Rombis | Beirut

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Beirut

by Rombis

A high-energy rock band with a retro groove/ Indie Rock flare. Fusing elements of acid rock, absurdity and funk, R O M B I S has gained the respect of national recording artists such as Chad Taylor, guitarist for LIVE,and solo artist, John Eddy.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Beirut
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2. Anima
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3. Cover
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4. How To Get Back From Here
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5. Bourbon St.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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R O M B I S , a group of musicians hailing from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is a high-energy rock band, which is quickly becoming a powerful force on the music scene after only a few years in existence. Pitting themselves against the current undertow of musical mediocrity, they have remained resilient in the face of lineup changes, near death experiences, pending prison sentences and artistic conformity. All the while maintaining a formidable musical presence and in the process acquiring a talent for fusing elements of modern rock, acid rock and funk to put on an electrifying live show. Their brazen lifestyles combined with their creative sensitivities form an explosive brand of edgy and experimental original music that gives voice to their observations of political absurdity, isolation, social awareness as well as catering to the bad angels on their shoulders telling them to spin the night into oblivion. That's right...it's rock and roll!! Performing and recording has earned ROMBIS a base of fans aging 18 to 30-something and has gained them the respect of some high profile names. - The band kicks ass!


"Listening to Rombis is like surfing the Net: You keep finding stuff you never even imagined existed, and suddenly you realize it's four hours later...How four guys can have so much fun playing music this intense is beyond me, but they do."

Jack Roberts, The Intelligencer Journal newspaper

"...a raw, talented, tight band. Songs are fantastic, style is great, stage presence is wild and they don't sound like anything but THEM - one of the most unique bands I've ever seen."
- Darcie Miner
- The Darcie Miner Band


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Fly Magazine - Peter Baker

four out of five thumbs up
…Sounding something like a mix between Phish, Primus, and Frank Zappa, Rombis’ bizarre sense of humor permeates the disc, particularly on the opening track…Most of the songs on the disc are upbeat jams with Bluesy bass parts and modern production values. The third song, “Cover”, is a spacey blues number with a nice harmonica part by spercussionist/singer Matt Branstetter. Lead guitarist Tim White’s solos really burn, and Vocalist/bassist Rob Peterson’s smooth bass lines propel the songs. Imagine a jam band that knows how to keep their stuff concise and has a sense of humor and the ability to rock out and you have Rombis.

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“Anima” is propelled by a driving, melodic bass line and a solid backbeat, coupled with some funky guitar chords. Early on, the upbeat song dives right into a strong solo, courtesy of guitarist Tim White, before moving back into another verse. The structure of the chorus is noteworthy, and finds bassist/vocalist Rob Peterson chanting “Anima” over an intricate bass line that must be pretty challenging to pull off live (which, by the way, he does pull off).

“Cover” is a mellow, yet bluesy, flange-laden track featuring nice syncopated bass and drum rhythms in the verse resulting in a subtle groove that is quite effective. The effect on Branstetter’s harmonica resonates ominously throughout parts of the song, sounding very reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks”. The song builds up to a short slide guitar solo, and then breaks down to a drum/percussion/vocal section and the song is gently laid to rest.

Alex Greenberg/PA Musician Magazine

These guys know what they're doing!
Expressionistic lyrics, acid rock epic scope arrangements,occasional flashes of truly deadly instrumental mastery,wonderful mixtures of both vocal and instrumental textures, including essential and often ethereal harp solos,and jack in the box appearances of super distorted, fuzzy, nasty electric lead work make this six song collection an outstanding effort. Each song is a trip of sorts and the whole matter is done with a good natured experimental immersion into the groove. Rombis is not going to satiate you with empty calories;they seem to demand more from themselves and their audience. But with songs like the absolutely masterful "Cover", it's not too much to ask at all.