Photo by Doug Coombe
Tony Rochon is too talented to be an unknown in this town. I first became a fan of his music in 2005 when he was rehearsing under my bedroom with Andy Roy, my old roommate (and a new father!), on drums. He had already recorded a collection of his own songs playing all the instruments, and the band was learning those tunes, which sounded like the Sloan-esque power pop I loved. Unfortunately, the band only lasted a few shows before caving into the pressures of real life. Coincidentally, just after the band broke up, Tony’s solo demos were played at a party by Tony’s old bandmate from Back in Spades, Stephen Palmer. Someone who wrote for Real Detroit heard those demos and wrote excitedly about them in their column that week. This excitement dissipated as nothing happened… for years.
It’s now half a decade later and still barely anyone has heard Tony’s music. Last year Tony joined Copper Thieves (with Andy Roy, my aforementioned ex-roommate) and contributes a few songs to their upcoming album. He also played keyboards with the High Strung at a few recent shows. Yet his original motherload of material remains unreleased. Tony is an unassuming character who spends his time with his family instead of hyping himself over pint glasses, so his network of local musicians remains small.
This year he finally put a three piece together to play his songs, with Stephen Palmer on drums and Matt Hatch (ex-Sights, Birdgang, The Go, every other band ever, plus another new father!) on bass. Due to conflicting schedules, it had been a month since the band’s last rehearsal on the day in June when they came to record these demos in my basement. Nonetheless, the songs sound solid. As fate would have it, between the day they tracked the instruments and the day Tony and Stephen did vocals, the band had decided to break up. Once agan, Tony is a man without a band.
So, like two drops of water in the desert, I present to you – at long last – two songs by Tony Rochon’s former band. Names for the band were discussed during the recording, but that is all a moot point now. Tony plays all guitars, keyboards, percussion, and sings lead vocals. Stephen drums and sings harmonies. Matt plays bass.
To those who wish they were in a band like this, comment below and maybe Tony’s dreams and yours can both come true!
Tony Rochon and His Former Band- “I Believe Ya”
Tony Rochon and His Former Band – “Half a Mind”