Jairo van Lunteren – vocals, guitar
Sid Green –
guitar
Jim Turner –
bass
Gregg Lightfoot –
drummer

"The Splendors are one of the freshest-sounding rock ‘n roll acts around. Singer Jairo van Lunteren, guitarist Sid Green, bass-player Jim Turner, and drummer Gregg Lightfoot instinctively blend the styles of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lou Reed, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and The Velvet Underground into a stripped-down sound that is pleasantly familiar yet distinguishably their own. Cultivating a naturally raw edge to their music, The Splendors have mastered the process of writing slightly offbeat traditional rock songs."

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  HISTORY


July 21, 2006
New drummer: Gregg Lightfoot.

July 20, 2006
Last show with Tom Gilbert on drums.

June 3, 2006
The Splendors perform at the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY as part of the Ithaca Festival. The line-up also includes Johnny Dowd and The Wowz.

May 17, 2006
The Splendors perform at the Bob Dylan Tribute at Castaways in Ithaca, NY. Special guest: Johnny Dowd. Songs played: The Lonesome Death of Hetty Carroll, Moonshiner, Only a Hobo, and Let me Die in my Footsteps.

February 12, 2006
Drummer Tom Gilbert agrees to join The Splendors as a permanent member.

February 11, 2006
Drummer Tom Gilbert joins The Splendors on stage during their now-legendary performance at the Velvet Underground Tribute at Castaways in Ithaca, NY. Songs played: Candy Says, Sweet Jane, and Rock ‘n Roll.

January 2006
Internationally renowned musician Eugene Chadbourne reviews The Splendors’ debut album on AllMusic.Com. He refers to singer Jairo van Lunteren's "nifty vocal style" and "real flair for attractive choruses". He praises The Splendors' "distinctive charm" and calls the "meaty, substantial electric guitar sound (...) a delightful feature."

December 29, 2005
The Splendors' debut album receives Jimmy Award for "Rock Album of the Year".

December 4, 2005
Drummer Brian Wilson, Johnny Dowd’s long-time musical partner, joins The Splendors as their interim drummer. The recording process for the band’s sophomore album proceeds.

December 3, 2005
Felix Teitelbaum retires as a member of The Splendors. The band will continue to appreciate his efforts for the band.

December 1, 2005
Start of the recording sessions for The Splendors’ sophomore album.

November 1, 2005
The Splendors are featured in a second Dutch Newspaper, Utrechts Nieuwsblad: "Rock from Utrecht in the USA."

October 7, 2005
The Splendors hydroplane and crash their car on their way to the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in North Carolina. No casualties.

September 13, 2005
The Splendors are featured in a Dutch newspaper, De Gelderlander: "Touring, selling records, and making money with music. That’s what singer and guitarist Jairo van Lunteren of the American band The Splendors dreams about." (Author: Hans Gulpen)

August 31, 2005
Review of The Splendors’ debut album in the Ithaca Times: "Jairo van Lunteren growls out his rough lyrics in a voice that sounds like the midpoint between Nico and Keith Richards; he's not afraid to have fun with his own material, and he's got a swagger that's equal parts enthusiastic and self-mocking. Nobody else says ‘yeah!’ quite like Jairo does." (Author: Casey Westerman)

July 23, 2005
The Splendors are this day’s closing act on the GrassRoots festival’s main stage

July 22, 2005
The Splendors perform first of two shows at the GrassRoots festival in Trumansburg, NY

July 21, 2005
The Splendors’ launch their web site, www.thesplendors.com

July 17, 2005
Release Party at Castaways in Ithaca, NY

July 14, 2005
The Splendors are featured in the Ithaca Journal: "The Splendors shine on splendid debut cd" (Author: Jim Catalano)

May 4, 2005
The Splendors are featured in the Ithaca Times: "Combining a rock 'n' roll backbone with classic punk sensibilities, The Splendors is making some of the most honest, engaging music in town." (Author: Mike Levy)

May 2005:
The Splendors’ debut album is ready to hit the shelves and goes out to the various local media

April 23 2005:
The Splendors perform at GrassRoots festival in Shakori Hills, NC

April 2005:
Recording and mixing of the record is done.

November 2004:
First recording sessions with producer Bill Reynolds (Donna the Buffalo, The Blue Rags) at The Shack in Mecklenburg, NY

July 2004:
The Splendors perform at the GrassRoots festival in Trumansburg, NY

May 2004:
The Splendors perform at Pete’s Candystore in New York City

January – February 2004:
The Splendors record six songs with producer Johnny Dowd at their shared studio in Ithaca, New York. Engineer: Dave Hinkle. Dowd, Van Lunteren, and Hinkle mix the songs at The Shop in Willseyville. The songs remain to be released.

October 2003:
The Whole Things change their name into The Splendors

August 2003:
Bass player Jim Turner joins the band

July 2003:
Puryear leaves The Whole Things

June 2003:
Debut gig of The Whole Things at Autumn Leaves bookstore café in Ithaca, New York

March 2003:
Van Lunteren founds The Whole Things.
Line-up:
Jairo van Lunteren – guitar, vocals
Sid Green – guitar
JT Puryear – bass
Felix Teitelbaum – drums