A&L’s 7th single Tell Me When it’s Over bridges the gap between today’s Pop and Rock genres. With a melody that will make you sing, killer guitar riffs and a bass line that will make you dance. We need more guitar on “mainstream radio” says Anthony Casuccio, the “A” in A&L.
The past 3 years have included various live shows, radio interviews and features in leading music publications. Their songs have been in rotation on over 150 radio stations both terrestrial and internet based in over 70 countries. Their videos have been featured on top video sites. They have released six singles over the past three years and an EP with an additional song. Their single Cliché released in the summer of 2016, peaked at #9 on the Euro Indie Music Top 200, was on the countdown for over 3 months and made the top 100 songs of 2016. The winter release Singing My Life Away peaked at #3 after 31 weeks on that chart and was landed at #38 of the top 100 indie songs for 2017 in the UK. A&L’s other songs have also charted on that countdown as well as in other countries.
A&L is made up of two seasoned industry professionals: Anthony Casuccio and Lana Marie. Anthony is a 20 year music veteran whose production work has been nominated for three Grammy awards, been featured in major music publications and topped the music charts. Anthony’s received RIAA certified gold records for his production work. Lana is an award winning vocalist who has been a long-time force on the NY music scene and voice to many jingles on radio and television. Although both have worked in the music business, neither has released original music before creating A&L after they worked together on a few jingles Casuccio was producing. Adding to the success of A&L is Rich Smith who has been behind the drum kit since A&L’s 3rd release and Matt Sunick whose bass playing gives A&L that movement that they have been striving for. With a formitable rhythm section in place, A&L has up their stakes with their live shows and recordings.
A&L’s new single Tell Me When it’s Over
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Interview by Tim Brown
1-When and why did you start playing?
Like everyone else, we did it for the girls. Ok, seriously I think we all have that passion for music that you cannot control. When music calls you, you must respond, how big of a response is the question. We all have made music an important part of our lives.
2-Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I think if we went to a party and Pink and Dave Grohl where in attendance we probably lose it. Of course, the standard John Lennon answer would also suffice.
3-Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
A&L’s influences cross a wide spectrum. From The Beatles and Rush to Heart, Foo Fighters and Luke Bryan. You can hear those influences in our music. We also tend to gravitate to strong harmonies. They play a big part of our sound.
5-Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?
We have not been in any competitions. But we have been releasing music for 3 years and have topped several charts in the U.K. and other countries. A few of our videos also topped some video music channels too.
6-Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
Yes, we have been working on our live show and are starting to pursue more gigs. We have honed our live sound and we are all gelling musically, so we look forward to future live opportunities. We have done live radio. That was fun, pure music.
7-What makes this kind of music “good” to you?
I think the fact that we are pulling from various shared influence, we all enjoy playing A&L songs. These songs are written by Anthony, whose musical interests cast a wide net and gives everyone room for interpretation and addition.
9-Let’s Talk about your music and your last work…
We are excited for this new single Tell Me When It’s Over. We feel that it bridges the gap between radio Top 40 and guitar-based Pop/Rock that has taken a backseat that past few years.
10-How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
That is a tough question. The internet was supposed to level the playing field for the independent musicians. It has, but now you are just a needle in a haystack. You need money and traditional musical practices to rise above the noise and promote your work. So, it is still very difficult to gain traction with fans.
11-What are A&L’s plans for the future?
We are working on a ballad. It has a very positive message of acceptance, so we are looking to partner with an organization to help spread a positive message through the release of the single.