Brian Rothenbeck & The Adventuring Party

Before The Adventuring Party, Brian Rothenbeck had established a career as a solo artist with two releases on New Jersey’s Combover Records: a full-length album, Secret Monsters (2013) and a 2014 split 7″ with fellow New Jersey musician Joe Galuppo. Then one night outside a bar in Boonton, NJ, a group of musicians fell to discussing their love of Dungeons and Dragons, and vowed to begin a new campaign. Thus, The Adventuring Party was born.

When Brian was ready to begin a new album, he called on his fellow campaigners for aid: drummer Rory Burns, bassist Matt Logie, and keyboardist Jay Gogel – all of whom are veterans of different areas of the music scene. Together, they joined engineer Ed Auletta (Leathermouth) to create Basilisk. Over the following year at North End Recording in Passaic, NJ, the songs grew and took on new life along with the band.

Their eclectic and encyclopaedic musical influences show in this album’s lush arrangements – from the bombast of punk rock to quiet and confessional folk and the rich instrumentation of Americana. However, Rothenbeck’s raw and vulnerable lyrics, honed through years of solo touring, shine.

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