The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen

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The Gentlemen are an indie pop group consisting of three brothers who emphasize melody and rythm through their music. Influences include the Kinks, The Jam, Supergrass, The Zombies, The Who and Blur. Britpop and Garage are genres the band is fond of as well.

Biography

The Gentlemen are the story of three brothers whose desire to make music together and drive to get that music heard has brought them through tribulations to get to the point at which you, the reader, have this in your hands (or on your monitor).
Dave Roesch (30), plays the bass guitar, Matthew Roesch (24), plays the guitars and sings while Mikey Roesch (31), plays the drums. Due to the age difference between the three, Dave and Mike grew up playing together and Matt (always the younger) had to learn and play by himself while his older brothers were going to college and living in New York City, all the while playing in bands together. When Matt came of age he presented his abilities to his brothers who had coincidentally just returned home from New York. The three headed to the Cincinnati music scene in 2001 and started a band called The Seventies with two other long time friends aboard. After six months of great shows, impressive press and catchy tunes they called it quits due to incessant bickering among the brothers, fans were none to happy. Matt and Dave decided to carry on without Mike (who went on to play in Color Test and formed The Reaction), and formed The Autumn Blackouts. The Autumn Blackouts met critical acclaim when they were featured in Midpoint Music Festival 2003 and were chosen from the hundreds of acts that performed to be one of the few bands listed in the Cincinnati Enquier’s coverage of the event. The same year they made WOXY’s 97 Exposure and were one of the top twenty acts to be exposed. Oddly enough, with popularity increasing The Blackouts split up, a reoccuring theme in the Roesch’s musical history. Across town in another studio space Mike’s band, the Reaction, were calling it quits as well, ironic? After much time had passed and wounds had healed the siblings decided they were best when they played together and decided to start a new band. Enter The Gentlemen.
Much of the disagreements between the three have been musical, and now that they’ve decided to put pettiness behind their musical differences are being used as a vehicle for diversity rather than feul for fights. Through their musical differences, the one mainstay is their love of Rock-n-Roll and the Gentlemen are definately a Rock-n-Roll band with a melodic pop sensibilty. Matt’s unique ear for melody seems to hypnotise his audiences immediately while Dave and Mike’s rythym is undeniably danceable, given that they’ve been playing together since they were ten. Undoubtedly, melody is the driving force in the Gentlemens’ music and they wear this proudly, particularly in a musical time where melody seems to be a lost tool in mainstream popular music. The Gentlemen are looking to help bring melody driven pop music back by following in the footsteps of bands such as The Kinks, XTC, Blur, The Jam, The Beach Boys and The Apples in Stereo. Given their passion, their roots and, above all, their songs, the Gentlemen are certainly a band who promises to make their place in pop music history.

Set List

Paul Newman, Here This
Divy
You and I
Sick Again
She Had the Same Name as Me
No Sisters
Upper Schools
In This Life
I've Waited Far Too Long
As Long as You Think That's Fair
Shazam Wolfman
Listening to Chopin
Model Dream
Citizen Jane

We perform one hour long set

Covers:
Down in the Tube Station - The Jam
Police On My Back - The Clash
Reel Around the Fountain - The Smiths
Dirty Dream #2 - Belle and Sebastian