— NORTHUMBERLAND — The Badlees will perform at Front Street Station on Nov. 30. Originally from Selinsgrove, The Badlees have established the tradition of playing the Front Street Station every Thanksgiving weekend for their annual “Homecoming Show.”
This year’s performance falls in the middle of the band’s tour promoting the release of their first double album of their career. “Epiphones and Empty Rooms” is a two-disc set featuring 21 tracks of new material. Pete Palladino, lead singer, covers the vocals on all of disc one while Bret Alexander, guitarist and songwriter, covers the vocals on all of disc two. “This album really showcases the different styles of what Bret and I do, vocally, but yet works together in the context of The Badlees,” said Palladino.
Why a double album? “I wrote about 75 songs for this album and typically, on past albums, we cut it down to about 15 to record. On this one, when we got it down to 25, the band felt that the material deserved to see the light of day. So we decided to do two albums. That’s the beauty of being an independent artist. We have the freedom to do what we want. The songs naturally fell into two piles, one that worked with what Pete does and the other, worked more for me and what I do,” Alexander said.
“We’re excited to head home to Central Pennsylvania and play the record for everyone,” added Palladino, referring to the fact that the band will be performing several new songs at the Nov. 30 performance at Front Street.
This past year has been a busy one for the band — they toured with Bob Seger in the spring and then launched their new album tour with a packed house at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. The band will announce their 2014 tour next month.