New Single Available on iTunes

The Villains first single, “Let’s Forget About It Tonight” is now available on iTunes. Click here to purchase it.

Villains Single In Rotation

The Villains debut single “Let’s Forget About It Tonight” is now playing on radio stations across the country. Check back here as we add more stations to the list.


The Villains Sign With The Service Station!

We are extremely proud to announce the signing of Atlanta’s hottest new band, The Villains! Their debut single “Let’s Forget About It Tonight” has been shipped to AAA radio with an official add date of October 26th! The self-titled album will be released February 2, 2010. The Villains weave a seamless backdrop of rock, pop and country that is both honest and speaks directly to the soul. The sound is fun yet reflective….and we think you’ll agree. Click for Link.

Rock NYC review

Rock NYC review of ‘Just Another Saturday Night’!

I am currently listening to 9-song debut album from the Atlanta-based band The Villains. The album is titled “Just Another Saturday Night”.


All Music Guide Review

‘Just Another Saturday Night’ review in All Music Guide

Just a Saturday Night is clearly a re-release, not a reissue. In February 2010, the Villains’ debut album was released as a self-titled, 28-minute CD. Then, in late June 2010, the album was re-released by Rock Ridge Music as Just Another Saturday Night. MORE…

Fearless Radio Interview

Live Villains interview on Fearless Radio!

Sean will be interviewed on on July 6th at 6:15 pm CST!  Log on and then click on ‘Listen Now’.

You can IM questions at: fearlessradio00 on AIM Yahoo; fearlessradio on MSN.  You can also Twitter questions at:


Villains & Mighty Mutts Team Up

The Villains and Mighty Mutts Team Up For A Great Cause

Donate to Mighty Mutts and get a FREE Villains download. Mighty Mutts is a no-kill, wholly volunteer organization dedicated to helping to save the stray animals of New York City.

For more information on Mighty Mutts visit


AOL Music Listening Party

AOL Music Listening Party for Villains debut record!

AOL Music is featuring a listening party for our Rock Ridge Music/ Warner Bros debut, ‘Just Another Saturday Night’, till July 5th! This coincides with the album release on June 29th.

You can listen to the whole record…crank it up and don’t forget to tell your friends!

Debut Retail Locations

Debut on Rock Ridge Music/Warner Bros at these stores!

‘Just Another Saturday Night’, The Villains debut album on the Rock Ridge/ Warner Bros label, will be available at these fine places on 6/29:

Best Buy website and select Best Buy stores

FYE website and select FYE stores

Barnes and Noble website and select B@N stores

Tower Records Website and select stores




Most online stores besides…

More Stations Addded

Villains new single is on these fine radio stations!

“You Don’t Have To Say” is playing at these fine stations!

KPND Sandpoint, ID - ?KRVO Kalispell, MT – 406-752-KRVO, ?WOCM Ocean City, MD – 410-723-9626, ?WRRW Virginia Beach, VA ?KTAO Taos, NM 575-758-8882 ? KFMU Steamboat Springs, CO ?KSPN Aspen, CO ?KDBB Park Hills, MO 800-959-5366 ?KROK Leesville, LA ?KMTN Jackson, WY- 307-733-KMTN, www. ?WCBE Columbus, OH ?WTMD Baltimore, MD ?WFIV Knoxville, TN

2nd Single Added

2nd single added at WOCM Ocean City, MD!

WOCM Ocean City, MD has added our 2nd single ‘You Don’t Have To Say’ to their playlist!

All Music Guide Review

03/09/2010: Great review in All Music Guide!!

Review by Alex Henderson

In some cases, a band’s name gives you a very good idea what the band sounds like. But that isn’t always the case. Some bands enjoy being ironic and having a misleading name that doesn’t sound anything like the music. Take the Villains, for example. MORE…

Hooked On Music Record Review

Hooked On Music Record Review – Germany 

Wer schon rotzfrech mit dem Highway to Hell Riff seinen ersten Song Let`s forget about it tonight anklingen lässt, muß durchaus vor Selbstbewusstsein strotzen.?Um die Sache abzukürzen, das aus Atlanta stammende Sextett hat’s gar nicht nötig, sich mit fremden Federn zu schmücken. Könnten sie doch selbst durchaus mit ihrem musikalischen Qualitäten als Vorlagengeber für einige Bands durchgehen. MORE…

Rootstime Review

Rootstime review of debut, Belgium


Geef The Villains in op Google en de kans is groot dat u een andere band dan diegene die we hier onder de loep nemen aanklikt. Met andere woorden, qua bandnaam hebben de heren van The Villains niet meteen de meest originele keuze gemaakt. ‘En wat dan nog?’ hoor ik u al denken, ‘zolang de muziek maar goed is!’ Volledig mee eens. Wees gerust, over het muzikaal aspect van het debuut van deze Amerikaanse band valt een en ander te zeggen. MORE…

Villains Sign Deal!

The Villains sign record deal with Rock Ridge Music!!

We are pumped to announce that The Villains have signed with NYC based label Rock Ridge Music! We join their roster that includes Sister Hazel, Cherry Poppin Daddies, and Reel Big Fish.

The current record will be re-released with a bonus track on 6/29 and the next single, ‘You Don’t Have To Say’, will go to radio on 5/24.

We couldn’t do any of this without you guys and we thank you!

Stayed tune for more exciting stuff as we move along…

Asheville NC magazine review

Asheville NC magazine review of record!

The Villains?DCM Records?Hearkening back to the days when FM ruled the airways the self titled debut by this Atlanta based band is a blast of pure nostalgia in all the right ways. Straight ahead rock with more hooks than a bait and tackle shop the eight songs herein-models of brevity for those jam bands who insist the best way to make a weak song better is to sing more of it-sound both delightfully fresh and wonderfully familiar. There’s enough punch, best exemplified in the opener “Let’s Forget About It Tonight” to keep things interesting and enough crackle to not let the often predictable lyrics seem too distracting. Lead vocalist Jimmy James Schmitt has a nice enough Tom Petty twang but it’s the group harmonies that really shine. It’s only when the band’s soft underbelly is exposed-“Where We Began” is drippy enough to make Stephen Bishop blush-that things stumble down but for the most part The Villains delivers the goods in fine fashion. It’s a solid mix of Greg Kihn idiosyncratic pop and Loggins and Messina jaunt, each one complementing the other while creating a sound that stands on its own; a solid debut that leaves the listener craving for more. ***


Villains record #1 at WSGE

Villains record #1 at WSGE Charlotte, NC!!

The record was the #1 most played at WSGE Charlotte NC this week. Came in above Norah Jones, Joss Stone, and Train!

The Blend Top 30

(based on airplay – week ending 3/4/10)

1) The Villains – The Villains – [DCM]
2) Norah Jones – The Fall – [Blue Note]
3) ALO – Man Of The World – [Brushfire]
4) The Watson Twins – Talking To You Talking To Me – [Vanguard]
5) Joss Stone – Color Me Free – [Virgin]
6) Vampire Weekend – Contra – [XL]
7) Sade – Soldier Of Love – [Sony]
8) Nneka – Concrete Jungle – [Epic]
9) Joey Ryan – Kenter Canyon – [Mophinics]
10) Matt Morris – When Everything Breaks Open – [Tennman]
11) Seth Glier – The Trouble With People – [Mpress]
12) Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea – [EMI]
13) Spoon – Transference – [Merge]
14) Allison Moorer – Crows – [Ryko]
15) James Maddock – Sunrise On Avenue C – [Ascend]
16) Shane Dwight – Gimme Back My Money – [R-Tist]
17) Rob Drabkin – On These Heavy Feet – [Robrabkin]
18) The Furious Seasons – Thank You For Saturday – [Stonegarden]
19) Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig – [Nonesuch]
20) Holmes Brothers – Feed My Soul – [Alligator]
21) Basia Bulat – Heart Of My Own – [Rough Trade]
22) Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM – [Elektra]
23) Joan Armatrading – This Charming Life – [429 Records]
24) Daphne Willis – What To Say – [Vanguard]
25) Santana – Supernatural(Legacy Edition) – [RCA]
26) Melissa Etheridge – Fearless Love – [Def Jam]
27) Michael Nappi – Here We Go Again – [West Avenue]
28) Smile Smile – Truth On Tape – [Kirtland]
29) Lissie – Why You Runnin’ – [Possum]
30) Dawn Landes – Sweet Heart Rodeo – [Fun Machine] Review

Great album review from!!

The Villains: The Villains, ?DCM Records 2395 ?Format: CD

Musical Performance
Sound Quality
Overall Enjoyment

The naughty cover of this self-titled debut album features a red-headed woman in a provocatively brief jester’s outfit, and it might lead you to expect something experimental or raunchy from this Atlanta-based band, but it’s a comfortable, friendly disc that could pass as an Eagles tribute. Artists have been melding country music, rock, and pop since the ‘70s, and The Villains build on that trend in a comfortably eclectic way. MORE…

We’re #98 in the Triple A

Villains record at #98 in the Triple A top 200 album chart!

The Villains have broken the Top 100!!

The debut record is at #98 on the FMQB Triple A top 200 chart!

This is quite a benchmark and we thank you all!

Villains debut available at Best Buy stores!

Villains debut available at Best Buy stores!

The Villains debut record is available at all metro Atlanta area Best Buy stores (Douglasville, Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, Northlake, Alpharetta, Buckhead, Midtown, Mall Of GA, Gwinnett, Athens, Snellville) and Nashville, TN stores ( Brentwood and Rivergate). It is also available on their website. Click on the Best Buy link on our front page to take you there!

We appreciate Best Buys support of the record! Stay tuned as we will be playing selected stores for special acoustic performances…

Villains single is now at #120!

‘Let’s Forget About It Tonight’ has moved up 26 spots to #120 in the FMQB Triple A top 200 charts!

Thanks for all the calls and support! Let’s take it to #1!!

Great review from

The Villains – Self-Titled

02.02.2010 ?by Michael Kenna?No Comments »

The Villains, a rocking debut and independent label DCM release, is an evident labor of love from a six-piece group of musicians each bringing an elemental different style yielding the creation of a refined collaborative release. The diversity within the band is the secret ingredient.

In essence, The Villain’s solid corner stones are six great musicians, well-written lyrics — written and co-written by Dan Call, finely honed harmonies, and terrific melodies.

The Villains are fruitful hybrids of progressive roots’ rock and 1970’s country-rock styles. Citing the musical influences of The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Wings, The Atlanta Rhythm Section and The Band we distill how their synchronized, fun, and based upon real life experiences vibes have become their own Americana sound. I would add Poco to this landscape.

The result is a seasoned sound which eases your ears into instant acceptance. The songs are at once fresh and familiar by telling our stories through common memories, hardships, shared attitudes, resignation, and the forecast of expected outcomes.

The Villains have a balance in beauty and form in the eight songs on this release. These songs are laced with rich tones and seamless harmonies. The melodies interweave with these effortless vocal deliveries for a well-blended sound.

The single, Let’s Forget About It Tonight, is an upbeat rock song flowing nicely along as it reels you in with its catchy hooks. On Going Deaf for A Living, we hear the humourous reflective reality of a road savvy traveling band. A growing fan base agrees their live show’s allow the band to really shine.

Overall, the CD has a scenic satiating effect leaving you wanting more, yet for now, we must settle for The Villains live concerts, or our replay button.

Visit for more info and tour dates.

Planet Weekly Review

Planet Weekly Birmingham, AL review of record!

What do you get when you bring together 6 of Atlanta’s best songwriters, touring musicians and studio veterans? Answer: The Villains. To me they are today’s Atlanta Rhythm Section with their Americana/soft Southern Rock pop   sound. Their release, The Villains (DCM Records), will be in record stores by the end of February.  Until then check them out online. Expect to hear “Let’s Forget About It Tonight” on radio. My favorite was track 7, “Going Deaf For A Living,” with it’s story of life as it’s seen from the stage. These pros should be on their way to the big-time with this debut release.


NYC ‘Good Times’ review

NYC ‘Good Times’ review of the album!

Records?The Villains?The Villains?DCM Records?The Villiains come storming out of Atlanta with awesome story songs, great melodies, and so much charm while they’re gently rocking that you’ll spin to look at your calendar to check what year it is. This marks one of the best indie/roots records we’ve heard since The Suicide Kings two years back, and it’s well worth seeking out when it hits the stores in February. With tongue-in-cheek, cool tunes such as “Going Deaf For A Living,” your best holiday gift might just come two months from now. Good gravy – let’s rock.?– Bob Smith Review review of Villains debut!!

The Villains: The Villains
Posted by Jeff Giles (01/28/2010 @ 8:00 am)
RIYL: The Eagles, Poco, One Flew South

Don’t let their name fool you – pinup on the album cover notwithstanding, there’s very little that’s even slightly villainous about this six-piece Atlanta outfit. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you, especially for fans of the country-tinged Laurel Canyon rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s; in fact, at times, this eight-song self-titled effort suggests what might have happened if strands of DNA from members of Poco and the Eagles were stolen by a mad scientist 30 years ago and used to create a new band. The Villains’ strongest material boasts all the tight harmonies, spotless guitars, and sunny hooks you could hope for, and the album’s weak spots – like the shudder-inducing, Jimmy Buffett-esque “Where We Began” – are pleasantly few and far between. In a perfect world, an album with only eight tracks would kick ass top to bottom, but for Eagles fans weary of 25-year waits between albums – or country fans stuck between Willie Nelson and Rascal Flatts – The Villains will hit the spot quite nicely. Crank up “Let’s Forget About It Tonight,” pour yourself a cold beer, and be glad rock & roll is still alive. (DCM Records 2010)


‘What’s Happening Maine’ review

‘What’s Happening Maine’ review of The Villains debut!

THE VILLIANS ARE A BAND TO WATCH FOR IN 2010…NEXT MONTH, TO BE EXACT!?(For the interior of the 1/29/10 issue of “WHP”)

I first heard this band back in early December of last year and my jaw dropped…and I had to wait until now to tell you about them ‘cause next month is the time when they’ll be releasing their very first, self-titled album: “The Villains” ( on their own label (DCM Records).  MORE…

The single is now at #153

The single is now at #153 on Triple A charts!!

‘Let’s Forget About It Tonight’ is now at #153 on the Triple A charts!!

Check the list now playing us and don’t forget to request it!

Charleston SC Post and Courier Review

By Devin Grant, Special to The Post and Courier,

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Villains

‘The Villains’


Listening to many of the tracks on the debut CD by The Villains, one might be reminded of styles of artists, such as Sheryl Crow or The Eagles.

In fact, several of the tracks on the CD, including “Let’s Forget About Tonight” and “You Don’t Have to Say” were co-written by Peter Stroud, who has written with both Crow and Don Henley.

The style on most of the tracks on “The Villains” mixes a distinct Americana vibe with an easily accessible pop sound. The result is a collection of songs that, while they might stay a bit on the safer side of things, will definitely stick with the listener long after the CD has stopped playing.

Standout tracks include “Let’s Forget About Tonight,” “What a Shame” and “Going Deaf for a Living.” Picture great pop-rock bands such as The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, and you’ll begin to get an idea of what waits for you with The Villains.

The band has opened for the likes of Dwight Yoakum and Trace Atkins, and with the quality of the recordings on this CD, it is easy to see why.

Download These: “Let’s Forget About Tonight,” “What a Shame,” “Going Deaf for a Living.”


Atlanta Music Guide Review

The Villains, DCM Records

By Al Kaufman

Remember the ’70s? For those who don’t, it was a sort of weird time musically. It was the time when country and rock began to merge. It was led by a band from California of all places, The Eagles. If the Eagles formed today, they would be a country band. Whereas back then rock acts integrated twang, today the country acts try to rock, and many of them do it harder than the Eagles ever did. MORE…

Record review in Valdosta, GA

Record review in Valdosta, GA news!

MUSIC?By Dean Poling?, The Valdosta Daily Times

THE VILLAINS?The Villains rock to a breezy sort-of Eagles vibe that sounds fresh. In the group’s debut, self-titled CD, set for release Feb. 2, the Villains tell stories and mine deep emotions for lyrics that take listeners places, with a melodic sound that keeps feet tapping in the present. With an understated twang of country, this band rolls more than it rocks, but it rules with an easy-listening style with words that can tear your heart out. An Atlanta-based band, the Villains consists of the one-named Magno, keyboards, vocals; Dan Call, bass, guitars, vocals; Sean McNally, drums, percussion; Michael Wilkes, guitar; Jimmy James Schmitt, acoustic guitars, vocals; Alan Schaefer, guitars, vocals. The Villains is a debut album with not a bad guy in the bunch.

Ohio State University feature article

Ohio State University feature article on The Villains

Band out to tell real stories with new EP
By Ryan Book
Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Photo Courtesy pf Mike Farley

The Villains use their diversity as a group to relate to a vast audience with their musical themes. Their EP will be released Feb. 2.


MusicNewsNashville Review

01/12/2010: Villains cd reviews! MusicNewsNashville and

The Villians – Self-Titled??by Chuck Dauphin

It wasn’t until I looked at their bio that I discovered that The Villains are one of the top rock groups in the Atlanta market—-a musical hotbed for many different styles.  That being said, I think they could also qualify for Country, Americana, or … well, more.?? MORE…

The Villains debut single charts in the top 200

“Let’s Forget About It Tonight” debuted this week at #181 on the FMQB top 200 chart and at #181 on Triple A Top 200 chart! Scroll down for a list of stations playing our new single.

Debut Review

11/05/2009: The Villains Out To Tell Real Life Stories On Rocking Debut

Cincinnati Concert Examiner “Music Industry News Network,” For Immediate Release

November 5, 2009, “The Villains Out To Tell Real Life Stories On Rocking Debut.”