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July 23, 2007

The Fault Lines gets to the Finals

Ithaca Journal (NY):

A brand-new a cappella singing group from Ithaca is gaining national attention and is in the running to win $1 million. The Fault Line made the top 20 in NBC's “America's Got Talent” only months after recording its first seven-song CD in October and playing a few local gigs, including an April show at Cornell University and Ithaca Festival in June. The group was also named champion and the audience favorite of the 2007 New York Regional Harmony Sweepstakes.

The five-man vocal ensemble will appear again, on the next segment showing locally at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 on NBC. The following Tuesday, July 31, the 20 contestants will be narrowed down to 10. The band will get $1 million if they win.
The Fault Line morphed from another a cappella group called Sons of Pitches, which emerged from Ithaca College. In addition to touring, Sons of Pitches played locally at the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg several years ago and at the Clemens Center in Elmira.

According to its Web site, The Fault Line's lineup is baritone and vocal percussionist Justin Adams, (identified at his myspace profile as a Cohoes, N.Y. native), tenor Jeff Bratz (his myspace profile says he's from Elk River, Minn.), tenor Adam Decker and bass singer Matt Olmstead, all identified as former members of Sons of Pitches, along with tenor Josh Logan.

This ensemble sounds like a band without the band. Without seeing them live, most listeners wouldn't know the difference. They make music without any instruments except their voices, bodies and microphones.

Vocal techniques beyond just singing have been employed by an array of traditions, from African to Celtic. Today, in hip hop music, beat boxing uses mouth sounds in place of drums and drum machines. The Fault Line covers '50s early rocker Bill Haley & His Comets, modern acts like Fall Out Boy and The Used and performs originals.

An earlier incarnation of Sons of Pitches — Tommy Morris, Eric Toyama, Ryan James, Ross Mizrahi and James Wheal — performed in a 2005 production of Shakespeare's “As You Like It” at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. The play's director, Kevin Moriarty, called Sons of Pitches “as funny and likable in real life as they are on stage.”

The Fault Line's competition on “America's Got Talent” includes other bands, from rockabilly to Bollywood, a woman who sings and does beat boxing, acrobats and father-daughter animal trainers. If The Fault Line makes the top 10, the two-part live season finale performances of “America's Got Talent” will air from 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 eastern time. The $1 million winner is scheduled to be revealed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 eastern time.

Whether they win the $1 million, you never know when your barista could be a star. According to Entertainment Weekly, the band members live in Ithaca, and one member works at a coffee shop while the others have been doing odd jobs around town.

A cappella singers really have been doing very well lately in various big-time competitions and congratulations and good luck the Fault Line. Please help the guys and be sure to vote for them after Tuesday's show!!

Posted by acapnews at July 23, 2007 10:33 PM


Saw you guys with Ryan at Nazareth College
Have followed Sops from the very beginning
and you werent in it long enough to use
their name in anything. Ryan was totally a star
Cant see where you guys are

Posted by: Anonymous at July 25, 2007 6:20 AM

I saw you on America's Got Talent and think you are awesome. How can I purchase your CD?

Posted by: Christina/Clarks Summit, PA at July 31, 2007 7:12 PM

You guys rock, please continue your career because have it the talent, thats not a question. you have fans now so please don't lets us down. i'll be waiting for single, so get it together.

Posted by: Shawntae at August 24, 2007 12:11 PM

Heard that the group broke up --I certainly hope taht this is not the case. Please advise

Posted by: Linda Mapes at April 24, 2008 8:34 AM

The group didn't break up. They went through some lineup changes, but they're back and even better than before. Check them out at www.rockthefaultline.com!

Posted by: The Fault Line at February 4, 2009 10:25 AM

They are not broken up... just the group has changed a bit. But they are awesome!!!! OMG! Justin Glodich is sooooo HOTTTTTTT!!!!!

Posted by: Jeanna at February 7, 2009 11:08 AM

Love you guys. My parents and I were watching America's Got Talent and was wondering what happened to you guys. Hope the group continues to go well.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 22, 2009 7:04 PM

Oh my gosh I heard from my Performing Arts Club director that he was in America's Got Talent, and I was bored so I googled it and oh my gosh hahahaha it's true! Almost every girl in my school has a crush on Mr. Glodich!

Posted by: Mary Alice at November 28, 2009 4:57 PM

you guys are awesome!!!

Posted by: eagle pass at June 4, 2011 8:00 PM

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