KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 1: The Union Line

The Union Line may be another band from surfer paradise Orange County (well, technically San Juan Capistrano and surrounding cities), but their vintage sound mixed with a heavy scoop of granola and couple-of-three swigs of bourbon is anything but typical. In less than 2 years, the five-man band has set the indie industry ablaze, managing to finish a tour with good friends The Local Natives, accepting the 2008 OC Music Awards title, “Best Live Band,” and landing a record deal with Black Seal in early October.

The old west meets 60’s soul sound was born on a Friday night at California recording studio, Stage One. In the midst of their spontaneous jamming, Richard “Dickie” Theisen (lead singer), Adam Sabolick (bassist) and Tony Tancredi (drummer) created the howling “Catapult.” Before long, Johnny Wilson (keyboardist) and Adam’s fraternal twin and younger brother by 37 minutes, Jordan Sabolick (guitarist), joined, writing songs “A Boy And His Harp” and “Rich Man’s Tune” before playing their first show at The Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest, CA, in February 2008.

Although a young band, these boys are neither shy nor inexperienced when it comes to making good ‘ol fashion music. All five members played or are still rockin’ in a “church circuit,” which Adam says is a healthy way he learned to play with people. The Sabolick brothers also jammed in a band called Space Pilot, which Tancredi managed. Looks like their lifelong practice paid off as there’s rumors of a sophmore release, hopefully with more unified catchy chants, images of railroad life and the same dusty old soul vibe. Check out their Myspace for upcoming shows.

photos by Ryan Muir
Live at The Cutting Room Studios NYC

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  1. Shay
    Posted September 22, 2013 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Where is this band now? Are they still together at all? THEY WERE INCREDIBLE!!!

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