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The best kept secret in music


"Music Matters"

Music Matters: RSP
By Sarah Polite, 2003
*article written under band's former name, "RSP"

Today’s music scene is full of such musical influences as Jimmy Eat World, Incubus, Staind and now RSP. Made up of Etown’s very own Ryan Stillman (guitar), Erik Kohan (vocals/guitar), Garth DeAngelis (keyboards/vocals), Andy Borzok (guitar) and Daryl Bixler (drums), these five guys come together to play some straight up rock and roll.

"In a sense, the RSP is a merging of two bands," said Stillman. "There’s a long history of Andy, Garth, and myself playing coffeehouses together, but when we were asked to do a showcase, we realized we needed a full band. So we "hired" the multiple talents of Erik Kohan and Daryl Bixler who have played together for a few years now."

And so with that, RSP was formed. But with every good band comes a good name, and where exactly did that name RSP come from?

DeAngelis sums it up best. "The name of the group is attributed to the immense popularity and rock-hard abdominal muscles of Ryan Stillman. We felt that naming the band after him would help take us to the next level."

And they are doing just that.

There is a lot coming up for RSP this spring, and one of the goals for the group includes playing as much as possible.

"There’s nothing like playing shows," said Bixler. "We’re really excited for our Feb. 19 show at Grinders, so we hope you all can come out and watch. We’re also talking with other clubs in the area and colleges such as F&M, York and Temple."

With these upcoming shows you can definitely expect some new and original music from RSP.

"We’re putting the finishing touches on some originals we’ve been working hard on," said Kohan. "I’d say that’s one of our focuses."

Each member of RSP is individually influenced by different music. But when asked about which kinds of music influence what the group performs, Bixler remarked, "It varies depending on how we’re feeling, but personally, I’m most influenced by Pearl Jam, Tool and Live."

"Yeah, Live is definitely my biggest influence," added Kohan. "Their music has such a distinctive energy, and that’s really what I’m looking to do as a songwriter. I think when you write music it really offers a deep look at who you are. It’s a really personal thing for me."

Additionally, DeAngelis enjoys the music of Incubus and Fuel, and as for Stillman, well you can sum up all of his musical inspiration into just one word … Hanson.

But unlike so many bands out there, there is something about RSP that sets them apart from the rest.

"We have a lot of depth, which helps give us a bunch of cool sounds," said Kohan. "We have this thing going when we write –– it’s this cool, melodic rock thing that really flows."

So, now that you’ve gotten to take a look at RSP and what they’re all about, go to their show on Feb. 19 at Grinders and see them rock out until they get thrown out. Not only are they great musicians, but they’re also great guys. Definitely check out RSP, the next big band to come out of central PA, and I’ll see YOU at Grinders.
- The Etownian


Left Alone (Six-Eight Records, 2003) *Recorded as "RSP"


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Ghostman on First is the product of four rockers from different music backgrounds. With the straight-up rock of Craig's style, with the melody-focused lyrics of Kohan, the jazz influenced bass lines from Malinowski, and the old school rock-and-roll of mike are all mixed together, good things happen. An original, and refreshingly energetic approach to rock is created as these guys from Central Pennsylvania, form Ghostman On First.

From the ashes of local bands RSP and Neutopia, Ghostman On First assembled in early 2004 to begin a new journey or music. Playing all over the region, Ghostman On First has won the approval of many awesome fans.