Let’s pack our bags and meet at the corner of my street
Pick me up and we’ll drive until we hit the water
Let’s spend every night discovering new places we can hide
From the world but never each other”
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Right from the opening lines of the first song on ROMP’s EP Sorry, Not Sorry, I couldn’t help but get the urge to go on an adventure. Despite the fact that it was a balmy 38 degrees outside when I listened to their EP today, ROMP’s energetic chords and young, carefree lyrics brought me right back to summer. The people who filmed this Live Vibes Session may have been working with freezing hands (and toes), and those who weren’t filming were wrapped in blankets, but we nonetheless couldn’t resist dancing and well, rompin’ around. However, granting the fun and carefree thing they’ve got going on in the first song on their EP, it’s not all fun and games with ROMP. Their songs “Portrait” and “Sorry, Not Sorry” contain somber and poetic verses that we can all relate to, on the topic of breaking up:
Now that the dust has settled,
I’m getting back into the rhythm of being alone
No longer do I cry over you
The only thing that still saddens me
Is that we’re strangers
I guess that’s what happens when people break up”
These songs definitely invoke some remorse and perhaps painful memories, but it feels good to feel. Then, once you’ve felt it, they quickly lift you right back up with empowering choruses that will get you jumping all over again. Oh, and don’t forget their last song “If Your Head Gets Any Bigger You’ll Float Away,” which is, in a nut-shell, the song that you crank on full volume while you rage on your bed…until your dog walks into your room and looks at you like you’re an alien.
So, who is behind these fun and fiery, emotionally-charged tunes? The band consists of Madison Klarer, who sings, song-writes and plays the keyboard, Mitch Gollub who mans the drums, Lucas Dalakian who plays guitar, and Luke Bamford who holds down the bass. Lucas graduated from Rutgers in 2013 with a degree in business and music, Mitch graduated last spring with a degree in electrical and computer engineering, Madison is currently an undergraduate at FIT and is majoring in Graphic Design, and Luke is living in Asbury Park and focusing on playing music.
The band only started playing together this past June, but the dynamic they’ve got going on makes it seem like they’ve been friends for ages. They are inspired by Makthaverskan, Alvvays, Modest Mouse, FIDLAR, and they have a sweet spot for the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack. Their first performance, which was also their CD release show, was on Halloween, and since then they’ve been playing basement shows in New Brunswick almost every weekend. One of their short-term goals is to play every New Brunswick basement, so I’d say they’re off to a good start. So far, their favorite moment as a band was when the crowd sang along at a show they played soon after their EP came out. They’re psyched to get people outside of NJ to sing along as well, which is why they plan to go on tour for nine days in January. They also have a cassette release coming up and they will be recording either in late winter or early spring.
From what I can see, the sky is the limit for ROMP. They’ve got four talented people who together combine drive, passion, and creativity. In other words, the music world better brace itself for this feisty crew.
To keep up-to-date on the whereabouts of ROMP and to hear their tunes, go to http://rompistight.bandcamp.com. You can get a free download, so get it while it’s hot!
Article by Jen Conover
Video by Nick Rapon, Sara Miller & Chelsea Pineda
Additional filming by Seth Blissenbach