The sound on these five tracks is as fun as the name, as front-woman Yvonne Doll’s vocals sweetly soar over simple melodic riffs. The Locals no doubt have borrowed from predecessors like The Breeders and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, but they’ve managed to create their own unique sound…
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-Carter Moss

WCPO PICKS: Midpoint Music Fest

We had a great time at our Midpoint Music Fest showcase, thank you to WCPO for making us one of their “Hour by Hour” picks for Saturday.
“8 — The Locals : Founder Yvonne Doll grew up in Cincy but moved to Chicago for art school and formed her band there. Think edgy pop ala Juliana Hatfield .—MP. Also chosen by PJO. (Main Event). METZ : They popped up on my recommended list in Spotify, which was unusually accurate in this case. ”

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Review: New independant music coming from The Windy City

Thank you to JP Music blog for the kind words about our new cd, Stereostatic Funicular!

“From Chicago comes new music from the alternative pop band The Locals and singer/songwriter Julie Meckler. The Locals recently released their latest five-song EP entitled “Stereostatic Funicular.” Right from the opening song “Running Toward The Sound,” you instantly notice the pop-punk lead vocals of singer Yvonne Doll. Her voice is so fun and the music is very up-beat and infectious that you find yourself grooving to the quick pace of “Inventio.” The album closes with the big guitar rock of “Bellissimo,” which should make mainstream radio take notice of The Locals.

The band has half-a-dozen dates lined up, beginning with the Indie Rock Invitational in Michigan at the end of the month. To find out more about The Locals, please visit”

An interview with: MER

See MER with The Locals at The Metro (Chicago) 11/15/13

See MER with The Locals at The Metro (Chicago) 11/15/13

We’re very excited to be playing The Metro, Friday 11/15/13 with “MER”. This is their story (and they are sticking to it)


MER: My first name is Edmer. Went by Ed up until college. Needed a stage name, so I took on the back half of my name. Not that “Hollywood” of a story, but it’s the truth.


MER: Tough to say. The music has taken on a few different identities over the past 10 years. I just hope people think it’s “good” and doesn’t “suck”.


MER: Dropping out of college and playing 200 shows a year.


MER: Chicago Theater


MER: Just released two new singles produced by Sean O’Keefe [Fall Out Boy, Plain White T’s]. Back in the studio tracking new songs.

10/5 – Seattle
10/6 – Seattle
10/12 – Los Angeles
10/15 – Chicago Ideas Week
10/17 – Chicago Ideas Week
11/15 – METRO


MER: Foo Fighters