The Rhythm Merchant

The Rhythm Merchant

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The Rhythm Merchant is a high-energy indie rock power trio with funk, reggae, and punk rock influences. The Rhythm Merchant belongs on the same mix tape as bands like the Chili Peppers, Weezer, and The White Stripes.

Biography

The Rhythm Merchant is the definition of DIY indie rock. After writing music on a limited basis for various rock and funk projects, Dave learned the bass, began writing songs for himself, and started The Rhythm Merchant.

2001 brought the release of the first cd, "In the Pocket." “I Think” and “Rollin Along” found their way onto college and web-based radio stations in the U.S and Europe. In 2002, the video for “Rollin Along” was featured in the New York International Independent Film Festival in Madison Square Garden.

After learning a great deal about recording and promoting a band from the trial by fire that came with the first album, Dave started inDIY Records. The title of the 2004 release "One Man, a Bass, Some Drums and a Mic" tells a lot about the project. Dave Grammerstorf wrote, performed, and recorded all of the material on the cd.

The current Rhythm Merchant lineup formed in 2004. Pat Dudgeon (bass) and Eric Arico (guitar) joined Dave in the band to bring the high-energy Rhythm Merchant material to the people. Fans are often caught off guard by the unorthodox live setup: Eric and Pat wail away next to Dave, who sings while standing behind his drum kit. You can catch The Rhythm Merchant live in venues throughout the New York metropolitan area, including Kenny's Castaways, Trash Bar, Blaggards Pub, The Alphabet Lounge, The Whiskey Bar, and Zoo City.

The trio is on the verge of releasing Trampoline, due out on June 2008. This will be the first recording featuring all three members.

Lyrics

Crazy Girls

Written By: David Grammerstorf

Step 1 I see you, think you're great.
Step 2 I take you out on a date.
Step 3 I'm telling my friends that
My baby not crazy, maybe she just unique.

Step 4 I never wanna be apart.
Step 5 you stray and break my heart.
Step 6 so sad and lonely that I start all over again at step one next week.

Why do I always find the crazy girls?
Oh is it something about me?
Why do I always drive those crazy girls crazy?
Why can't I get away from the crazy girls?
Why won't they just let me be?
I got to get away.

Not diggin the girls you introduce.
Not diggin the way your eyes accuse.
Not saying that they're not cool but I feel what I feel and I'm not feeling a thing.

Dejected I'm stepping out tonight.
Discouraged, but I'm still in the fight.
I've done it all before but I'll do it again and I'll see what the night'll bring.

Why do I always find the crazy girls?
Oh is it something about me?
Why do I always drive those crazy girls crazy?
Why can't I get away from the crazy girls?
Why won't they just let me be?
I got to get away.

You know I just can't get away.

Can't Knock Me Down

Written By: David Grammerstorf

Sometimes I feel like a pimp.
And I can do anything that I want.
And I could just go up to any girl I want to and ask for a little bit of love.
Then sometimes I'm feeling like a freak.
And ain't nobody want none of me.
And when the girlees see me walking down the street towards them they walk to the other side.

And at those times I feel like a pusillanimous man.
And so I sit and think about my life.

And then I'm feeling like a rock.
And all my troubles bounce right off of me.
And I know that I could weather any kind of storm that life throws at me.
Then I am a dandelion seed.
Weighing next to nothing at all.
And I feel like even the slightest breeze could pick me up and carry me away.

And at those times I feel like a pusillanimous man.
And so I sit and think about my life.
Those fleeting thoughts fly by like a dark cloud in the wind.
An interlude of shadow on a day of light.

You can't knock me down.

Broken Me

Written By: David M. Grammerstorf

Well now you've done it.
Now you've gone and done it.
Now you've done it.
You've gone and broken me.

I think that you're from Hades.
Forged in the flames of Hades.
I'm thinkin you're from Hades.
All cinder and ash in your wake.

From the moment you walked in my door.
My eyes got no shine anymore.
You know that you suck all the life out of me.

Well now you've done it.
Now you've gone and done it.
Now you've done it.
You've gone and broken me.

Day and night blend together.
Day and night they runnin together.
Day and night blend together.
My food ain't got no taste.

My friends they don't come round no more.
Keep hoping I'll walk out that door.
They know that you suck all the life out of me.

Your love is a threadbare gossamer shawl.
It covers me but I'm cold at the core.

You smothered my spirit with haste.
Been fearful since I had a taste.
That if I should leave you I'll die all alone.

Well now you've done it.
Now you've gone and done it.
Now you've done it.
You've gone and broken me.

Discography

Album #3 (featuring current lineup): Trampoline....Coming Early 2008
Album #2: One Man, a Bass, Some Drums and a Mic
Album #1: In the Pocket

Set List

Our current full set list approaches two hours in length, with some cover songs rounding out the set. It often looks something like this:

Ire
In Recovery
Blindfold
Can't Knock Me Down
Greeting Song (Chili Peppers cover)
Big Gun
No Control (Bad Religion cover)
Luno (Bloc Party cover)
I Think
Ain't Nobody Never Told Me
Time
She's Lost Control (Joy Division cover)
The Waiting Room (Fugazi cover)
My First Beer
Broken Me
Somehow I Know
Naked in the City (Hot Hot Heat cover)
Crazy Girls
Revolution 92