Television City employ an amps-cranked and hook-filled blend of power pop, indie Americana, heartland punk, and Midwest grit. The group is the creation of guitarist/vocalist Brian Raleigh, a longtime student of Petty, Springsteen, and the Replacements, and a veteran roots rocker who blazed a similar sonic path with his bands Porchsleeper and Fidrych. Formed in 2016, Raleigh rounded up a seasoned crew of Detroit area noisemakers for the group's debut studio album, including guitarist Garret Bielaniec, bassist/vocalist Kristin VonBernthal, drummer Jim Faulkner, and organ and pedal steel specialist Dave Feeny.
Brian Raleigh has been playing rock & roll long enough to know the odds career-wise, and that it doesn’t pay to wear your heart on your sleeve in a world where shtick sells better than truth and soul. But for good or ill, Raleigh refuses to give up the ghost, and after fighting the good fight with his bands Porchsleeper and Fidrych (not to mention plenty of other projects that drifted under the radar), he’s back with a new project, Television City. And it’s clear Raleigh hasn’t given up on rock for a really good reason — he’s good at it, and he and his friends having a blast playing it.
Television City finds Raleigh and his cohorts mixing up a roots rocker’s love of a good melody, a rock dude’s passion for big guitars, and an aging punk’s undying affection for energy and snarky wit. Then add in the no-bullshit heart, soul, and sweat of a guy who has spent years wearing out albums by the Replacements, Springsteen, and Petty, among the many acts who’ve left their mark on his musical imagination. This is hooky, shout-along rock for people who know that rock ‘n’ roll can save your life, as long as you’re not so foolish as to take it too seriously. It’s music for a Saturday night that can still find a home during the middle of the week.
Television City is Raleigh’s vehicle — he writes the songs, sings lead, and plays guitar — but he knows a good rock band is rarely a one man show, and he’s assembled a great team of like-minded musicians to help bring the tunes to life. His partners in Television City are local guitar hero Garret Bielniec (The Rockets, Billy Raffoul), Kristin Von B. (Crossed Lines and Betty Cooper) on bass and backing vocals, Dave Feeny (Blanche, Loretta Lynn) on pedal steel and keys, and Jim Faulkner (The Beggars) on drums.
With great songs, solid players, and a infallible instinct about when to emphasize the tunes and when to crank the guitars, Television City is the sort of band that can remind you why you fell for this rock ‘n’ roll business in the first place. Except they’ll try hard not to make you regret it in the morning.
- Television City (2018) iTunes
- Brenda Lived by the Lake (2018) iTunes Bandcamp
- Engadine (2018) iTunes
- Month of Sundays (2016) iTunes Bandcamp
- Mudface Down (2016) iTunes Bandcamp
- The Night Johnny Thunders Saved Christmas (1977) (Pre Band era) iTunes Bandcamp