Familiar Looking Strangers
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 8:00 PM CST
Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
21 years and over
The Familiar Looking Strangers are touring the U.S. through mid-December 2013.
The Familiar Looking Strangers are: Vinny McPoland (vocals and guitar), Paul Baker (guitar), Carlos Lopez (guitar), John Goldby (bass) and Ben Gorry (drums).
The Familiar Looking Strangers have joined together to create a rootsy rock n’ roll band of raw power, feel and moving melody.
Familiar Looking Strangers….a snapshot.
The Strangers are led by vocalist Vinny McPoland, a Liverpool native who crossed an ocean with the band to pursue the dream of music. As the designated point person for the Strangers, his soulful voice combined with storytelling takes the listener on a journey through love,hate and heartbreak. He commands the stage with the support of four other strangers, who give the band the rock 'n' roll edge.
Guitarist Paul Baker has the look and feel of an English rocker, coiled like a rattlesnake at the working end of a guitar. Inked, slicked, and wiry, he rides his motorcycle too fast when he’s not working as a painter. He took a Corvette out last summer in the US without any experience driving on the ‘right’ side of the road but lived to tell the tale. With a penchant for Clint Eastwood movies and songs from the Allman Brothers, his dream is making music his only job. Paul’s a Hoegarden-drinking, Indian curry-eating throwback whose guilty pleasure is watching certain dance competitions on the telly. He’s the yin to Vinnie’s yang. Together, they write the majority of tunes for the Strangers.
Drummer Ben Gorry is the wild child in the bunch. On the surface he’s a chef with a discerning palate who has a weakness for women and drums. As with any drummer, if he’d written Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, all would be good in the world. Either that---or having his little girl see him play as a headliner at a major festival. He’s got his soft side—that’s for sure—we’re just afraid he’ll show it to us after a couple pints.
Carlos Lopez is a beer-brewing, aerospace engineer from Madrid. Now residing in Liverpool, he met the other Strangers after a long and gruelling drive from Spain's capital. He arrived at Folkestone, southern England and by a simple twist of fate decided Liverpool was the place to be. He would soon grace his presence in a backstreet rehearsal room above a carpet shop with a Gretsch guitar and a penny for a pick; the rest is history. He’s a quiet thinker who can’t quite figure out why there are eight different kinds of onion rings on American menus.
We think bassist Jon Golby looks like a young Kirk Douglas. He laughs when we say that, but he’s also the guy we figure could hold his own in a scrape—call it a hunch, but some of the tales of the Liverpool streets sound like they could have been written by Jon. Often mistaken for an Australian, his beer is All-American Pabst Blue Ribbon which fits right into his love of the American Hotrod show. He also revved the Corvette in the summer of ’12 and did a nice job smoking the tires.