the Misconceptions

the Misconceptions

 New York City, New York, USA

The Misconceptions are coming to your hometown to put up the Big Top, and to shed some light on every thing you take for granted. Welcome to Carnival Rock. Enjoy the ride.


The Misconceptions formed a few years back. With an ever-growing fan base and a wholly original sound (deemed "carnival rock"), the band returns with a brand spanking new 17-track album. And there are many happy faces now that The Misconceptions are playing their ever-changing live shows again -- after a short hiatus while Rossmer performed in a Broadway show and on TV as an actor.

The band is often compared to artists like Queen, Tom Waits, Phish, Ben Folds and The Beatles -- in essence, music and words that pull from a million different styles without the angst and burden of trying to save the world... just have fun.

David Rossmer (vocals, keyboards, ringleader) and Nathan A. Roberts (guitar, vocals, pony rides) started writing music together in Syracuse, New York in early 2002. They both had diverse musical backgrounds including classical training in various instruments, musical theater performance and production, and run-of-the-mill rock 'n roll...rocking.

If the music is a carnival, the members of the band are the showmen. The Misconceptions is made up of five unique, talented, and enthusiastic musicians, all who play multiple instruments.

The project that Rossmer and Roberts started recording in Syracuse would become the band's first album: "My Name is Rossmer." However, before the album could be completed, it needed a good beating. Kevin Adams (drums, vocals, house of mirrors) and Roberts grew up together in Southeastern Pennsylvania and had been in bands together since high school. It seemed only natural for Roberts to ask Adams to join in on the fun.

Rossmer recruited friend George Konidaris (saxophone, guitar, vocals, janitor), whom he had known since they were both kids in New York City. In addition to sax and guitar, Konidaris has also played the recorder, slide whistle, talking cow, keyboard, jaw harp, and cowbell on-stage -- the band's utility man.

The final attraction on the midway known as the Misconceptions is the bottom end. Brian Crotty (bass, vocals, tunnel of love) came to the band via his wife (yes ladies: he's taken), who was a coworker at one time or another of both Roberts and Adams. Though he originally signed on to play the bass and the bass alone, it was quickly discovered that his baritone was irresistible to the ladies, and his voice became featured in the band's live show.

After spending 2003-2004 playing in support of "My Name is Rossmer," exciting side projects and a not-so-exciting automobile accident forced the band to take a quick break from performing. However, in this time they did not stop writing and recording. While in the studio, the Misconceptions took what started as four new songs (most of which had become live favorites) and added to them an additional 13 songs, creating the long-awaited "Super Orange Happy Sauce," released this month. The band has now begun performing live dates again. They're bigger and badder and quirkier than before. Bring the carnival to your town!


Comic Bookworm Fantasies

Written By: David Rossmer

Inside Elevator Door,
One through sixth floor,
That's where she lives.
Is she just a piece of art?
Will she fall apart,
When you peel her off the shelf?
Oh, I'm in love with a white-haired girl.
And she's in love with, or so it seems,
This DJ named The Geek.
He's playing next week.
While I'm playing by myself.

Would she be as pretty real?
Would her eyes conceal one dimension?
If I hold her will she crease?
Is she just a piece
Of a puzzle or a maze?
Oh, I'm in love with a white-haired girl.
But she's in love with a one-eyed geek,
Who DJ's at the Hunt.
I bet he's seen her front
Curving a thousand ways.

Sitting in the middle is Mr. Jeff.
And he'd help me write this ditty,
But the boy just left.
And he knows she's hard to get.
He was there the night we met.
Comic Bookworm Fantasies have not outgrown me yet.

Was she painted by a man?
Was he, too, a fan?
Well he must be.
Does she ever feel the eyes
Looking at her thighs,
Drawn with pencil on a pad?
Oh, I'm quite blind to believe she'd be
Able to love something real like me.
But when I don't act my age
And she jumps off the page,
Art and life are not so bad.


"Super Orange Happy Sauce" -- released 2006
"My Name is Rossmer" -- released 2003

co-wrote and are featured on Dan Lipton's single "Potted Politics", released 2005

Set List

The Misconceptions can play as long or short as you like... but always include improvisation, addictive versions of cover songs and head-bopping goodness. A typical 50 minute set will contain 10-11 songs, with a couple of covers. Incidentally, we are very proud of the cover songs we choose to present. Each one must earn the Misconceptions seal of approval before it is realeased for public consumption.