Alternativas15. Kurt Baker + Los Platillos Volantes
Kurt Baker is a singer, songwriter and rock n’ roll performer from Portland, Maine who has always gone by the famous saying “Have a Good Time All the Time”. He has released several solo projects with his Power Pop group The Kurt Baker Band, which plays punk rock music inspired by pop music of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Baker was the founding member, bass player, singer, & songwriter of the notable pop/punk outfit The Leftovers, which formed in 2002 and released several records on Rally Records, Insubordination Records and Oglio Records. The group toured extensively and played London, England's celebrated Roundhouse Theater before disbanding in 2010.
Baker’s blend of Beach Boys and Beatles-styled melodies has earned him the praise of Larry Livermore (founder of Lookout Records), Ben Weasel (Screeching Weasel) and Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup). After the release of The Leftovers' last album, 2009's Eager to Please on Oglio Records, which featured guests ranging from Brett Anderson (The Donnas) to Coz Canler (The Romantics), and an extensive tour of the US and Europe, Baker decided to focus on going solo.
Baker’s debut solo EP Got It Covered was released on Oglio Records. Produced by Los Angeles based pop producer, Linus of Hollywood, Got It Covered features Baker’s take on some of his favorite Power Pop songs of the 70’s and 80’s and features guests Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo) and Adam Marcello (Katy Perry). Baker also has worked with Tommy Dunbar (the Rubinoos), Kim Shattuck (the Muffs), and Parry Gripp (Nerf Herder).
Baker's second solo effort and first post-Leftovers record to feature new original songs, Rockin’ For A Living, was released in October 2011 and was named the Number #1 (Power Pop) record of the year by writers (David Bash) founder of the (International Pop Overthrow) festival and music critic/autho. Said Borack, who ranked Baker's record far above that of long-time influence Nick Lowe, "Baker and his band barrel their way through a deliriously catchy group of stellar original tunes (“Just Forget About It” and “Don’t Steal My Heart Away” in particular deserve induction in that mythical Power Pop Hall of Fame) that owe big ‘ol debts to early Elvis Costello and the aforementioned Rubinoos. Hooks, energy and panache to spare – what’s not to love?"
The (Kurt Baker Band) toured across Europe playing sold out shows in Spain and Italy in support of Rockin' For A Living and enlisted Adam Cargin who drummed on albums by (Screeching Weasel) and (the Riverdales).
In 2012, Baker released the EP titled Want You Around on (Jolly Ronnie Records). It featured guest appearances by (Dan Vapid) and (Rev. Nørb). Following the release of Want You Around, and tours of the Midwest and East Coast (supporting acts such as (Tommy Stinson) and (The Offspring), Kurt and the gang prepared to release the follow up to Rockin’ for a Living, an ambitious 10-song LP titled Brand New Beat. It was recorded and produced by Wyatt Funderburk, and was released on Geoff Palmer (The Connection) and Kurt’s new independent label (Collector’s Club Records) on Oct. 30th 2012.
Steven Van Zandt, founder of the Sirius XM radio station "Little Steven's Underground Garage" and original member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band selected two songs from Brand New Beat -- "She Can Do It All" and "Weekend Girls" -- as 'The Coolest Song in the World,' in 2013. Also in that year, Baker and his bandmate Palmer self-released the 45 vinyl single "Girl's Got Money", which quickly sold out. "Don't Go Falling In Love" also was heard on the popular Spanish Television Program La Voz. On March 2, 2014, Van Zandt, also known as the character Silvio Dante from The Sopranos, named The New Trocaderos' song "The Kids" the Coolest Song in the World. On it, Baker sings lead and background vocals and plays bass and electric rhythm guitar. Brad Marino and Geoff Palmer, long-time friends and the founding members of New England rockers The Connection, fill out The New Trocaderos' lineup.
In addition to his band-based activities, Kurt Baker is a disc jockey of vinyl records, specializing in musical genres Garage rock, New Wave, Power Pop and Northern Soul.
He also occasionally writes about music, contributing to Amp Magazine, New Noise Magazine and One Way Ticket Fanzine.