"Tears On My Pillow" (live)
The Pharohs "Tears On My Pillow" (live)
There have been many varied attempts at reviving Vintage in the last 40 years. Trace them back, and you find that many of these attempts at reviving Vintage have their roots in the 1973 George Lucas film American Graffiti. Our salute to American Graffiti comes via The Pharohs, the only rock and roll group on This is Vintage Now.
The Pharohs wear their American Graffiti influence on their sleeve. This Denver, Colorado-based group takes their name from the leather jacketed gang in the movie, and performs songs in the general vein of the American Graffiti soundtrack. The Pharohs’ gang leader is Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano player and two-fisted bad boy Ray Evridge. Evridge is a confident and powerful frontman, and is also every bit the bad boy in real life that he plays on stage, complete with the police record. Like any gang, The Pharohs is the sum of its parts, with the equally intimidating-looking Charles Perez soaring on guitar and backing vocals as the bedrock-like punch of metal drummer J.J. Jackson powers the music forward.
The band retrofits a hard rock intensity into their 1950’s sound in the same way a mechanic would install newer parts under the hood of an older car to “soup it up”—it looks and feels the same, just has more power. You can hear this aesthetic in their live recording of the classic Little Anthony and the Imperials song “Tears On My Pillow”.
The Pharohs plan to lay down tracks for an EP soon, but intend to leave “Tears On My Pillow” otherwise unrecorded.