Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)
Our names our Blair Ollendorf (Lead Vocals and Guitar), Brandon Bost (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Impellizeri (Bass, Vocals), and Sean Donaghy (Drums and Vocals) from the Philadelphia rock group, Wild Rompit.
How did the band start?
Paul was walking down a dark street late at night in the city of not so brotherly love, Philadelphia. As he turned the corner, he found himself in quite a predicament and two individuals began the mugging process. Blair, who was at nearby fixed gear bicycle store, heard Paul’s frightened shouts and ran down the street to go save him. When he arrived, the two gentlemen who had supposedly been mugging him were attempting to kill a deadly snake that had fallen on him from the nearby fence. Did we mention he was by the zoo? Anyway, the two muggers turned out to be Brandon and Sean. Post traumatic experience, they decided the only way to cope with their immense pain and suffering was through the magical power of music, forming Wild Rompit in the process.
But in all seriousness, we all met at university. Brandon and I were randomly paired up as roommates. We formed Wild Rompit soon after with Paul and most recently added Sean.
How would you describe your band?
We’re a bunch of friends trying to make the best music we can. Our sound is indie, folky, bluesy, and at times heavy. Think of a love child between Manchester Orchestra, Delta Spirit, and Springsteen.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
I would definitely say that the title track, Spirit Moves, best encapsulates our sound. It’s folky, dynamic, and lyrically driven. I think it’s the pinnacle of the album as well as our songwriting so far.
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?
To date, we are completely self produced. So from the inception of a song idea to the end product is completely our undertaking. I do all the recording and mixing myself which really allows us to take our time and make sure what we are putting out is us in its truest form.That closed process has its plus and minuses but so far I think it’s worked for us.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
(Sean) As of now, we just released our new single “Average Heart” exclusively via Guitar World this Thursday (July 25th) and will be releasing new tracks off of our new album Spirit Moves, which comes out August 27th, periodically throughout the coming weeks.
All of our past EP’s and singles are up and available for free download on our Bandcamp page, which can be found at http://wildrompit.bandcamp.
Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?
Right now, coming to Australia is not really in the cards for us financially. However, if the opportunity presented itself, we would pounce on it and would leave some time to do the touristy stuff while there.
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
I’d say completing Spirit Moves, which is our first full length was definitely a feat we haven’t taken lightly. It took six months of spaced out studio sessions that seemed endless, but we’re definitely stoked on the end product.
Another awesome experience is playing the Mann Center (the Philadelphia equivilent to the Sydney Opera House, but much less architecturally impressive) for over 5,000 inner city children. Watching them react to their first rock concert experience is pretty epic.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
River City Extension, Apache Relay, and Houndmouth
Anything else you’d like to add?
We’ll send a free album to the first person to send us a can a Vegemite, we definitely want to try that stuff.