Ritter

Ritter

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Ritter is a Power-pop band hailing from the hardworking town of Allentown, PA. Over the last five years they have accomplished many feats including: Three studio albums, Warped Tour, a self-booked national tour, hosting local concerts, and Musikfest.

Biography

Named after the street where the band formed (and not the late actor) Ritter
plays a very unique brand of power rock and has been astounding audiences
night after night since 2001.

As the world entered a new millennium, bassist Joe DeRugeriis decided it was
time for a change. He transferred to Kutztown University and out of his
hometown of Newtown Sq, PA (just outside of Philadelphia).

DeRugeriis began to attend local punk rock shows in the Lehigh Valley and
after witnessing how amazing the local scene was, it was clear to him that
he needed to get back into music. Reaching out to only person he knew in the
area, DeRugeriis contacted a fiery high school senior by the name of Justin
Fowler. Following a slightly awkward conversation, Fowler had agreed to get
together with DeRugeriis to discuss forming a band.

Luckily, Fowler had been spending much of his time writing songs. Fowler's
songs, which were very catchy and quite advanced for a 17 year old, blew
DeRugeriis away instantly and he convinced lead vocalist and guitarist
Fowler that they needed to find additional members to make their music a
reality. Fowler and DeRugeriis contacted guitarist Andrew Rehrig, who was a
childhood friend of Fowler's. Rehrig was more than qualified for the role of
lead guitarist. Fowler had a history with Rehrig, having played in bands
with him in the past. In the interest of adding “old buddies” to the mix,
DeRugeriis contacted drummer TJ Dockray to complete their line-up in the
fall of 2001. DeRugeriis and Dockray had also played together in the past
and Dockray was a young veteran of the local rock scene.

With the addition of Dockray, Ritter's lineup was complete. With the talent
and drive of these four young musicians, Ritter was ready to take the Lehigh
Valley and beyond by storm.

As the band enters 2007 (and their mid-twenties), Ritter can certainly look
back on the last five years with satisfaction. They have sold out venues
across Allentown, PA, self-booked a national tour, and played many major
venues in the tri-state area including:

Tweeter Center ¬ Camden, NJ
Theatre of Living Arts ¬ Philadelphia, PA
Trocadero Theatre ¬ Philadelphia, PA
Crocodile Rock Café ¬ Allentown, PA
The Silo Nightclub ¬ Reading, PA
Musikfest ¬ Bethlehem, PA
and many, many more.

Ritter has also shared bills with several national acts including The
Starting Line, The Ataris, Yellowcard, Dead Kennedys, Punchline, Bigwig, Catch 22, Over It, Zebrahead, Yo La Tengo, Talib Kweli and more.

At the present time, Ritter looks forward to their next full length album to
be released in early 2007.

Lyrics

Youth vs. You [2007]

Written By: Joe DeRugeriis

I hear a voice saying make a change
And don’t be like all the rest
But I ignore and I succumb to
”You could have been the best”

Jump in my car and hit the gas
Leave my sorrows in the past

All eyes on me
Tonight is the night (of youth versus you)
Surprisingly
I’m feelin’ alright
A smile on my face

I hear a voice saying make a plan
And go see what’s in this world
When I comeback I’ll be sure to conquer
Everything that you’ve heard

I’m ready now and I will go
Flip the switch and start the show

Woah oh oh oh oh…

I’m doing fine
I’m taking my time
I’m finding my way of life
Tonight is the night

Burky [2007]

Written By: Justin Fowler

I’m losing ground everyday
and I’m fading with every breath that I take
Cause I can’t look past
These thoughts of hopelessness
and I hate to think
of all that I might miss

Was it something that I’ve said or done
That made you turn your back and run
Cause I know I’ve been good to you
I want to hear you scream my name
Broken hearts don’t beat the same
Cause I know I’ve been there before

It’s hard to take all of this with stride
while it disappears right before my eyes
and I don’t know where
where to go from here
Cause now I know
I know my biggest fear

Hope is
slowly
slipping through my hands
I won’t forget
and I don’t regret
all the times we spent

I guess that wasn’t good enough
It will never ever be enough
Cause I gave all that I could give

Free [2004]

Written By: Joe DeRugeriis

There was a time when it seemed so abstruse,
soiled and unfair
Now that’s diminished, all these wounds have healed
and I’ve got strength to spare

For the first time I feel so free

Regressive thoughts and declining views
have once reeled me in
But tales of conquered self-fidelity
have ceased to begin

For the first time I feel so free

Disheartened soul, submissive carelessness
Gambled away all my rights
There is no battle left for me to decide
Because I have won this fight

For the first time I feel so free

Monday [2004]

Written By: Joey DeRugeriis

Downstairs quick out the door
Late morning repertoire
Still idle, still idle

My mood still hasn't changed
I crack a smile not ashamed
I swear it, I swear it

I could have never spoke
I could have never spoke a single word
It always seems as if
It always seems as if you're just a breath away
I know what's on mind
You're simply on my mind, just furtive
Obsessions will not break
Obsessions will not break until I see you

Full boredom, yet I'm content
Not sure exactly where time went
It's standard, so standard

I don't even want to stop
Vivid thoughts just can't be topped
In spare time, in spare time

I could have never spoke
I could have never spoke a single word
It always seems as if
It always seems as if you're just a breath away
I know what's on mind
You're simply on my mind, just furtive
Obsessions will not break
Obsessions will not break until I see you

On Monday, I'll see you on Monday

I never wanted to
I never wanted to
Go in on sweet pursuit
cause I'm not good for you

Conflicting minds who knows
You keep me on my toes
and you will never know
no you will never know

You never let me down
So I'll keep you around
Shack up and shoot the breeze
We'll fill the void with ease

Your face starts off my week
So what if we don't speak
You're just a breath away...

On Monday, I'll see you on Monday

February [2001]

Written By: Justin Fowler

It's strange how time has come and gone
It seemed so long ago when we were having fun
But now time has passed and we've grown up
But you and I had good times

Beautiful February
Beautiful February

I remember playing with the kids
I remember all the talks on your back porch
We laughed and sometimes we just cried
But you and I had good times

Beautiful February
Beautiful February

I won't forget you friend, you're stuck in my head

11:30

Written By: Andrew Rehrig

Sometimes I fear our love
is falling down like the rain
To wash away all the
bad things we've done

Now it's making all our tears dry up
They'll dry up in time
As sure as that is
I'm not sure about us

Well it's almost eleven thirty
and I'm going to pass out
So please get off the phone with the wrong person
and call me and tell me how much, how much you want me

Because I feel the same
I'm being torn apart
everytime that I say "I need you",
that I may have fallen in love with the wrong person

Well it's almost eleven thirty
and I'm going to pass out
So please get off the phone with the wrong person
and call me and tell me how much, how much you want me

Sometimes I fear our love
is falling down like the rain
To wash away all the
bad things we've done

Now it's making all our tears dry up
They'll dry up in time
As sure as that is
I'm not sure about us

Well it's almost eleven thirty
and I'm going to pass out
So please get off the phone with the wrong person
and call me and tell me how much, how much you want me

Discography

Youth vs. You (to be released early spring '07)

Six Degrees of Variation (2004)

Demo (2001)

Set List

Ritter's current set list:

1. Youth vs. You
2. Alone
3. Burky
4. The fifth
5. Holy Manowar
6. What Other Movie was that Guy in?
7. Always
8. 11:30
9. Free
10. February

Alternates: Monday, Black Hole, Spirit of '97, Only Time Will Tell, Guilty, Don't Call Us We'll Call You

Selected Cover songs: I Want You to Want Me (Cheap Trick), She (Green Day), Blitzkreig Bop (The Ramones), Straight Up (Paula Abdul), A Praise Chorus (Jimmy Eat World)