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Jammin With Rootbound

Here’s the first band in town that we have heard a Black Sabbath cover from in awhile (aside from Right Turn Clyde). Rootbound is a modern metal band but they’re not too young to forget the original father of metal bands either.
Rootbound is made up of Lead Joey Vasselet (vocals), Josh Knechtly (guitar & vocals), Kevin Colwell (bass & vocals), and Allen Grooms (drums).
The band has the look, sound and writing talent. For all you “Cincinnati doesn’t like original bands” believers, here you go, get a gander at a working original band. Sure they throw in covers but 90% is originals.

You can hear the influences in Rootbound’s “The American Machine” release. Tracks like “Superzero” have a Three Days Grace flavor. Other tracks like “American Dream” have more of a Breaking Benjamin or Papa Roach feel. The slower track “Nothing To Lose” feels more like 3 Doors Down. Tracks like “Heartbeat”, “Sheep” and “Sour” rock harder with an almost POD quality, or at least Staind. The melodic ballad “Nothing To Lose” was an office fave but you can judge them all for yourself just by checking the band out at their site www.rootbound.net. All the afore mentioned tracks are there for your enjoyment. One things is indisputable, the band has done an excellent job recording and mixing. The CD is top quality radio ready. It’s even on the radio.
Better yet get out and see the live show. We saw Rootbound on a night when the crowd topped out at around 20. They rocked.

It’s awesome when a band can tear it up with a small crowd. It shows how much enthusiasm they have, how much energy and passion. Many bands lack that and it shows, regardless of how well they play.
Not Rootbound. They’re hell bent on breaking something and our guess is it will be a C-4 vertebrae. Original music coupled with 100% neck breaking all out performances should get these guys on the map.
You can catch two live shows on November 7th, Boomerangs Bar & Grill and December 19, at the Inner Circle (Formerly Annie’s).
If you dig any of the music we mentioned you’ll dig Rootbound. Hell, even if you don’t the energy alone might win you over as a fan.

Check out the web site (www.rootbound.net), you’ll get a good look and listen as to what Rootbound is all about. Here’s a self description we stole off their “About Us”.
Rootbound: Inspired by music of all eras, their solid, razor-sharp hooks and versatile melodies, kick you square where it counts and begs you to come back for more, supplying a much needed soundtrack of blue collar rock ‘n roll for the drive down that long high road they call the American Machine. A true “Band for the people”. Rootbound is touring extensively in support of their 2009-release “The American Machine”, sharing the stage with such national artists as, Peter Frampton, Powerman 5000, 7 Mary 3, Jackyl, Days of the New, Afroman, Dope, & Bobaflex among others .Throughout touring they captivated audiences and encouraged rave reviews. In 2003 they joined the Indy label Lick Records and began recording tracks at John Schwab Recording in Columbus Ohio. Together with executive producer Robin Waddell and producer/engineer Joe Viers (Journey, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Bobaflex & Neil ZaZa) Rootbound continues to intrigue listeners as their sound matures and their fan base grows. Rootbound has recently gained radio exposure in major markets across the globe. Thanks to FM and Internet radio stations. Accomplishments: - 3 Full Length Albums - 3 Music Videos - Headlining Act at Various clubs, festivals, and events - Radio Exposure (Spins and Interviews) - Best Rock Song Award (Garageband.com) - Music used in several Independent films. - Music used on several national compilation cd’s. - Annual Rootbound Music Festival - An Amazing dedicated and growing fan base.

 

 

 

 

 

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