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Cool Peep(s) of the Week: The Gentlemen of Reserved for Rondee

6
FEB
By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset

WHO IS ARE THESE “COOL PEEPS”: RESERVED FOR RONDEE: Billy Magnussen, Tom Degnan, Trevor Vaughn, Nick Fokas, & Warren Hemenway
What do you get when you mix 5 NYC men, a roomful of instruments, a distinctly unique sound, a passion for music and, oh, did I mention five very handsome men already? What you have is the Manhattan based indie band Reserved for Rondee…an exhilarating rock-melodic treat for your soul. If you are looking for the hottest addition to the NYC music scene – look no further. You have found it. I am officially the “un-official” President of their fan club…


RFR Guitarist
Billy Magnussen

RFR Bassist
Tom Degnan

RFR Lead Singer
Trevor Vaughn

RFR Guitarist
Nick Fokas

RFR Drummer
Warren Hemenway
Reserved for Rondee has earned the title of New York City’s most beloved emerging band…selling out at venues like the Lower East Side’s famed Arlene’s Grocery, Mercury Lounge and The Saint (on the Jersey Shore). With inspiration that draws from “…classic artists like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2 and contemporary artists like the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Arcade Fire, Reserved for Rondee blends imagination and style into a mystic rock journey”. Aside from that – this is a group of genuinely cool, down-to-Earth,and multi-dimensional men…(who also happen to be ridiculously talented and witty – charmed ones for sure). And as they hit the studio this month to begin recording their first full length album (“epic” is the word I kept hearing) – these five extroverted musicians kindly put aside a few hours to chat with me. Yes, I am a very lucky gal.

RESERVED FOR RONDEE: Billy Magnussen, Tom Degnan, Trevor Vaughn, Nick Fokas, & Warren Hemenway


Reserved for Rondee at famed
NYC Arlene’s Grocery
January 2013
A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?
BM: I love all of u. Traveling!! Jumping through fire. Q-tips. Little puppies.
TD: Hugs, CC, Chuck Norris, Christmas, the music of the Frank Sinatra, Legos, family, friends, and pork chop sandwiches. (Note from CC: Thanks Tom! Your my fave too…)
TV: Besides universal love, I’d say imagination rocks pretty hard. I’m ruled by Venus so beautiful women obviously (like Christabelle). Can’t leave out a great steak & wine!
WH: Twizzlers on the subway, coffee and a NY Post. Did anyone buy Hostess yet?? I’m dying for some freaking Ho-Hos!!!
NF: Well aside from my favorite blog, ChristabelleTheBlog.com, I’m addicted to Pawn Stars. I can sit and watch that show all day. And I have.

WHAT IS PLAYING ON YOUR IPOD RIGHT NOW?
BM: The Macabees
TD: The Lonely Island
TV: My Pandora is on Beirut currently
WH: The Kelly Bell Band (Homegrown)
NF: Live Led Zeppelin bootlegs or Motown

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HAUNT?
BM: The Gaf Bar, NYC
TD: Linebacker Pub, South Bend, Indiana
TV: Sunswick is a killer beer bar in Astoria, where I hang my hat. Chill atmosphere & artist’s galore.
WH: Claddagh Pub Baltimore (I’ve been thrown out 3 x and was brought back after a brief timeout each time.They know me there). Double Wide LES NYC (Home)
NF: The Druid’s Den in Rome, Italy. An Irish bar staffed by ex-pat Brits in the heart of Rome? Does it get any better than that? And I’m still a big fan of Epstein’s bar on the Lower East Side. Outdoor picnic tables and some of the best burgers in NYC? Can’t beat that on a nice day. Hope it doesn’t turn into a Chase branch or a cupcake shop any time soon.


Photo Credit:
Massimo Di Giovanna
WHEN YOU ARE ALONE AND YOU THINK NO ONE IS WATCHING YOU…?
BM: I love wearing a sarong around my house (ha-ha). Trying to intercept people blowing kisses.
TD: I watch re-runs of “The Facts of Life”, I write poetry, I try and intercept Nick’s attempts to take over the world.
TV: Lord! What don’t I do..Yell at current events on my computer, nude improve dance, impersonations are always fair game, sing/muse upon the Great Spirit. (Note from CC: Trevor, we kind of ALL want your home address to watch nude improve dance through your window)
WH: I do the robot while singing I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner.
NF: Plotting various methods for world domination. So far none have been successful.

EMPTY YOUR POCKETS RIGHT NOW, RFR…WHATCHA GOT?
BM: Camera, train ticket to Chang Mai, 400 baht
TD: Guitar pick, keys, phone, hopes and dreams
TV: Gum wrappers, ticket stubs, contraband, & a special someones hand;)
WH: Receipts from the cigarette cartons I illegally imported for Nick, three crinkled dollar bills… nights are long in NYC
NF: Keys, Camel Lights, a Bic lighter and my precious – what else could I possibly need?

ONE THING WE WOULD NEVER GUESS BY JUST LOOKING AT YOU?
BM: Nick’s answer is a lie!! I love cooking.
TD: I was a jazz drummer in High School and also played drums in the pep band.
TV: I used to play Texas high school football, like “Friday Night Lights” ladies. My brother was way better t - christabelletheblog.com


Cool Peep(s) of the Week: The Gentlemen of Reserved for Rondee

6
FEB
By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset

WHO IS ARE THESE “COOL PEEPS”: RESERVED FOR RONDEE: Billy Magnussen, Tom Degnan, Trevor Vaughn, Nick Fokas, & Warren Hemenway
What do you get when you mix 5 NYC men, a roomful of instruments, a distinctly unique sound, a passion for music and, oh, did I mention five very handsome men already? What you have is the Manhattan based indie band Reserved for Rondee…an exhilarating rock-melodic treat for your soul. If you are looking for the hottest addition to the NYC music scene – look no further. You have found it. I am officially the “un-official” President of their fan club…


RFR Guitarist
Billy Magnussen

RFR Bassist
Tom Degnan

RFR Lead Singer
Trevor Vaughn

RFR Guitarist
Nick Fokas

RFR Drummer
Warren Hemenway
Reserved for Rondee has earned the title of New York City’s most beloved emerging band…selling out at venues like the Lower East Side’s famed Arlene’s Grocery, Mercury Lounge and The Saint (on the Jersey Shore). With inspiration that draws from “…classic artists like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2 and contemporary artists like the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Arcade Fire, Reserved for Rondee blends imagination and style into a mystic rock journey”. Aside from that – this is a group of genuinely cool, down-to-Earth,and multi-dimensional men…(who also happen to be ridiculously talented and witty – charmed ones for sure). And as they hit the studio this month to begin recording their first full length album (“epic” is the word I kept hearing) – these five extroverted musicians kindly put aside a few hours to chat with me. Yes, I am a very lucky gal.

RESERVED FOR RONDEE: Billy Magnussen, Tom Degnan, Trevor Vaughn, Nick Fokas, & Warren Hemenway


Reserved for Rondee at famed
NYC Arlene’s Grocery
January 2013
A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?
BM: I love all of u. Traveling!! Jumping through fire. Q-tips. Little puppies.
TD: Hugs, CC, Chuck Norris, Christmas, the music of the Frank Sinatra, Legos, family, friends, and pork chop sandwiches. (Note from CC: Thanks Tom! Your my fave too…)
TV: Besides universal love, I’d say imagination rocks pretty hard. I’m ruled by Venus so beautiful women obviously (like Christabelle). Can’t leave out a great steak & wine!
WH: Twizzlers on the subway, coffee and a NY Post. Did anyone buy Hostess yet?? I’m dying for some freaking Ho-Hos!!!
NF: Well aside from my favorite blog, ChristabelleTheBlog.com, I’m addicted to Pawn Stars. I can sit and watch that show all day. And I have.

WHAT IS PLAYING ON YOUR IPOD RIGHT NOW?
BM: The Macabees
TD: The Lonely Island
TV: My Pandora is on Beirut currently
WH: The Kelly Bell Band (Homegrown)
NF: Live Led Zeppelin bootlegs or Motown

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HAUNT?
BM: The Gaf Bar, NYC
TD: Linebacker Pub, South Bend, Indiana
TV: Sunswick is a killer beer bar in Astoria, where I hang my hat. Chill atmosphere & artist’s galore.
WH: Claddagh Pub Baltimore (I’ve been thrown out 3 x and was brought back after a brief timeout each time.They know me there). Double Wide LES NYC (Home)
NF: The Druid’s Den in Rome, Italy. An Irish bar staffed by ex-pat Brits in the heart of Rome? Does it get any better than that? And I’m still a big fan of Epstein’s bar on the Lower East Side. Outdoor picnic tables and some of the best burgers in NYC? Can’t beat that on a nice day. Hope it doesn’t turn into a Chase branch or a cupcake shop any time soon.


Photo Credit:
Massimo Di Giovanna
WHEN YOU ARE ALONE AND YOU THINK NO ONE IS WATCHING YOU…?
BM: I love wearing a sarong around my house (ha-ha). Trying to intercept people blowing kisses.
TD: I watch re-runs of “The Facts of Life”, I write poetry, I try and intercept Nick’s attempts to take over the world.
TV: Lord! What don’t I do..Yell at current events on my computer, nude improve dance, impersonations are always fair game, sing/muse upon the Great Spirit. (Note from CC: Trevor, we kind of ALL want your home address to watch nude improve dance through your window)
WH: I do the robot while singing I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner.
NF: Plotting various methods for world domination. So far none have been successful.

EMPTY YOUR POCKETS RIGHT NOW, RFR…WHATCHA GOT?
BM: Camera, train ticket to Chang Mai, 400 baht
TD: Guitar pick, keys, phone, hopes and dreams
TV: Gum wrappers, ticket stubs, contraband, & a special someones hand;)
WH: Receipts from the cigarette cartons I illegally imported for Nick, three crinkled dollar bills… nights are long in NYC
NF: Keys, Camel Lights, a Bic lighter and my precious – what else could I possibly need?

ONE THING WE WOULD NEVER GUESS BY JUST LOOKING AT YOU?
BM: Nick’s answer is a lie!! I love cooking.
TD: I was a jazz drummer in High School and also played drums in the pep band.
TV: I used to play Texas high school football, like “Friday Night Lights” ladies. My brother was way better t - christabelletheblog.com



"New York’s Reserved for Rondee are a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but seriously keeps its punch well spiked and its sound sweaty and aggressive. A strong 6-piece rock mob, Reserved for Rondee has been known to occasionally bring in some additional strings and/or keys, depending on the night. " - The LoDown NY



"New York’s Reserved for Rondee are a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but seriously keeps its punch well spiked and its sound sweaty and aggressive. A strong 6-piece rock mob, Reserved for Rondee has been known to occasionally bring in some additional strings and/or keys, depending on the night. " - The LoDown NY


"Reserved for Rondee is quickly rising in the ranks as one of New York's beloved emerging bands." - Christabelle's Closet


"Reserved for Rondee is quickly rising in the ranks as one of New York's beloved emerging bands." - Christabelle's Closet


"Reserved for Rondee closed on a high note, with the in-your-face energy that most bands only hope to achieve. Despite the fact that the group only formed in November 2010, they’ve created a pure, indie rock sound that honors upbeat bands like Arcade Fire while blazing new paths. "City" was a perfect example: familiar in its chord progressions, but with an experimental edge. It also proved an exceptional vehicle for Trevor Vaughn's Thom Yorke-like vocal (and stage) stylings. Their whirlwind of a set was the ideal way to end the rocking night." - Feast of Music


"Reserved for Rondee closed on a high note, with the in-your-face energy that most bands only hope to achieve. Despite the fact that the group only formed in November 2010, they’ve created a pure, indie rock sound that honors upbeat bands like Arcade Fire while blazing new paths. "City" was a perfect example: familiar in its chord progressions, but with an experimental edge. It also proved an exceptional vehicle for Trevor Vaughn's Thom Yorke-like vocal (and stage) stylings. Their whirlwind of a set was the ideal way to end the rocking night." - Feast of Music


"...fun-loving rock outfit...a stellar set!" - Interview Magazine


"...fun-loving rock outfit...a stellar set!" - Interview Magazine


Discography

Year Of Warrin' (Video single 2011)
R F R (EP 2012)
Back in Velvet (Album 2013)

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Bio

Reserved For Rondee was founded in New York City in 2010 by Billy Magnussen (guitar), Tom Degnan (bass) and Warren Hemenway (drums). With the addition of Nick Fokas (guitar) and the electrifying Trevor Vaughn (vocals), the lineup was complete. Reserved for Rondee has been packing club venues around the NYC area with its exciting and diverse brand of indie rock ever since. Drawing inspiration from classic artists like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, The Who, and U2 and contemporary artists like the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Arcade Fire, Reserved for Rondee blends imagination and style into a mystic rock journey.

Without any outside assistance RFR starting out playing intimate Lower East Side venues (Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Bowery Electric), RFR quickly progressed to headlining at more spacious clubs (Mercury Lounge and Brooklyn's Glasslands & The Knitting Factory) and supporting national touring acts at theater-sized venues (Irving Plaza and the Gramercy Theater).

In 2011 Reserved For Rondee released its debut video "Year of Warrin'", which was followed up in 2012 by the release of the band's debut self-titled EP.

In 2012 Reserved For Rondee also embarked upon a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording it's 1st full-lenth album, Back in Velvet. The campaign led to the band being featured in a profile in Interview Magazine.

On August 21, 2013 Reserved for Rondee released its debut record "Back in Velvet " to a sold out crowd at The historic Bowery Ballroom in New York City .