Vinyl Hero seamlessly blend funk, jazz, and country to produce catchy alternative rock revolving around heartfelt lyrics and vintage tones. The band refused to produce cut and paste rock n’ roll and rely on the talents of Ray Howard to lead the charge as their lead vocalist and guitarist. Costa Siarlis is another founding member who drives the undeniably jazzy bass lines and subtle backing vocals. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary for the Montreal locals, in 2013 they released ‘The 13’, which was around the same time that they gained two new members, Rami Barbir on guitars and the Belgian giant Tibz on drums.
The entire band works as a tireless, well-oiled machine collaborating to write blues inspired tunes with rock sensibility. Musically, they want to pay homage to their influences, which includes Queens Of the Stone Age, Stone Temple Pilots, and even fellow Canadians Big Wreck.
Composition of each tune revolves around environmental factors that impact band members and inspires them to capture that thought as if imprinting it onto a record. Vinyl Hero almost always place the music before the lyrics and maintain that the instrumentals are the key to connecting with fans and the first lasting impression from the band’s music. They are releasing a brand new EP ‘Seven Days On A Train’ on May 6, 2016.
Costa Siarlis bass / backup vocals
Growing up in a household where there was always a power struggle over who controlled the radio station, I had no choice but to learn to appreciate and enjoy all types of music. From Prince and Cher, to ZZ Top and Ozzy, I apply those different feels and styles to my bass playing. Always trying to give a new appreciation to my bass lines and to the songs we write.
Ray Howard lead vocalist / lead guitarist
Born in St.Thomas Ontario but a Montrealer since the age of 4. Being raised by musicians, at the age of four began to play guitar until the age of 7 then returning to it at the age of 13. Influences ranging from the Stones & Beatles to GnR & Megadeth to STP, QOTSA, BIg Wreck, Alice in Chains & Soundgarden And an avid country fan of artists like Keith Urban & Chris Stapleton.
Tibz drums / percussion
Natural blond bearded European drummer.
Formal Vinyl Hero's drummer and session artist.
Studied drums with Hocine Meneri (Agostini drum school) and at the Jazz conservatory in France.
Before moving overseas, was drumming for recording sessions and playing in various bands from jazz to lumberjack rock to electro type of musics.