Written by Stephen Levine, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00
For Garden City native John Warren, the dream is to be on tour all the time doing what he loves. The vocalist and guitarist of Tin Can Collective is moving one step closer to his dream when he and his band members will open for Matt Pond at Revolution Bar and Music Hall in Amityville on Aug. 9.
Joining 23-year-old vocalist/guitarist John Warren in this coed quartet is his 27-year-old sibling Jessica Warren (vocals, guitar); 23-year-old bassist Kenny Russo and 25-year-old drummer Katelyn Triolo.
“Although there were members who came in and out of the band these four members just clicked,” said Jessica, “The music means a lot to us and its so fun even playing in a sweaty basement to 10 people because of the sense of community. It’s about people coming together trying to do the same thing, make art and just get out there and share with the world, whatever medium it may be.”
Although the band would be happy playing in basements, they have played all over the island, according to the band’s frontman. In the past, Tin Can Collective has played a number of local venues including Mr.Beery’s in Bethpage, Twisted Shamrock in Babylon and the upcoming Revolution Bar gig.
Recently, these up and comers have been playing new songs like “We Still Got All Summer”, “When You Move Away” and “No Future.”
All of the lyrics are co-written by the band’s siblings while the remaining two members help shape the songs’ sound.
“[Our music is ] all about our daily struggle,” says John. “The push and pull of trying to grow up and be a musician.”
The indie folk-rockers’ daily trials and tribulations seem to be finally paying off. After getting inspiration from Bomb the Music Industry!, which John recalled being the first band that gave away their music for free, he realized that anyone could do it, as long as they worked hard at it.
“I feel the band’s future is promising if we just continue to do what we’ve been doing,” says Triolo. “We’re getting more exposure and more and more people are getting into our band and offering us opportunities to play.”
Tin Can Collective’s rising status was further legitimized a few months ago when they were approached to have some of their music be part of a soundtrack for an indie film called The Back Seat.
Unbeknownst to John, his group’s music was on filmmaker Ryan O’Leary’s radar after he came across the band’s work on Facebook. Warren learned about this happy coincidence after meeting O’Leary’s cousin at a club. Before long, the band was recording the score for the movie.
The dream for John and his bandmates seems to be coming true as they warm up for their fall tour by opening for an act that has shared bills with Jimmy Eat World, Liz Phair, Keane and Nickel Creek.
“Honestly, I’m happy to go on tour all the time and just make enough money to live,” said John. “The rest is just gravy.”
For more updates on The Tin Can Collective please visit www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tin-Can-Collective, their website, johnwarrentincancollective.bandcamp.com or their music video for “We Still Got All Summer,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFkFA8QXJiI.