The Letter Yellow began in Brooklyn, NY, in the winter of 2011 when Randy Bergida started writing songs at a furious rate. Just over a year later, in September 2012, he releases the band's debut album "Walking Down the Streets." The 12-track record is a perfect pace of blues and rock—all with a modern kick, a strong beat, and lyrics that are both offbeat and universal. The Letter Yellow is all about real musicians playing together in a real space making real music.
A guitarist and vocalist, Randy founded The Letter Yellow after years with Skidmore Fountain, and as a solo singer/songwriter. For "Walking Down the Streets," he teams up with talented friends Mike Thies on drums and Abe Pollack on bass, for a Brooklyn made album. It was recorded at The Creamery, mixed at Studio G and mastered by Total Sonic, which are all in everyone's shared neighborhood, Greenpoint.
May 8th 2013
Rockwood Music Hall (Randy Solo)
New York, NY
March 21st 2013
The Rock Shop
February 22nd 2013
New York, NY
December 23rd 2012
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
New York, NY
October 19th 2012
(9pm CMJ Showcase)
October 18th 2012
The Velvet Lounge
October 4th 2012
The Bowery Electric
New York, NY
September 9th 2012
w/Live Footage and Little Anchor
November 12th 2012
Live on air performance 1pm!
Jersey City, NJ
by: Tomonori Tsujita
by: Yuri Miyamoto
by: Yuri Miyamoto
"Walking Down The Streets"
Available September 9th 2012
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by Tori kerr
That’s What I Call A Debut
Do you recall a particular mid-September evening when you were strolling alone and, for an hour or so, you felt perfectly at ease with the world and your place in it? Contented and solitary among the streetlamps, you might have thought, “The only thing I need right now is a perfect soundtrack.” If this sounds familiar, do yourself a favor and prepare for next time with The Letter Yellow’s debut LP, Walking Down The Streets. On their first record the Brooklyn trio masterfully blends pop, blues, and rock. Vocalist and guitarist Randy Bergida’s sexy-smooth voice leads each track, rolling easily in and out of genres. Mike Thies, on drums, provides jazzy rhythms that make you want to walk in time to his hi-hat. Bassist Abe Pollack grooves just as fluidly, gliding in and out of focus. They simply play naturally together—three is their magic number. This album has something for everyone. The bluesy “I Got You” is John Mayer-worthy, complete with a juicy guitar solo to complement Begida’s enticing voice: listen as he slides in and out of falsetto as if he’s wooed Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift. Folk fans will fall in love with “Southern Bound,” a track so poignant it deserves placement on your next road trip mix. The melodic and soulful “It’s Monday And I’m Dreaming” will please listeners who need a bit of pop. Plus, the lyrics so aptly capture that universal fantasy described in the title: “The grass tickles our shy white backs / Light a fire and kick off our shoes / The laughter cupped with wine keeps us warm.” Walking Down The Streets demonstrates not only style and variety, but talent. It’s hard to believe that this is the same band that rocks out, 1950s-style, on “14 Bar Blues.” Now Bergida invokes Elvis, exercising his lower range and giving his best gruff growl. But wait, now they’ve got a smokin’ piano solo, too! The Letter Yellow took a risk with this one; it shocks and surprises but still delights. Perhaps it foreshadows the next step for the band? This album feels organic, natural—exactly the sort of honest music rock fans need in this world of synthesizers and drum machines. Treat yourself and your headphones by taking an hour to go walking down the streets.
I had a fun interview with Wobblehouse you can check out here!
by The Deli Magazine
After years of playing with Portland rockers Skidmore Fountain, guitarist and vocalist Randy Bergida broke off to form The Letter Yellow. The Brooklyn-based band started out of Bergida’s solo work, releasing the debut album “Walking Down The Streets” back in September with a full band rounded out by Mike Thies - met during his Skidmore days - and Abraham Pollack. “Walking Down The Streets” features a melodic, alt pop sound with thoughtful tinges at times reminiscent of The Smiths, and serene lyrics that detail Bergida’s life on both ends of the country, with stories of Brooklyn cafes and driving up the California coast. The band will perform at the Rock Shop on November 5.
The Deli Magazine
by Peter Amara
An all new edition of Artist Spotlight awaits! Today, we have an emerging indie band based out of Brooklyn, NY by the name of The Letter Yellow. The band consists of Randy Bergida, Mike Thies, and Abraham Pollock. The band's music has a diverse and eclectic mixture of Death Cab For Cutie with a little bit of The Pixies thrown in for good measure that offers up a little something for the diverse music listener, even some blues influences are omnipresent in their music as well. It's refreshing to hear bands branching out beyond their capabilities and are able to the task of dabbling in other genres that sometimes other upstart bands are afraid to try, or are more adept to staying within their comfort zone of music they play in which is fine, but sometimes you'll find that growth by doing the latter can be kind of stagnant at times so you'll have a greater degree of success by branching out in different areas that will make you stand out from the casual music fan. A great up and coming band that has all the keys necessary to stand and deliver to the concert going crowd. Some recommended tracks for you to have a listen at include "Out on The Streets" and "14 Bar Blues".
For more info on the band, head on over to their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/theletteryellow While you're there, click the 'Music' tab to stream their music via their BandCamp site directly from Facebook so that you don't have to open another window. The band is able to be followed on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/theletteryellow and stay up to date with what the band have going on at this very minute. Check out the band's website as well at: theletteryellow.net to stay up to date on the latest round of tour dates they have that may be coming to your area relatively soon!
Music Box Pete
The debut album from Brooklyn's The Letter Yellow. Rather than stay in one safe territory, these folks tread into several genres and styles on their first album. Some of the tracks are pop, some rock, some pensive, and some melancholy and beautiful. The band is the trio comprised of Randy Bergida (vocals, guitar, synth), Mike Thies (drums, percussion), and Abe Pollack (bass, lap steel, synth). Plenty of different moods here and the vocals can sometimes give you chills. Particularly incredible is the closing track "Southern Bound"...with a wonderful soft gliding melody that listeners won't soon forget. Other standout cuts include "Changed," "Hold Me Steady," "I Got You," and "In The Sun Making Waves."
by Loy Carlos
Had a great time chatting with Loy at Grumpy Cafe and here's what he has to say about The Letter Yellow
by Mike Levine
The Letter Yellow releases debut album + plays Glasslands show 9.9
While most of us have some romantic notions about our beloved New York City, few of us go so far as to document our accolades in lyrical odyssey. Well, looks like you missed your chance. In twelve tracks of throwback rock n' roll sentiment, The Letter Yellow has done exactly that in new record 'Walking Down the Street.' Coming across like a late night reflection with the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop, singer-songwriter Randy Bergida paints a landscape from 'Hope Street' to Harlem and back again. This is a heartfelt love letter to the greatest city in the world, from someone who's made Greenpoint his hometown (and recording studio). Join the band when The Letter Yellow hosts their album release party this Sunday at Glasslands (9.9). - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)
The Deli Magazine Review
We had an amazing show last night and we just wanted to thank everyone for all your support along the way. It was a great feeling to get on stage with my good friends Mike Thies and Abe Pollack who, along with myself, make up The Letter Yellow. After recording a record and many days, hours, months, of rehearsing, it felt so nice to let it out to the world. Thanks to Popgun and Glasslands for hosting the evening as well as Live Footage and Little Anchor for making the evening extra special.
And it brings me great joy to announce that today our album is available, so if you are up for some music for your subway ride, bike ride, drive, then pick up a copy at http://theletteryellow.bandcamp.com.
And we just announced another show on October 18th at the Velvet Lounge in Washington, DC!
I'm sure you have heard the phrase, "it seems like just yesterday". This is a bit of a different case for the record "Walking Down The Streets" which we are releasing in just a few days! I remember when I started writing the songs for this record and it certainly doesn't seem like yesterday. Although the music feels fresher than a salad from Eat, formerly Eat Records, so much has past since those days. I guess that's our lifestyle in NYC..."keep on pushin' on" (I think I owe that quote to Curtis Mayfield).
Back to the nostalgia. It was a cold cold winter in Brooklyn and the writing went through the fall until our crazy hot recording session in the dead of summer. It's one of those sessions which will certainly go down in history at the studio, The Creamery run by Quinn McCarthy. The tale will probably start something like, "it was 130 degrees fahrenheit and the curtains were melting..." (we have to exaggerate because it has to seem a bit unrealistic).
You get the idea, it was really hot. And that was an entire year ago. And here we are today and we are nearing the Sunday that we get on the stage at Glasslands Gallery, sharing the bill with Live Footage and LIttle Anchor. We are all very excited and we'll see you soon. Check out the audio section of the site...I just posted another song which seems to lie perfectly for some post labor day reflection.
If the first thing I say is the most important, then I will say this first...see Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings! On stage, she's like a shooting star exploding time after time. And The Dap-Kings, dressed in perfectly fitted vintage suits with steady composure, fills the air with motown/soul licks and rhythms forming perfect ostinato patterns, weaving perfect songs. You can feel Ms. Jones's passion, pain, strength, and excitement in just a spoken word. And she certainly does like to utter a few words (which we all love to listen to), but when she sings, you can feel it deep down in the center of your bones, in the middle of your stomach, you get tingles from head to toe. It's too bad that Williamsburg Park has to shut down at 10 because I think the band along with all the glowing fans would have more than happily stayed for not just an encore, but another set altogether!
It gives me great pleasure to announce The Letter Yellow's debut performance
and record release with good friends Live Footage and Little Anchor. And I
couldn't be more happy than to release the record in my neighboring neighborhood.
The show will be at one of my favorite venues, Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg. I love this place!
See you Sunday September 9th, 2012.
Anything could have happened.
The weather was nice and we started something.
A collection of works from close friends and members of The Letter Yellow.
All works created at Songwriter Factory in Greenpoint Brooklyn.
by: Mike Thies 2011
by: Mike Thies 2011
by: Randy Bergida 2011
by: Michele De Maria 2012
by: Randy Bergida 2011
by: Mike Thies 2012
by: Topu Lyo 2012
by: Yuri Myamoto 2012
by: Randy Bergida 2012
by: Linda Kang 2012
by: Mike Thies 2012