Row Homes are a brand new Philly band who have quite a history together. They all grew up in the same town and attended the same high school, but they all did their own thing in college, kind of. Alex Savoth, second tallest guy/singer/bassist, and Michael Murray, second shortest guy/guitarist, went to Syracuse University together and played in a band, To The Ruins. Meanwhile, Dan King, tallest guy/guitarist, stayed in Philly and went to Temple University. He’s already well-rooted in the Philly music scene; you may recognize him from Holly Billaday, but more likely as the former guitarist of Toy Soldiers. The final piece of the band is Gusten Rudolph, the drummer. He’s still in school at Rutgers University, studying jazz performance. His bandmates send him demos regularly so he can see what they’re up to while he’s away. Rudolph makes the trip from North Jersey weekly to jam with his mates.
Together they have a tightness and bond where each member plays their part and compliments one another well. Their sound combines pretty vocals, gritty guitars, and precise drums. They kind of remind of The Walkmen plus Grizzly Bear with a mix of The Antlers and Real Estate. They don’t have any music to share just yet, but the four guys are set to record a handful of songs this month. We’ll be sure to pass them along when we get ahold of them.
You can check them out tonight at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly. They’re sharing the bill with several others including Ron Gallo (lead man of Toy Soldiers), Allison Polans, Spirit and Dust, and a few more. There are no advance tickets so just show up and enjoy.