The Rushmore’s are an indie rock band out of the Midwest. We toured the country last summer in support of our debut album, played some really fun shows, and had some great times. As soon as we returned home we dove head first into our new album and have been chipping away at it everyday since. The album is now done and will be released June 2013 with a bunch of upcoming shows to follow.
Led by a brooding crooner, the band sounds rooted in Americana, but has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, their songs are steeped in dark poppy singalongs and playful time changes, with a a bit of jangle for those steady melodic plateaus.
Dave DiMaggio - Vocals, Guitar
Mark Stanko - Piano, organ
Bryant Patton - Bass, Guitar
Ryan Looney - Drums
The Rushmores (self-titled) 2012
Middle Western (WILL BE RELEASED JUNE 2013)
The Rushmores Live at the Metro Times Blowout
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Led by a brooding crooner, the band sounds rooted in Americana, but has a few extra tricks up its sl...Led by a brooding crooner, the band sounds rooted in Americana, but has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, their songs are steeped in dark poppy singalongs and playful time changes, with a a bit of jangle for those steady melodic plateaus.
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The Rushmore’s take ‘garage rock’ to the next level
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BY Calli McCain On any given night of the week, if you’re looking to hear some rock music, just ...BY Calli McCain On any given night of the week, if you’re looking to hear some rock music, just seek out The Rushmore’s. The group of four Wyandotte musicians is working their way to the top and they aren’t taking any breaks on the way up.
The Rushmore's practice in their garage-turned-recording studio.
“We’re trying to do everything as best as we possibly can and really put a quality product out there,” said Dave DiMaggio, lead singer and guitarist for the group. “When we’re recording, we’re definitely in here five or six nights a week. No matter what, we’re in here three to four nights a week and a lot of other bands can’t say that, they can practice together once or twice a week if they’re lucky.”
The Rushmore’s, who include DiMaggio, Mark Stanko on keyboards, Bryan Patton on bass and Chris Ruelle on drums, got together in the spring of last year. DiMaggio, Stanko and Ruelle were in a group together previously and said that when Patton joined them The Rushmore’s began to find their sound.
The band credits influences ranging from Rush to The Pixies for their unique sound.
“Within the band there is a lot of respect,” said Stanko, hinting at a lack of cohesion in the previous group.
The band has called themselves “the hardest working band Downriver,” and for good reason. All four have full-time jobs and Patton is also taking college classes. They still find time to practice almost every day as well as handling all other aspects of recording, editing, and promoting their own music.
“One thing that is unique about this band is that we don’t go to a mixing engineer or a producer or anything,” said DiMaggio, who had suggested the band be named The Working Class to reflect their behind-the-scenes efforts. “The sound we’re going for is exactly what our stuff sounds like because the four of us decide on everything from the drum sound to guitar to whatever it is, we all put in our two cents in on everything that we do.”
Stanko handles all booking and promotion for the group, on top of playing keys.
Stanko, a plumber by trade, and his father converted his garage into a recording studio to allow the band to record and edit their music exactly how they wanted it. The Rushmore’s admit to being perfectionists, a trait best displayed through their heavy bass lines and seamless percussion breaks (rather than through the rogue apostrophe in their name). They say being a band from Downriver means they have to work twice as hard to get any recognition.
“Just being a band from Downriver, I think you lose credibility automatically,” said Patton.
“I definitely think you get brushed to the side right off the bat,” said DiMaggio. “Maybe it’s the fact that we know how much work we put into it, but no one seems to care about creative pursuits. I mean we get good draws around here, but I really think that people discount you right off the bat when they know you’re from around here.”
Despite feeling a slight lack of Downriver love, the band recognizes their fans who make an effort to come out to their shows locally and out of town. Jason Shelton of Wyandotte is one of those fans.
“I have been a fan of The Rushmore’s ever since I first heard them,” said Shelton. “What I love about their music is that they create what they like. They don’t try to make music to get rich or get a record deal; they have a really unique sound. The song ‘Wasting Time’ sounds like it should be in a Quentin Tarantino movie, it’s pretty rad.”
Ruelle began his career in music decades ago, playing in his high school band.
In February of this year, the band released a full-length, self-titled album that includes elements from a wide range of musical genres. They are now working to promote themselves outside of the Downriver bubble. DiMaggio is a teacher and the group hopes to take their act on the road when his classes are finished in the summer. They plan to make stops in Utah, Colorado, and throughout the West
There are no upcoming dates at this time.