“We chose Ebru as the visual counterpoint because you can do it live on stage,” says Demirkan. “When we are playing, there’s a projection from the artist as she’s painting in his tray. It’s spell-binding. Magical. After the artist is done, you have a printed paper -- like recording music on a tape."
Fresh off of recording the followup to 2007’s Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s 20th Century in Hoboken, NJ with Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, The Pixies, The Dresden Dolls), the band is eager to introduce the new material to fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Orbitron - began his life journey amidst the chaos provided by the legendary streets of South Central Los Angeles. During his youth, which came in the wake of both the collapse of the Black Panther Party and the rapid rise of the drug- gang culture of Crips, Bloods, and the LAPD , Orb’s family made a difficult move to Las Vegas hoping to begin a more stable life for he and his siblings.
As a young teen growing up in Vegas, Orb grew to love Hip-Hop music and culture and found inspiration in the golden era of the hip-hop diaspora. The positive messages of resistance, struggle, knowledge of self and having fun communicated throughout the music were like water in the desert for a young Orb trying to understand and overcome his many life challenges.
For a brief time, the family attempted to return to Los Angeles, where they had lived for generations.
The band formed in September 2008 with the input and involvement of Producer Mark Simmons, owner of Pacific Studios, in Tacoma, WA. Since then Roman Holiday has, in a very short time, taken some surprisingly large strides, placing themselves directly into the center of the music world. They spent the first few months after their conception, focusing on writing. The decision was made to hold off on booking shows, and with a clear schedule and a state-of-the-art studio at their fingertips, Roman Holiday began to record.
"There’s a little bit of Jack Logan in the lead singer’s soulful voice, and their lyrics have real literary heft. It’s hopeful, intricate music—perfect for an early-autumn evening."
-Paul Constant, The Stranger Sept 22, 2007
Lady Drama is Michael Hamm, Mark Kornblum, Johnny Gunn, and Lincoln Ritter.
New Album "You Can Have What You Want" is available for preorder in the UK at Rough Trade and comes with an exlusive bonus cd with a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone cover, and remixes by Ruby Suns and others...
"X meets Wilco? A dream combination for fans of roots-inspired, punk-spirited rock, and one that somehow congeals in Dead Rock West." - Ventura County Reporter
Dead Rock West’s debut album, Honey and Salt, incorporates elements of country-rock, power-pop jangle and straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll to create an eclectic sound so captivating and exciting that it grabs you from the first note, and holds you to the very last. Their fresh, original sound is impossible to ignore as their extraordinary musicianship, passionate vocals and lyrical proficiency create incredible hooks and harmonies that will be forever burned in your soul.