Jeff Champlin and Valerie Taylor began playing together in the year of 1998. Coming from completely different backgrounds, they struggled to find a style that would fit them both individually and as a group. This meant that all initial attempts to play together cohesively were like a weird prog-rock mix of blues and classical music. But what is creativity if not discovering new things and broadening your horizons? No matter how many times their stylistic views clashed, they kept coming back for more. Jeff and Val found that if they opened up to the other's interests, they could not only learn from each other, but they could create something new. And oftentimes the best ideas are derived from initially tense situations. People say you don't appreciate a thing until you have fought for it, and in this case, Jeff and Val learned to truly appreciate the music they were making through an intense, yet ultimately rewarding, battle of wills. Who would have thought Pittsburgh could produce anything worthwhile except for the Steelers? Just kidding. Rich Kaylor came into the loft (Blue Ribbon Studios) in November of 2000 with towels wrapped around his drums in place of drum cases and a beat-up CD of his old band. Within minutes both Jeff and Val knew they had found someone special; there was an instant musical connection. When he left that day, they turned to each other and said, 'That's our drummer.' In addition to his background in rock, punk, and metal, Rich brought a decidedly urban, old skool hip-hop sound into the mix. This led to the beginning of the band's new sound - NeoRetro. The Album 'Late Arrival' was recorded at Blue Ribbon Studios in August of 2003 and subsequently released in June of 2004. The recording features the original line-up and Warren Kaye on bass guitar.
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