Victor DeLorenzo has released his new EP titled ‘Tranceaphone’. Originally the drummer for Violent Femmes, Victor clearly steps into the light and makes his musical mark on the world with a varied set of fueled masterpieces; each with its own signature sound and defining personality done in a way that personifies the creative mind and harkens back to when post-modern was the reigning genre.
‘Tranceaphone’ was released on March 19 and is available digitally across key online stores and online streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
Best-known as the drummer for Violent Femmes throughout the 1980s, DeLorenzo came into his own in the mid-’90s with a solo career. In the course of his career, DeLorenzo has also had the pleasure of being an actor, writer, audio engineer, and producer. His acting career got an incredible launch when he replaced Willem Dafoe in the Milwaukee-based theater company Theatre X, when Willem left for stage and film brilliance in NYC and beyond.
DeLorenzo is also one-half of the chamber rock duo Nineteen Thirteen with cellist Janet Schiff and was previously the drummer in Moe Tucker‘s band, which also included former Velvet Underground bandmate Sterling Morrison in the mid to late 90s.
“I wanted to write a collection of music that suggests a story but doesn’t really lay anything out in a concrete way. A mystery of omission featuring a folk/art instrument as a good luck charm. Whatever happens to the maybe woman and man in this story is anybody’s guess, but the cadence of the lyrics against the musical thought intrigues me. It’s like listening to a film noir feature if pictures could sing,” says Victor DeLorenzo.
“The ‘Tranceaphone’ EP is lovingly based on the idea of multiple layers of drum choirs that sing out not only in time but with joyfully implied melodies that bob and weave. After recording different drum systems, I then wrote music that could breathe within the improvised drum set structures. The bass parts are very important to the drum sounds on this Ep in the way the bass and drum parts help to create a sonic mystery of sorts for the vocals to hide in.”
DeLorenzo’s signature sound is a result of his minimalist drum set. He often uses nothing more than a snare drum, a tranceaphone, and steel brushes. The tranceaphone consists of a metal bushel basket inverted over a tom. He favors this style of drum set because, in their early days, The Femmes often played on the streets.
Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, DeLorenzo moved to Milwaukee after high school. An actor from the age of five and drummer from 16, he paired up with bassist Brian Ritchie in 1980 as a rhythm section they called ‘Violent Femmes’ and were eventually joined by singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano in 1981. DeLorenzo’s father loaned the band $10,000 to record their eponymous debut album in 1982, an album that was delayed until 1983 upon signing to Slash Records.
DeLorenzo continued to record and tour with the Femmes until 1993 when he left to devote more time to acting and to recording his own music. In 2000, he teamed up with Ritchie to put together a Femmes compilation and subsequently rejoined the band until disbanding again in 2009. In March 2013, Gano, Ritchie, and DeLorenzo reformed Violent Femmes once more and played a homecoming show at the Summerfest music festival in their native Milwaukee.
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