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The Old Sweethearts
-In Regards to Your Affairs-
By Bob Silvestri

Since the time I first saw The Old Sweethearts (Roger Bryan- vocals/guitar, Mark Nosowicz-keyboards, Erik (Spicoli) Roesser-guitars and Jeff Pietraczek-drums) in March of  last year till the present, just about anyone I talked to about music I had to rave about the band. Arguably, they have become through some incredible performances (Artvoice Street Festival, opening for Blue Rodeo at Thursday At The Square, the Harvest Sum Xmas Party and numerous shows at Mohawk Place), one of if not the best in the area. Yes, they have a Wilco sound to them but as I said before The Old Sweethearts are peers not copycats of Wilco. Roger Bryan’s unassuming vocals and a boozy country wobble to the music set them apart from the pack. “Careless Love” with its opening synthesizer sound is mesmerizing. “Lay Down and Die” and “Just Another Storm” are rockers while the gentle guitar strumming of “Rocking Chair” conjures up the feeling of relaxing in one. “Love, Hate or Anything”, “Beneath Your Shoes” and “Wasted Afternoon” all strike a chord as well.  The Old Sweethearts are one of the most promising bands on the scene and their CD, In Regards to Your Affairs, one of the best releases out there. Check them out at www.theoldsweethearts.com or www.harvestsum.com

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