From the depths of the American indie-folk movement hails the vast and heart-warming musical journey known as The Herbert Bail Orchestra. Based in the understanding of emotion and deception, this uniquely talented group transcends the modern portrayal of performance with utmost lust for the craft. Following the release of their first, self-titled EP in 2011 comes a full length album entitled The Future’s in the Past.
At a young age, lead singer and guitarist Anthony Frattolillo spent his Friday nights helping his music teacher and mentor, Juan, complete his janitorial services. Juan was a janitor and doorman who happened to be a musical genius from Chile. In exchange for some elbow grease, Juan had more time to teach Frattolillo how to play guitar at the end of his late night shift. Years later, armed with an overwhelming sense of vigor and awe-inspiring honesty, Frattolillo and accordion player/trombonist Andrew Katz, lead a rogue ensemble whose unique and earnest narrative prods the imagination of their listeners to look deeper — even into themselves. With deep and compelling humility, Frattolillo and Katz are joined by up to seven other members of the rotating cast, revealing vast and sprawling soundscapes, etched out with violin, trumpet, trombone, banjo, keys, bass, and percussion.
Their new album, The Future’s in the Past, traverses from the cryptic shadows of “Holy Smokes” to the western infused ballad portrayed in “The Nature of Things”, landing everywhere in between. By mirroring the human condition, this all-encompassing album spans from unimaginable heights and plunges to the dimmest lows.
Attention to detail and utmost soulfulness calls awake similarities between the band and modern folk legends such as Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire and Devotchka. The Herbert Bail Orchestra has earned notable attention with features on KXLU radio, KTLA TV, Good Morning LA, AXS TV, and was recently featured in BuzzBandsLA and was Filter Magazine’s Featured Band of the Month for February 2013.
While trickery and duplicity run rampant through the chronicles of The Herbert Bail Orchestra, one thing is certain; the purpose is in the voyage.
3/16/2013 – Austin @ SXSW – Daddy Dale’s
3/21/2013 – Las Vegas @ Beauty Bar
3/25/2013 – Los Angeles @ Echoplex
4/11/2013 – Los Angeles @ Harvard & Stone