Based out of Atlanta, Concord America is a trio consisting of brothers John and Vinny Restivo and friend Ben Presley. Claiming influences like Black Lips, Pixies and Cage The Elephant, the group formed around their mutual love for Rock & Roll but found their unique sound in areas ranging from classic Garage and late-50’s Doo-Wop all the way to Proto Grunge, Power-Pop and the modern Surf Revival.
Early last year, Concord America took a week away to produce their debut LP, Shag Nasty, with engineer friend Trey Rosenkamppf in the basement of their home. The band tracked everything live in one room, which Ben says gave them more creative options. “We weren’t on the clock—we were having fun, drinking, trying different shit.” The LP found itself dwelling somewhere in the Beach-Punk genre but still manages to keep some of that Pixies-style Rock & Roll the Concord America boys love so much.
The Restivo brothers were a natural rhythm section from the start. “John was already drumming and put the idea in my head to play bass,” says Vinny. Until the three met at their job in a seedy pizza joint, the teen brothers were playing in the bands you might expect to find in suburban garages across America. “What really made us want to start a band with Ben,” John says, “is that we saw him get past security at a Cage the Elephant show. He jumped on stage during “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” in short shorts, suspenders, combat boots and a sailor hat and did a stage dive.” Guitarist and singer Ben Presley seemed to be just the catalyst John and Vinny needed.
Shag Nasty is a charming, lo-fi rock record that expresses the dynamic between Presley and the Restivo brothers. “The record is a little loose,” Ben says, “but that’s how it’s supposed to be heard.”