(photo: Sam Yang)
Her Kind of Man is Tino Drima’s first full-length album, with its eight tracks showcasing the band’s distinct sound — enough big band to notice and just enough punk to make a point.
“It’s like I’m the guy who’s out there in a suit smiling, but who’s actually manic inside, battling demons,” singer Gregory DiMartino has said. He’s described the band’s music as familiar doo-wop infused with an air of darkness and mystery through lyrics and vocals, citing Roy Orbison and Elvis as influences. The sextet delivers on singles like “Bummer” — elaborate arrangements and DiMartino’s drawling vocals unite polarizing styles to somehow achieve the bitter angst of doo-wop.
The debut LP was mixed by multi-instrumentalist and producer Dave Vandervelde who has toured as part of Father John Misty’s live band and performs as part of the duo Tess & Dave, which is also on the Sacramento label, Friendship Fever.
Tino Drima will kick off its upcoming tour with a show at the New Parish in Oakland on September 1, 2017, followed by a wedding-themed record release party at the Verdi Club in San Francisco on September 22.
The band originally formed as a duo with DiMartino and drummer Rob Mills, who played together in O. Now it has six members including musicians from local acts the French Cassettes and Spooky Mansion. The groups’s first EP was Smoking out July 2016.