Joey Maltese began a life devoted to music as lead singer and bassist in the hard rock act Toyz. Their song Rockin' Disease appeared on the album U.S. Metal. This was followed by a lengthy songwriting partnership with singer/composer Kitty Brazelton. Bands included the Philadelphia based "V" and the New York based Kitty, Ant Roo Bee and Hide The Babies. Another New York band of note was the carefully constructed Ssaucer, with songs written in collaboration with singer/lyricist Sara Hechtman.
Live appearances in New York included The China Club, Irving Plaza, Continental, P.S.122 Performance Space, The Bitter End, The Pyramid Club, Alphabet Lounge, Columbia University and many gigs at the notorious Limelight and the infamous CBGB's.
Previous Joey Maltese releases were Love It, produced by Theresa Durbin deVeto and Deja Washburn, and Savage Inside, produced by Robert Agnello with songs mixed by John Agnello. Maltese has also lent his talent as a lead guitarist to several New York bands over the years including D.D. Domino, The Bang Changos and Acts Magdalena.
His album, Night Of The Muse, is an ambitious collection of indie rock with a sharp edge. The album was written in New York and recorded in rural Pennsylvania with the help of Drummer/Producer Jeffery Sukenick. Most of the songs were hatched while living in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and reflect the rhythms of life in the big city. The seventeen song Night Of The Muse clocks in at just under one hour. The songs run the gamut from guitar driven hard rock to piano mash-ups with experimental instrumentation.
"Night of the Muse": JOEY MALTESE. 17 songs by NYC-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter influenced by '70s glitter rock.
- Sing Out! Magazine
JOEY MALTESE – Night of the Muse - Offering up 17 tracks worth of dense and sprawling, yet tasty, involving, and often melodic rock, New York City-based singer/songwriter Joey Maltese totally hits it out of the ballpark with this extremely dynamic and ambitious album. Maltese’s rather raspy, but lively vocals and sharp, thoughtful, and intelligent songwriting make for a formidable double act. Amazingly, Maltese also plays quite well all the instruments on this album which range from neatly riffin’n’wailin’ guitars to finely percolating basslines to all kinds of nifty and energetic percussion. The songs alternate between straight-up rousing rockers (the supremely hard-charging “Ain’t Gonna Be Easy,” the funky-bumpin’ “Glass Wall”) and more low-key and thoughtful numbers (the beautifully gentle and lulling “Fly Away Ravin,” the gorgeous piano-driven ballad “Mind Love”). A marvelously eclectic and impressive winner. - Joe Wawrzyniak, JerseyBeat.com
JOEY MALTESE, "Night of the Muse" (Diamond Sutra) - Former Toyz Frontman Joey Maltese is a fixture on the New York City music scene and his ambitious "Night of the Muse" full-length showcases his guitar wizardry and '70s-inspired songwriting. With a whopping 17 tracks clocking in at almost an hour, "Night of the Muse" is a tad over-stuffed, but if you're patient, there's a heck of a lot to like. Among the many highlights are glam rock-leaning opener "Barmaids Away," proggy gem "Echoes of October," "Hello Tatiana," "Grace This House," "Mind Love" and "Sugar Pox."...You'll get a kick out of "Night of the Muse."
(Jeffrey Sisk), IN TUNE - The Daily News, McKeesport, Pa
night of the muse
Singer/guitarist Maltese has knocked around New York for quite a while with the bands Kitty, Ssaucer, and Toyz. Night is an ambitious amalgam of carefully crafted singer/songwriter pop and ‘70s glitter rock. Ballsy rock riffs...heart-on-sleeve emotions. True, the production gives the songs an ‘80s sheen, especially on the guitar tones. But cuts such as “Echoes of October,” “Ain’t Gonna Be Easy,” and the snotty “Barmaids Away” (a perfect lead track, drawing you in immediately) are strong enough to hold up anyway. Pair Maltese with a good producer and a budget and he’ll hit the heights for which he’s aiming even more.
- (Michael Toland - THE BIG TAKEOVER Magazine)
NIGHT OF THE MUSE: "Goes down like fire-water glam with a chaser of prog---inspiriting stuff!" - Adam Potkay, author of THE STORY OF JOY - (Cambridge University Press)
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