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...coming September 2007


Feeling a bit camera shy


From the blue skied, wooded space between Baltimore and Washington D.C. arises a starry-eyed quartet endeavoring to define an independent new genre. In a sea of powerpop and pop-punk outfits, Syncope (sin-co-pE) is a refreshing mix of transcendent melodies, endless harmonic decoration, and tasteful use of progressive rhythms that venture into sophisticated time signatures. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Colin Meloy and Nick Drake, lyrical content ranges from ghosts avenging their death to relationships divided by oceans to a take on Tom Robbin’s book Still Life with Woodpecker.

The band began after songwriter and pianist Justin Levy obtained his degree in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2006. He set out to form a band with like-minded individuals; a high school friend and classmate at the University of Maryland, drummer John Theuerkauf was the first to become part of the band as it is today. For months afterwards, the two struggled with many guitarists and bassists until Dave Rogoza, a jazz guitar major at Towson University, caught their attention. The trio began playing shows in the Baltimore area with Justin covering the bass lines with his left hand on the piano. After a series of heartbreak and deceit forced bassist Allin Hinton out of his former band, he immediately became part of the current lineup and is recuperating nicely.

In their work and study, the notemakers of Syncope may perhaps be as diverse as the music they create. Justin works as a scientist at the National Institutes of Health and teaches drumset lessons part time. John works as a mechanical engineer and operates on HVAC systems. Dave majors in commercial jazz guitar at Towson University and studies with the acclaimed Steve Herberman and Allin studies business at the University of Maryland in College Park focusing on business law.

Anxiously awaiting the September release of their full-length debut album, the band aims to win the hearts of captive audiences locally and on weekend tours to the northeast and beyond.