Austin, Texas, USA

POMPEII is a band from Austin, TX, best known for their atmospheric and effects driven sound. Earning comparisons to Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós and M83, they have received worldwide attention & critical acclaim with placements in both film and television.

Their upcoming full length, LOOM, will be out October 14th 2014 on Red Eye Transit Records.


Pompeii's signature sound of weaving delicate ambient openings into large dynamic crescendos is unmistakeable. The band is back from a five year hiatus with their third and most striking record to date, LOOM. Often compared to the likes of My Bloody Valentine to Sigur Ros and Mogwai, the band's sound still remains their own - atmospheric and effects driven. LOOM was engineered by Erik Wofford of Cacophony Recorders (Explosions In The Sky, Okkervil River, My Morning Jacket) in Austin, TX and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, The Magnetic Fields). The foursome has also enlisted the help of the Tosca String Quartet for this latest release to round out their unique melodious sound.

Formed in Austin, TX in 2004, Pompeii has since been performing and recording music both in their hometown and around the world. The band consists of Dean Stafford (vocals/guitar), Erik Johnson (guitar/keys), Colin Butler (bass) and Rob Davidson (drums). Pompeii's first two albums, Assembly(2006) and Nothing Happens for a Reason (2008), were released on Eyeball Records and garnered much attention from film & television placements. They have received international attention and critical acclaim from outlets such as American Songwriter Magazine, Alternative Press, NPR, Apple, and MTV. LOOM, a stirring, symphonic and poignant effort, will be released on Red Eye Transit Records on October 14th, 2014.


Relative is Relative

Written By: Dean Stafford

Open-ended, parting on a note
it never rang and barely ever spoke to
anyone baring the slightest peace of mind,
cause if it did, there would be no fingerprints to find
or forget. don't have the money and you know it'd be well spent,
keeping tabs on whichever family tree, ready to furnish an identity

Relative is relative,
relative's not relevant in my case
and my case is
not closed and open to interpretation or a point of view
you can guess you can't know
that foreign stays foreign till found

mother, what's in a name? more than that,
why can't mine be found?

I'm sick of home, it's just a contest now,
where, "how can i top or put you down in your place?"
Relative is relative and relative's not relevant in my case
and my case is
not closed and open to
interpretation or a point of view
you can guess, you can't know
that foreign stays foreign till found.

and if all else fails, i can take that flight to the town i was born, where you still might be staying
laying low and saving face.
think it goes without saying, this goes without saying
at least, i tried.


(2006) Assembly
Released: October 10, 2006 (Eyeball Records)
Recorded at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY
Producer: D. James Goodwin (Murder by Death, Thursday)
Producer: John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky) *Catalogue
"Miracle Mile" NPR's "Song of the Day"
"Interlude (for Smith)" Featured on MTV's "Sixteen and Pregnant"
"Ten Hundred Lights" featured in commercial for Toyota
Radio airplay: "Numbers" 101X, KUT, KVRX
Album stream on Pandora Radio
Live performance on KUT's "Radio Without Borders"
"Interlude for Smith" and "Miracle Mile" featured on MTV's "Sixteen and Pregnant" (2010)

(2008) Nothing Happens for a Reason
Released: October 21, 2008 (Eyeball Records)
Recorded at The Wire in Austin, TX
Producer: CJ Eiriksson (U2, Jack's Mannequin)
Album featured in all US Apple retail stores
Radio airplay: "Rabbit Ears" 101X, KUT, KVRX, 105.3 The Spy
Album stream on Pandora Radio
Live performance on Mix 94.7's "JB & Sandy Morning Show"
"Where We're Going We Don't Need Roads" featured on MTV's "Teen Mom 2" (2011) and in the film "The Giant Mechanical Man" (2012)

Set List

35-45 Minutes, 9-10 Songs

All Original