Freedom's Marching Backwards
Sonic Roach Destruction Unit (SRDU) has been creating aggressive and uniquely midwestern pop since 1997. They have been influenced musically by; Great Plains, Bizarros, Human Switchboard, Minutemen, Velvet Underground, Guided by Voices, Talking Heads, and Television. SRDU was formed by Dave LaRosa (vocals/bass/keyboards), James LaRosa (drums), and Lee Martian (original guitarist). They were later joined on rhythm guitar by Doug Leed. SRDU features a powerful and punchy musical trio made up of Columbus area veterans. Dave and Jim LaRosa have rocked around Central Ohio for about twenty years. They played together in; The Sockets, Craniums, Joe College and the Surf's Up Boys, and He & Me. Doug has been involved with the Columbus scene since 1994. He has played with; Lack of Motivation, The Oopsy Daisies, Margarine, Slow News Day, and Jaykus. To date, SRDU has released three full-length studio CD's and one limited edition live release. SRDU's first CD, "Dead Man's Answering Machine", combined intelligent social critique with bombastic rhythms and stellar guitar work. "This oddly monikered trio is more interested in what Bob Mould once called that loud guitar (approach) to changing the world (The Columbus Alive, September 1999)". Guest performers added mandolin, fiddle and acoustic guitar to help give the disc a distinctly Midwestern timbre. In April 2003 their song "Buckle Up" from this CD was featured on the internationally syndicated "Car Talk" radio show. Their second CD "Opus Roachus Maximus" showed a moodier reflective side of SRDU. The band's power was broadened with longer song arrangements creating an intoxicating and psychedelic musical journey. Midwestbands.com stated; "I would recommend that you hear the music of Sonic Roach Destruction Unit; be prepared, though. It isn't feel-good music that you'll enjoy while sipping your favorite beverage in your office or living room. It is very raw, with good guitar work, and creative lyrics that deserve a close listen". SRDU's new CD, "Freedom's Marching Backwards" reflects the creative humor as well as the intelligence of their music. It marks a move away from guitar oriented rock towards more harmonic arrangements, caustic lyrical content, and tighter song structures. Stephen Slaybaugh of the Columbus Alive describes the music as; "matching vaguely humorous and pointed commentary to a disjointed din of buzzing guitars, keyboard whine and snappy rhythms. The band's sound is distinctly Midwestern, often recalling the Great Plains and consisting of part pop and part lo-fi punk". People often ask why the strange name? Dave LaRosa answers this probing question; "this guy I used to work with and I used to spend our breaks walking around and coming up with cool band names. There are so many bands with really lame names. We hit upon Sonic Roach Destruction Unit and we both went into hysterics. When we finally got around to picking up our guitars the name stuck." Check out the Roach on "Freedom's Marching Backwards."