Din was formed in early 2000 as a trio and included Glenn Steadman (Urban Squirrel) on guitar, John Gulizia (Moving Targets; The Feel) on drums, and Carlene Barous on bass. Glenn, John and Carlene recorded their debut album, Oleo, at New Alliance Studios in Boston in 2001 with producer Eric Brosius (Tribe). In 2002 Din acquired rock guitarist Bart LoPiccolo (Scatterfield) and in 2003 went into the studio again to record their second album The High End, a 7-song EP produced by Dave Minehan. This album showcased Din's evolving style which departed from it's much loved rip-your-head-off punk pop, and introduced a rock pop feel driven by keyboards, crunchy guitars, and a focus on Carlene and Glenn vocal leads and harmonies. In June 2004, Din added new drummer Bob Palumbo (Four on the Floor, The Still). Bob enabled Din's two primary songwriters, Glenn and Carlene, to prepare and deliver brand new material to live audiences, drawing on both the Oleo and The High End styles. Din's live performances are schizophrenically appealing - listeners hear the eclectic product of punk, rock, and pop colliding. Glenn's songwriting evokes X and Iggy Pop with his simple straight catchy alt rock. Carlene's songwriting is more swirly AM radio, motown meets a nor'easter, Sheryl Crow joins Lush. Bart's nascent songwriting career so far had produced classic rawk vibrations. And you're not in Bad Company (Bart's muse), because he provided two major tracks to Din's latest effort Longhair Music, released on December 17, 2005. Longhair Music is a full length LP featuring 10 diverse but beautifully, dinfully coordinated songs. The first track, Fly On The Wall, penned by Bart with lyrics by Glenn, is also featured on the RedOctane/Harmonix PlayStation2 video game called Guitar Hero. Longhair Music was also produced by David Minehan who managed to elicit performances from Din that truly represent this unique unit. Various styles of music connect somehow a la Fleetwood Mac in a compact rush of a CD. Worth the mania.
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