A pair of musicians; Derek Holcomb and Tom Dans first teamed up almost 30 years ago to write and record songs, they’ve been playing the New Haven scene for the past 25 years.
Married duo the Sawtelles are a balance of four elements, alternate-tuned guitar, various drum kit configurations, and two voices. They consist of Peter Riccio on guitar and vocals and Julie Riccio on drums. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t. Their strict DIY philosophy aligns them more with the hand-painted Sun Ra LP’s of 1950’s and 60’s than it does with those striving for mainstream commercial success.
Hard hitting bass and drum duo, putting out punky, aggresive sounds.