Philadelphia singer/songwriter Tony Mecca serves wisdom from deep in the inner city via a delicious storytelling based blueprint that inventively incorporates elements of Pop, Blues, Folk and plain old Rock 'n Roll. His stories fuse equal amounts of humor and sympathy to thoughtfully examine life experiences, personalities and real people dealing with ordinary and sometimes surreal circumstances. But plodding and tedious meditation are avoided at all costs, and rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities are injected at every opportunity to keep the proceedings vibrant, fun and quite distant from the music of most other artists residing in the singer/songwriter region.
"Only the slightest breeze from the swirling storm of humor, passion, hope, and reflection that emanates from these songs will send you rushing to introduce yourself to each and every one of the sumptuously eccentric characters that laugh, cry, love and cavort on the mean streets and avenues of Mecca’s beautiful urban American landscape."
Through live performances with his Heavy MeNtal Gypsys, and his steadily growing recorded output - Purple Monkeys (2003) / Princes of the New Dark Age (2005) / Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between (2007) / Fun (2011) – Mecca has developed a loyal following in and around his home town that is gradually beginning to infiltrate other regions both nationally and abroad. His music has been labeled Classic Rock, Singer-Songwriter and Adult Contemporary among others. He calls it Urban American Heavy MeNtal. In reviews his songs and sound has been compared to Springsteen, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Tom Waits and Cat Stevens. In a poll of his fans he was described as: “The bastard son of Huey Lewis and Joni Mitchell” – “The Who fronted by John Prine” – “The Working Man’s Wagner”.
As anyone more than a little familiar with Tony Mecca’s music will tell you, his infectious raspy voice and hook laden melodies may initially confiscate most of your attention, but it is his sage commentary on the beauty and failings of the "human drill" that will eventually permeate your head, heart and soul.