The Singles has been centered around songwriter/guitarist Vincent Frederick who through numerous incarnations of the band has continued to write strongly melodic pop rock n’ roll songs. In the latest, he joins forces with drummer Nicky Veltman, formerly of the garage rock girl group Gore Gore Girls. Together their sound exhibits a prismatic spectrum of 60s-influenced powerpop, garage rock, and girl group sounds with a touch of modern alternative. The group’s multitude of influences bear traces of the British Invasion, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, T Rex, Gram Parsons and The Strokes.
Both originally from Detroit, Vince and Nicky knew each other via the vivacious Detroit music scene, of which The White Stripes, Von Bondies, The Sights, and Dirtbombs were all a part of. It was there that Nicky played drums with Gore Gore Girls while Vince lead a powerpop quartet version of The Singles to put out two acclaimed albums: “Better Than Before” (Rainbow Quartz) and then “Start Again” (Sound Artifacts Music), along with numerous singles. After an aborted attempt at a third album, the guitarist headed to the west coast. This is where he met up with Veltman and decided to give The Singles a fresh start.
Now based in LA, The Singles continue to be prolific, writing new music and performing live all the time. The self-released 7” featuring “(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone” backed with “I’m Not Waiting Anymore” (May 2013) is their latest work. And music videos for both tracks have garnered over 17,000 and 7,000 views online. The band is currently at work on a full-length record with the help of producer Rick Parker who produced albums for Lord Huron, Von Bondies, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and countless others. The album is slated for a January 2014 release and the band plans to tour the West Coast and Europe in support of the release.