Artist of the day: 20 Shades
Singer James Pergolatti used to be the singer of Down Jr., a crunchy hair-metal throwback whose tunes were full of lighter-waving, guitar-face solos that screamed '89 (in a good way).
Today he's leading a new Tampa group called 20 Shades, which owes much to the glammed-out grunge of Stone Temple Pilots and spooky moodiness of Alice in Chains. But it still goes down well with the classic rock crowd -- the band opened for W.A.S.P. in March at the State Theatre.
The band -- Pergolatti, vocals and guitar; Zak Michaels, guitar; Billy Andrews, bass; and Regan Scott Knight, drums -- is working on a 20 Shades EP called Birth, tentatively slated for an August release. Two songs -- the contemplative ballad Faith and the crunchy, catchy new single Animal -- are available on iTunes and Amazon. Click here to listen to them.
On Saturday, 20 Shades performs with Lillian Axe, Julliet and Autumn's Pain at Bourbon Street in New Port Richey. Tickets are $10-$15. Click here for details.