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"Griswold teen band wins the battle of the bands in Hartford"

Winning the battle of the bands in Hartford, against other bands with members much older than them, was an experience the 16-year-olds perhaps will always remember. Only in high school this young Indie rock band, The Quiet Room, has already received 20 hours of recording time at Zippah Recordings in Boston, sponsored by Gorilla Music Inc., based in Ohio.

On Friday afternoon, after school, the boys got together at George Brudermann , the lead vocalist’s home in Griswold , to talk about the band and to practice for the upcoming show the next day. They played one of their favorite songs, “She Kissed Me.” Their music, which Brudermann and Cameron Schaen, the lead guitarist, writes, is inspired by the Resident Anarchist, an Indie band, they said.
“Our songs are usually about girls, and about what teenagers go through, some positives and some negatives,” said Luke Roberge, who plays drums, and sometimes with his shirt off during shows. “What he lacks in size, he makes up with a shirtless performance with powerful beats,” said Nick’s father, Mark Bellaro.
The boys have had constant support from their families. They said that the guitars, and other instruments, were Christmas gifts from their families. And the band is like a family for the boys. Songwriters, Brudermann and Schaen said the two disagree about a lot of things. “We both are perfectionists,” said Brudermann, who also plays the bass guitar. “We hate each other, we love each other,” he said. Schaen said they argue about really small things, but get along when it comes to music.
“We get a kick out of music,” said Brudermann, when asked why they wanted to start a band. Roberge had a better reason. “We are not good in sports or athletics, but this is what we do, and we rock,” he said. The teens attend Griswold High School.
Bellaro, who was the last person to join the band, plays the responsible role of getting the band together and being disciplined about practicing and preparing . “He’s the most adult among us,” said Brudermann of his friend and band member, Ballero.
During the conversation, the boys talked about the qualities that each bring to the table. “Cameron is an extremely quick learner, Luke’s an awesome drummer, and George, our singer, he’s the soul of band,” echoed the boys. Brudermann, somewhat embarrassed by the compliment, jokingly said, “So are you guys the fatty tissue around the soul?”
After a little chit chat, the teens got up to play some music. In Brudermann’s parents’ basement, along with some exercise machines, they had a set up the drums and speakers, and played a powerful , yet rhythmic beat.
They said that it usually takes only one round of practice when they have a new song. So far, The Quiet Room has about nine songs. The first time they recorded , it was in a closet room of some local rappers, Dan Johnson, a.k.a. NME and Skobie. The duo, they said, mentored them and are always around for their shows.
When asked what they thought about the popular TV show “American Idol,” the teen musicians said that they don’t care much for the popular culture and don’t watch much TV. - Reminder News


"Music Review: ‘No Probe-Lamo’ surprisingly impressive"

Listening to The Quiet Room’s latest EP, “No Probe-Lamo,” I had to keep reminding myself these guys are 16 and from Jewett City — and the album was basically recorded in a closet. The production quality is great and the vocals and instrumentation sound comparable to any pop-punk album you’ve heard on the radio.


Pop-punk may not be the best label to slap on this band — it’s not completely accurate, it never is. Pop-punk seems to me like a sub-genre label that was invented because kids that love the Ramones wanted to be called “punk” even though they weren’t really playing punk-rock. In my opinion, you’re either punk or you’re pop — you’re not both. Most pop-punk bands are really just pop or rock — and there’s nothing wrong with that. For the record, The Quiet Room don’t categorize themselves as pop-punk. Their MySpace page says they’re indie/rock/alternative — all of which are true. Musical sub-genres are so fickle.


On this record I can hear a little early Weezer, maybe some Jimmy Eat World, definitely some “Dude Ranch”-era Blink 182. The Quiet Room seems to have picked up the best parts of the “pop-punk” genre without lapsing into the whininess of today’s version of it.


The band is George Brudermann on lead vocals and bass, Nick Bellaro on rhythm guitar and back-up vocals, Cameron Schaen on lead guitar and Luke Roberge on drums. The guys recently won a battle of the bands competition at the Webster Theater in Hartford. It’s easy to hear why.


The EP starts strong with the anthemic “Willing.” Catchy guitars give way to classic pop vocals. It’s hard not to bob your head as back-up vocals fill out the deliberate chorus before Roberge’s high-hat kicks in, bringing us back up to a dancey pop tempo.


“You’re too much of a good thing,” sings Brudermann on the second track. A slightly more melodic song eases the listener into the remaining four tracks of the EP. Grinding guitars open “Recipient” and carry Brudermann’s accusing vocals, accented at times with Bellaro’s harmonies.


The real gem on this record is “Maine.” Acoustic guitar opens softly before drums and Schaen’s familiar electric kick in. Here’s where you might compare the guys to early Weezer. “Maine is cold, so please don’t go,” sings Brudermann in another sing-along inspiring chorus. An electric guitar solo leads into a last quieter verse before drums kick up and the guys close out the best song on the EP.


Acoustic guitar and what sounds like mandolin are featured on “Crack of Noon,” showing The Quiet Room’s versatility and ending the EP on a high note. The song reminds me of Jimmy Eat World’s “Hear You Me” from the “Bleed American” album. It’s another teen anthem — “I will miss all of you/remembering the good times and the bad/never forget the fun we’ve had …” sings Brudermann. Seems like an appropriate way to close out what is a fun listen and surprisingly good album.


Expect to hear more from The Quiet Room in the future. They’re not going anywhere but up. - Norwich Bulletin


"Griswold’s The Quiet Room wins battle of the bands at Webster Theater"

When you’re 16 and performing in front of adults who are taunting and waving the traditionally not-nice finger at you from the crowd at a battle of the bands competition, it could be a little daunting.


Unless you end up winning.


The Quiet Room — George Brudermann, Cameron Schaen, Nicholas Bellaro and Luke Roberge — won the Gorilla Productions Battle of the Bands Feb. 22 at the Webster Underground in Hartford. According to Bellaro’s father, Mark, there were at least 80-100 bands involved in the competition.


“There were older bands, guys in their 20s and 30s, but the crowd loved them,” Mark Bellaro said. He and Cindy Brudermann said some of the competitors heckled them as they played, but the crowd drowned them out, getting into their indie rock sound.


“It was emotionally unexpected,” Schaen said. “None of us thought we’d win.”


The win earned the band, who’s music is almost Greenday-like, $500 cash, 20 hours of professional studio time, submission of their CD to a major label and a headline show at the Webster.


The Griswold High School students have been playing together for only the last eight months. Brudermann and Schaen began two years ago, first talking about different musical groups and eventually sitting down and starting to jam.


“It was kind of awkward at first,” Brudermann said. “The first time I sat down and tried the drums, I didn’t know what I was doing.”


Eventually, because of Schaen’s interest in — and his father’s ties to — the band Hot Rod Circuit, the four teens, who have all had some formal training in music, began playing together, and The Quiet Room was born.


“I’m a fan of the old ’70s (The Incredible) ‘Hulk’ show and it was the most boring episode when he was in the mental institution, but I kind of liked the name, ‘The Quiet Room,’ ” Schaen said of the band’s name.


Then came outside help: Jewett City rapper Dan Johnson, a.k.a., N.M.E., and John Skobrak, a local performer, took the boys under their wings. Skobrak helped them record their demo — in a small room where the vocal “room” was literally a closet with foam — and Johnson made sure to appear at all their shows and promote them at his own. Michael Barrett of Camaro Signs has also been a major contributor to exposure.


The Quiet Room is Roberge on drums, Bellaro on guitar and vocals, Schaen on guitar and Brudermann on vocals and bass.


“They’ve all known each other since junior high and they’ve all got really goofy personalities that mesh well,” Cindy Brudermann said. “To sit back and watch that, and then to see them on stage — they get the crowd going.”


The Quiet Room’s next show will be Saturday (March 7) at P.J. O’Connor’s in Jewett City. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the band said they should be going on around 5:45 p.m. There’s a $5 fee for the event. Schaen and Brudermann will play an acoustic set at 7 p.m. on March 28 at the The Backstage Pass (El-N-Gee Club) in New London. For more information about The Quiet Room, visit www.myspace.com/TheQuietRoomband

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The Quiet Room
Hometown: Griswold.
Genre: Pop punk.
Members: Luke Roberge, George Brudermann, Cameron Schaen and Nicholas Bellaro.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thequietroomband

If you go
What: The Quiet Room live.
When: 5:45 pm Saturday. Doors open at 1 p.m.
Where: P.J. O’Connor’s, 12 S. Main St., Jewett City.
Price: $5.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thequietroomband - Norwich Bulletin


Discography

"No Probe-Lamo" 2008 EP
"Have We Learned Anything Yet?" 2009 EP Recorded @ Zippah Studios in Boston

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The band got their start in the Fall of 2006, jammin’ out in a garage covering their original influence Hot Rod Circuit. Original founders were lead guitarist Cameron Schaen and vocalist/bass George Brudderman. Cameron brings his eclectic personality and guitar solos that blows away the crowd. Bruderman will always have you laughing with his unique humor on stage, and behind the scenes writes majority of the bands lyrics. A year later, drummer Luke Roberge joined the band, short in statue but can play the drums like a giant. After a few tries for finding a permanent rhythm guitar player, TQR landed Nick Bellaro in the summer of 2008. Nick is eye candy in the true sense of the word, and has a true passion for music. The members are 16 years old and attend Griswold high school in southeastern connecticut.

Now all together, the band began rolling with their live performances at local music venues. Their energetic music will have you pumping your fists in the air singing their catchy choruses. They are an upbeat indie rock band with a fresh unique sound.

TQR finished their winter tour dates on top. They won a Battle of the Bands, hosted by Gorilla Productions at the Webster Underground in Hartford, CT. The Quiet Room played their best set yet, even causing a neck injury to one of their fans. Prizes from victory include studio time and submission of their demo to major label!

In May, the band recorded their second EP "Have we learned anything yet?" It was recorded at Zippah Recording Studio in Boston, MA. It will be released May 30th at their EP Release party at The Space in Hamden, CT.

This Summer the band plans on doing a North East Tour hitting Delaware to Maine and everywhere in between. We are booking now and have some shows set up already.