Sep 22

Great South Bay Seafest

Sat at 12pm · Bay Shore Marina · Bay Shore, NY

Oct 14

Deer Park Festival

Sun 10am to 4pm · Deer Park, NY

Nov 17

Live at the Bitter End

Sat at 8pm · The Bitter End · New York, NY

The Dirty Vice Band is a high-energy collective of musicians from the salty south shore of Long Island. Each member of the band brings a wide variety of influences, producing a unique original sound ranging from rock to funk to soul and mixing in pop hooks and improvisational jamming. While many of the members played music together growing up, the band really began in the winter of 2013 in an unheated garage (as many bands do) -- this one adjacent to guitarist Barry Pittman's wood-working shop. Pittman, drummer Pete Rettaliata, bassist Jim Phelan, and keyboardist Mike Phelan held spontaneous jam sessions that became more and more regular. While they were open and welcoming to anybody showing up to play, the band began to take form when rhythm guitarist Jamie Hoyler and lead singer Rayzor Lazor joined the jams. Under the same desire to write original songs and play unique takes on b-side covers, the band began to rehearse more regularly. Their first show came in late May of 2014, at local bar Declan Quinn's, under the name of The Dirty Vice Band. The name and the lineup stuck, and the group enjoyed a successful summer perfecting their live show at local bars and clubs. Percussionist Doug Meehan joined in July, and the band grew to seven core members, sometimes expanding to 10 or 11 with the addition of vocalist, Liz Bannon, and a horn section.

Its difficult to put a category on their music, and the band takes pride in this liquid identity, allowing itself to mold and morph around the inspiration of each of the musicians. There may not be a fixed genre, but there is certainly an identifiable sound that is The Dirty Vice Band.