From humble beginnings, playing in their basement for only each other to opening for Canadian legends such as Sam Roberts Band last year and releasing a full album of original music, it's safe to say the brothers of Ferraro have arrived and are here to stay. In a little cafe tucked away in the heart of Toronto, walks in Tally Ferraro. With all the makings of a rock star. A slick leather jacket, but a warm smile, a polite charm and down-to-earth personality.
Between business school, working at the family's bar and the band, he manages to squeeze in a few minutes of time to let us in on who the brothers of Ferraro are and what's next for the band.
As the descendants of the Cameron House, the Ferraro brothers, Cosmo, 29; Gianni, 25 and Tally, 21, are the next legacy sure to come out of the iconic venue.
The Cameron, as known by locals, originally opened in 1981 by Anne Marie Ferraro (mother), her late brother Paul Sanella and close friend Herb Tookey. Over the years, it has seen the likes of top Canadian musicians such as Blue Rodeo, Ron Sexsmith and Justin Rutledge - just to name a few.
The boys of Ferraro formed organically, when current Cameron bar manager and label co-owner of Cameron House Records, Cosmo Ferraro, first picked up a guitar as a child. Gianni followed suit with a drum set a year later and shortly after, Tally learned to play bass and the rest is history.
"If I wanted to be in the band, my brothers told me I had to play bass," Tally laughs."It was bass and vocals, because that's what no one else wanted to play."
For many years, the band was a hit cover band playing shows around the city. However, a few years ago, Gianni came to the band with some originals and they haven't looked back since.
"There comes a point where if you want to take it seriously and want to make something of a career with music, you have to start playing your own stuff," says Tally.
Although Gianni is the main songwriter - having written all songs on their first EP - Tally recently started writing as well and penned some of the hits on the new album 'Losing Sleep.'
"Me and Gianni both write and share most of the lead vocals and we all sing a bit of back up so it's pretty shared."
A mix of 1950s inspired rock with a dash of modern sound, 'Losing Sleep' is full of catchy, stay-in-your-head tracks with subtle influences by groups such as The Beatles and The Strokes.
"Those are definitely influences for us. Paul McCartney is my favourite musician and songwriter. But, there were a lot of Toronto bands that we were exposed to that most people probably wouldn't have been as well," says Tally. "We grew up on a wide range of music. Since our mom was in the scene she brought a lot of cool stuff home."
While it was never their intention to raise a household of musicians, their parents couldn't be more proud.
"They've been to almost every single one of our shows. They're upset when they have to miss one, when we played out of town they were texting us every night," jokes Tally.
Although their parents never played any instruments personally, growing up immersed in such a vibrant, diverse culture of music has definitely played a role in the makings of Ferraro.
"It was great growing up with the Cameron. It was inspiring to get to see all of these people and get to talk to them and pick their brain about what it's like playing music."
While the close-knit brothers undoubtedly work well to create great music, the dynamics of normal sibling rivalry doesn't escape the inner-band politics.
"There are a lot of arguments, over band stuff because you know, creative differences, but at the end of the day you end up working it out because you are brothers," Tally explains while laughing.
"Since there's three of us, someone is always the deciding vote, two against one kind of thing."
However, one thing all three brothers can agree on is that opening for Sam Roberts this past Labour Day was a great experience.
"He's been around the Canadian music scene a long time and he knows it's hard to make it as a Canadian band, but he told us you just got to keep playing. I think he released two or three records before he started getting recognized. You just got to stick with it even when times are tough. To get to play in the KEE to Bala too…that crowd was a lot of fun," says Tally.
While Ferraro has played shows all over Toronto, including NXNE over the past few years and other festivals such as Pop Explosion in Halifax, the brothers are hoping to continue expanding their horizons.
"I think that’s hopefully the next step for us, to do a bit of a tour. Even just university towns, like Waterloo and Guelph to spread out a bit. We are also working on some new music, so in the next few months we will have a few new songs out."
This piece was edited by Micaela Tesi , music editor of CanCulture.