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The Lennon I Admire

By Andy Roman

As of this writing, it’s been 38 years since John Lennon’s murder here in New York City. I remember that evening as vividly as anything in my life. I was a kid, born too late to be a first generation Beatlemaniac, with a dream of being either a professional musician or a radio personality, sitting…

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So, How and Why Did Elm Treason Go Acoustic?

By Andy Roman

We are not about novelty. The minute you are, then the substance of what you do slips reflexively into second place behind that novelty. It would be a grand mistake – a strategic misstep – to promote what we do as “acoustic-based rock.” (We found that out the hard way). The word “acoustic” possesses very…

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The Strumming Turncoat – a Reflection

By Andy Roman

So, right off the bat, I’ll just come out and say this: I was a traitor – a straight-up defector. (Considering our band name, I guess that would make sense). I freely admit it. Back in the day when so many of us in our group of guitar-obsessed riff-heads just wanted to be cool rock…

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On Writing Together in This Band

By Andy Roman

Going back to the beginning – when Elm Treason first secured its unusual nomenclature… After the initial “Cap Tango” sessions were over – and we decided that our musical partnership would, in fact, be a long-term thing – we knew we wanted to write songs together, but weren’t sure exactly how we’d go about it.…

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"Power Chords and Sex," he said

By Andy Roman

As we raced to the end of recording sessions for our debut album “Days of Reaction,” I found out through a friend of mine in the advertising game that an agency in the Midwest was looking to revamp their campaign for a foreign car company. (I won’t name the company, but let’s just say that,…

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