The R3 Band is a raw, gritty, energetic three-piece that packs a world of experience into its concise timeless rock songs – simple but convincing. The band’s name is derived from the R3 regional rail line that runs between their hometown of Media, Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia. The route spans the gamut from contemporary middle-class prosperity to the spirited urban boulevards – a fitting scope for music that appeals to fans of many genres.
“Musically, they touch on throwbacks to 1960’s Dick Dale surfer [rock] infused with bits of West Coast punk peppered with more classic ‘90’s-style rock songs.”
– Philadelphia Style Magazine
Since their inception in 2002, the R3 Band has played over 100 live shows and have shared the stage with such prominent national acts as G. Love, Slightly Stoopid, Chuck Treece & McRad, J. Majesty, and Tommy Conwell. The R3 Band’s authentic lo-fi sound has developed over nearly half a decade of tireless practice and consistent live performance – the R3 Band are true innovators of a style that has become increasingly relevant in modern rock music.
“The music is a poppy groove with bits of jam and blues while vocalist Sean Martin has, as with most dedicated songwriters, a very passionate delivery.”
– Origivation Magazine
Sean Martin (vocals, guitar), William McLaughlin (drums), and Steve Vlaminck (bass) released the R3 Band’s debut album, "Sound," in 2004 and supported it with shows at many of Philly's premier live music venues (The Khyber, Grape Street, North Star Bar, Abilene, Pontiac Grille, The Fire, Troc Balcony, The Five Spot ... to name a few). The band will be entering the studio this summer with renowned producer Pete Donnelly (G. Love, The Figgs) to record their second full-length CD and are looking forward to re-establishing themselves in the Philadelphia music scene in 2008.
Live At The Five Spot [EP - 2002]
Sound [LP - 2004]
Sets range from 45 to 90 minutes. Shows range from one to three full sets depending on venue and circumstances. All material is original. Current playlist includes but is not limited to:
Watchin' The Youth
I Don't Know To Go
Is That My Buddy
South Of Riverside
I Need A Hill
The Rhythm Below
Blame It Away
Just A Kiss