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Tan Vampires

CITY: New Hampshire

CITY: Dover
SONGS THAT GOT US: "The Season Has Come (Live)", "Threads (Live)"
MYSPACE ADDRESS: myspace.com/tanvampires

WHY THEM? We've had our eye on Jake Merhmann's humble solo outings for a few years, but only recently has he picked up the pace with a full band and more than a handful of live dates. Tan Vampires (no relation to the Ivy League Afro-poseurs of similar appetite) flesh out Merhmann's shrugging emotional skeleton with seasick drums and underwater electric-piano flourishes that give that wavering vibrato of his some well-worn Muscle Shoals tread to roll with. They're finishing up their first full-band record as we speak, but there's no equal to a brooding night out with some lonely well drinks and this band up there onstage, takin' it easy for all us sinners.

BONUS BIT! The whole project stems from a one-off collection self-recorded by Mehrmann for the annual RPM Challenge in 2007.