The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt

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The essence of The Roosevelt's sound is found where modern rock meets indie-folk, a nexus where all disputes are resolved by Neil Young, and all decisions are final (think big star meets skip spence).

Biography

The Roosevelt was formed in late 2005 out of a series of solo recordings by front man Jon Mosher. Beginning with a handful of rehearsals in a pre-War apartment building in Northeast Washington D.C. (from which the group takes its name), the foursome quickly adopted those songs as their own, each adding his own flavor and style from personal influences. Listeners can hear traces of folk, punk, Americana, indie-pop, and plain old rock-’n-roll; all blended in a way that is at once playful and haunting.

Jon Mosher leads the group on vocals and guitars, joined by drummer Chris Carney, lead guitarist Sam Mitchell, and Scott Remley on bass. Within a few months of formation, the group had earned the attention of underground D.C. press for their presence and “polished songs with memorable hooks.”

In June 2006, The Roosevelt traveled north to Brooklyn, N.Y., to record its debut release with producer John Davis of The Bunker Studio. The result, entitled “EP” and released on D.C.-based Portable Wicker Records that fall, blends sparse indie-pop and alt-whatever-you-want-to-call-it roots with artfully interwoven rhythms and melodies. As one reviewer noted, “they give the impression of being both fans and musicians, which is what makes the EP so much fun.” The Roosevelt plans to tour the East Coast in late 2006 and early 2007.

Discography

The Roosevelt | EP (Portable Wicker, 2006)
Tranquilizers (internet-only single release, 2005) -- available at www.theroosevelt.net; aired on ShutUp! (WLOY Baltimore) and Wander Radio Podcast #3

Set List

American Drunk
Mistress & The Lipstick
Mary
Tranquilizers
Elliott
Coney Island
Concerning Ira
Start It Over
When I'm Good
Codeine Cure
All My Friends