Rinaldi Sings — Biography
Rinaldi Sings is the new group fronted by singer and songwriter Steve Rinaldi. A big band with a big sound, they play uptempo moddish pop that nods to the band’s northern soul and Sixties influences!
Formerly a member of cult indie mod band The Moment, Steve Rinaldi went on eight European tours with the group, and featured on all of their recordings from ‘Poor Mr Diamond’ onwards, playing the driving brass riff that powers ‘Ready To Fall’, the band’s final single. After The Moment split up, Steve Rinaldi continued to work with The Moment’s guitarist Adrian Holder in a succession of bands, eventually writing 50 per cent of the material and briefly taking over as the band’s vocalist before leaving to focus on Rinaldi Sings, his first solo project.
Going into the studio with former Moment producer Ian Shaw (his credits also include Edward Ball, Mood Six, Kelly’s Heels, Kevin Rowland and Nick Heyward), Steve was determined to record an album that recreated that magical orchestrated sounds of late Sixties bubblegum soul made by such artists as the Love Affair and The Foundations. Bringing his classical training to bear on the album, Steve scored his songs for the orchestra of guest musicians who appeared on the session. He was assisted by Paul Bevoir of The Jetset, who brought a wealth of recording experience to the project, and contributed lyrics to the verses of three of Steve’s songs: ‘This Time Tomorrow’, ‘Romeo And Juliet’ and ‘Julie Barber’.
After 18 months recording the album, Steve Rinaldi spent the following year putting together a live band, who have been steadily building up a following around the indie clubs of Great Britain, headlining venues as diverse as Moles in Bath and The Cavern in Liverpool. After one gig at the 100 Club in London, the NME went as far as describing Steve as “a cocksure 21st century Scott Walker”.
The first Rinaldi Sings single was released on May 10, 2004. A cover version of Tony Christie’s ‘Avenues And Alleyways’, theme tune to Seventies cult TV show ‘The Protectors’, the single was one of DJ Gary Crowley’s Choice Cuts Of The Week on BBC Radio London, while the flipside track ‘Lucky Day’ appeared at No.10 in the Playlist in MOJO magazine. Steve promoted the single with a series of interviews and acoustic sessions on local radio stations around the country, while a suitably ‘gangster’ video was made, directed by cult recording artist and former Creation Records lynchpin Edward Ball.
Released on February 21, 2005, the debut album was titled ‘What’s It All About?’, a nod to the Michael Caine influences that dominated the recording sessions. Famed music journalist and author Paolo Hewitt described the album as “melodic and beautifully constructed – compulsive stuff”, while Record Collector believed it to be “an adventurous debut album”. Thanks to one American music journalist who got an advance copy of the album, ‘What’s It All About?’ also featured in the Best Albums Of 2004 category in the Village Voice newspaper's famous annual rock critics poll – despite not actually being released until 2005.
The album was followed on March 14, 2005, by the release of the second single, a re–recorded version of album track ‘Come Fly With Me’. The band played live regularly around the country to promote the releases.
A multi-instrumentalist, Steve Rinaldi has also worked as a session trombonist and has played trombone on The Jetset’s ‘Five’ album, appeared with Squire at The Forum, and – most unbelievably – toured Japan as a member of The Glenn Miller Orchestra! He also played trombone and sang on the recording of the Mod Aid 20 charity record ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’, alongside such luminaries as Ron Wood, PP Arnold, Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock, Reg Presley and Chris Farlowe. He also currently makes occasional guest appearances with The Affair.