A lot of old friends reconnected last year at the wakes held in the aftermath of Trash Vegas/Ultimatics bassist Tommy Osh dying in a car accident. One of the surprising things to emerge from those reunions is a new four-song EP from long lost ’90s band Torn and Frayed.
Taking its name from a Stones song, not to mention a good bit of its sound, Torn and Frayed formed in 1991 with members of Trash Vegas and the Zippers, and won the Graffiti Rock Challenge a year later. The band broke up a few years after that due to fatigue, and singer Mark Scheer returned in 2003 with the Beatlesque pop group the Discount Stars and then in 2008 in a more alt-country vein with Five Star Dive, using T&F members Vinny Q and Daryl Thumm on guitar and Rocky LaMonde on bass.
In recent years, the latter two have played in Dirty Charms and Q has been with Norman Nardini. Scott Wilson, who was considering selling his drums in recent days, was happy to jump back into Torn and Frayed.
The band had played a gig at Altar Bar about five years ago, but before that, it had been almost 20 years. The musicians picked up right where they left off on “Living Rock & Roll” with four rockers that hark back to the Stones, T-Rex and New York Dolls.
“As far as the arrangements go,” Scheer says, “everybody grew and it’s not as haphazard as it used to be. It sounds better, tighter.”
Since reuniting, Torn and Frayed opened for Ace Frehley — where the band members were told not to make eye contact with the former Kiss guitarist — and will be opening for Blue Oyster Cult at the Palace Theatre, in Greensburg in March.
The release show for the EP will be at Excuses, South Side, 10 p.m. Saturday. $5. 412-431-4090.