The Vinyl Skyway is an independent American rock band based in the Boston, MA area. A founding member of the popular alt-country band ' Lemonpeeler', Michael Hayes began collaborating with multi-instrumentalist and composer Andrew Santospago in 2003, when the two formed 'The Vinyl Skyway'. Their eponymous debut was released in 2004.
The group's style is best described as derivative to classic sixties icons the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Alex Chilton, with vintage analog sounds and Pet Sounds-influenced harmonies. Other comparisons include Teenage Fan Club, early Wilco or the Jayhawks. In addition to Hayes and Santospago, the current group includes drummer Booth Hardy, bassist Rob Pevitts, and pianist Dave Lieb. In 2007, the Vinyl Skyway released a sophomore CD entitled From Telegraph Hill which was described by the Boston Globe as "lush, summery music in the vein of the Thrills, Pernice Brothers and Lindsey-Buckingham era Fleetwood Mac."
The name Vinyl Skyway was derived from a song by Paul Westerberg (former lead singer of the Replacements) called "Skyway." Michael Hayes was raised in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota where skyways are common (connecting buildings to protect from the cold). It is also a reference to the vinyl LP.
The Vinyl Skyway perform most frequently in Cambridge, MA, though have also made appearances on the West coast in San Francisco, LA and Seattle, Chicago, and New York City. In November 2001, Hayes' first band Lemonpeeler toured the United States, performing 18 shows in three weeks at venues including Nashville's Bluebird, Chicago's Schuba's and Abbey Pub, and Minneapolis' Fine Line.
Carolines Gone...So is Mary Anne