Lime Regal was born out of an instrumental rock-fusion project in 2005 between drummer Steve Stetson, guitarist Ross Trinkaus, and bassist Brian Carney. The three met at college in East Lansing, Michigan, where their eclectic musical tastes mixed to create intricate, complicated, jazz-inspired rock music. Sweaty energetic performances lasting late into the nights were used as an outlet to play for people, but they all consciously agreed something was missing.
When the three moved to Detroit in 2006, Brian took a short leave of absence while Ross and Steve began a search for a talented vocalist that could match the style and drive of the instrumentalists. Their search ended when they met Nathan Abramson, a creative young vocalist whose melodic style and meaningful lyrical content fit perfectly with the driving riffs Ross and Steve were developing.
The group began writing brand new material, this time with a more accessible feel, at their remote practice space in a Detroit industrial park. What resulted was an effortless blend of powerful melody-driven vocals, intense guitar solos, and strong bass and drum discourse to create a unique brand of rock n' roll voyage.
"Crunching big, loud riff-y blues rock with a sort of trippy, kinda angry hippie vibe à la post-Houses Zeppelin," is how Real Detroit Weekly described Lime Regal's new sound in November of 2006. Shows in and around metro-Detroit, an engaging live show, and solid performance ability all helped to create a solid following for the group.
In March of 2007, Lime Regal found themselves in an opportune situation to record an EP. Brian had just re-joined the band, and Steve had been working at Rustbelt Studios, one of the better known rooms around the city. Like all bands just getting off their feet, this one was without much money. However, Steve's employment situation gave the guys an opportunity to record in fervent bursts whenever the studio happened to be empty. With Steve at the mixing board and the rest of the group engineering, the band wrote and refined their newest musical creations into six carefully arranged songs as an EP entitled Making Me Wonder.
By mixing traditional rock, fusion, and jazz musical styles together, Lime Regal has released a potent and attention grabbing album in Making Me Wonder. Spanning the musical spectrum from a dreamily melodic ballad, to a loud, driving, monsterous rock and roll anthem, with everything in between, Lime Regal has successfully crafted a set of songs that shows how creatively diverse they can get without losing sight of their classic rock and roll heritage.
With their fresh new sound and positive attitudes, Lime Regal is showing people that four great musicians are in fact better than just one, a message that seems to be harder to find nowadays. They are striving for a resurrection of the old days, when everyone in a band was a respected musician and individual, and when everyone in the band’s name was as well known as the lead singer’s.
Fervent word-of-mouth online promotion and a well-developed live show are helping to spread the word about Lime Regal even more. The performances this fall will be ones that everyone should make an effort to see, because as Real Detroit Weekly pointed out in May, 2007; "Best to catch them now, because Lime Regal's big rock anthems were meant to fill stadiums, just as their softer pop pieces are surely destined for Top 40 radio."
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