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The Corduroys

By Tiffany Razzano

The Corduroys, an alt-country band from Suffolk County, have barely been together for a year and they're already set to release their first full-length album, Transmission. The group certainly has been busy, as this follows a five-song EP of the same name released last fall.

The group first came together last summer when guitarist and vocalist Aaron Palmadassa and bassist Dave Rodriguez, lifelong friends who had played together in a band called Portly Wilson, decided to put out a classified ad seeking out like-minded musicians. That's how they met Ben Kumpf, a guitarist from Buffalo who now lives in Hoboken, making the long trek out for shows, band practices and recording sessions, and Dan Ouimet, a drummer from Boston.

They played their first show together on July 31 last year. Since then, they've become a staple on the local folk-rock scene and have played a number of shows on Long Island as well as at high-profile venues such as Arlene's Grocery and the Knitting Factory in New York City.

The band built their own recording studio, from top to bottom, making their first foray into the studio for the full-length in May. Palmadassa said the album will be a mix of different genres of music, including rock, country and bluegrass, with each band member bringing in a different influence.

The Corduroys initially set a release date of June 9, with a CD release party scheduled at the University Café in Stony Brook. This didn't give them very much time to work with and the schedule turned out to be a bit over ambitious. The new CD release party is schedule for July 21, also at the University Café, with their good friends Miles to Dayton opening for them.

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