Hammond's TitusRodes Band is the result of alchemy: acclaimed, veteran musicians merging with, and inspired by, talented young perfectionists. The effect is tight, high energy, melodic pop that has been keeping listeners on their feet during live shows, and has caused a buzz with the release of their latest CD, Reasons to Conquer the World.
A well-oiled pop machine, this group is a cornucopia of races, genres, generations and inspiration. Fernando Rodriguez, the band's leader, singer/songwriter and co-founder, also does time in doo-wop vocal group Harbor Lights. His sister Georgie, appearing on new single "Don't Mess With My Heart," lends her writing ability and silky vocals to the mix. Veteran percussionists and co-founders George Buck and Kiki Ventura have years of successful musicianship between them, most recently with Visions of Santana, who recently opened for venerable rock stars Los Lonely Boys. Bassist Sam Evens (ex-Greenstone), Jake Egli, and keyboardist Geoff Watkins (of Timepeace) all also add their talents to the project. When firing on all cylinders, the TitusRodes Band shows why they deserve major radio play, and a national audience.
The iconic finger-snaps and piano that opens "True to Your Heart" leads to inspirational lyrics and an emotional pay-off; Club jams like "Cool Down" and "Her Name Is Love" beg for being blasted with the windows down on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive; "Finally Free" speaks true to those seeking a new life. The chorus blares with abandon and the maturity of knowing one can do what they feel to be happy. The band has made an impression on area pop radio, performed festivals, and as one blogger put it, is putting it's unique mix of "21st century Motown" on the map.