PromiseLab: Burned Again
From their album When The Lights Go Down
PromiseLab was born out of a shared vision between Shayne Hudson (vocals, guitar) and Larry Rohleder (drums). As roommates in an East Baltimore row house, Shayne, a singer-songwriter and blues devotee, recorded songs in the basement of their building, aka “the lab,” while Larry, more rock oriented, as well as a sucker for a good pop song, plotted the formation of his own label, which would become TbN AUDiO. “The stuff coming out of the basement was just great, even in its primitive form. I thought I’d start a label, sign Shayne, and build a band around his material,” Larry recalls. But the two found that finding the right players was a bigger challenge than making the music. “We had more difficulty than anticipated in finding people who not only shared the vision, but were without circumstances (baggage/commitment issues),” said Shayne.
Undiscouraged, the duo decided to enter Wright Way Studios with Steve Wright wearing the producer/engineer hat, to lay down the basic tracks on their own. As fate would have it, a few of the best session musicians in the area were available. They hired a guitarist and bassist to complete the sonic portrait.
With their debut ready for release, the band is now complete with the addition of Jon Adams (bass, backing vocals) and Jeff Klinetob (lead guitar, backing vocals). “We couldn’t be happier”, says Rohleder, “Both guys can play and sing, but more importantly, are committed to making this thing happen.”