Friday, March 5, 2010

Spotlight #16: Young Rebel Goombas

Pete's been working overtime!!!

Goombas hail from Long Island, New York. Tropical rockers, their sound is not so easily pigeon-holed. Each member brings a rich and varied musical background to create the luscious Goomba sound.

Richie Saccente plays guitar and shares lead vocals with his cousin Cosmo Mallardi, who also plays bass guitar. Brian “Uncle Bee” Johnson sings backup vocals and shares percussion duties with Randy Knudsen, also on vocals. Kevin McCann plays guitar and sings backup. Special guests on their debut album include Richie Cannata (sax player for Billy Joel, Elton John, The Beach Boys, etc.) and Bob Cassera on trombone.

Filmmaker Jake Gorst first met Saccente as a student in his guitar studio. Over the years they have worked on many projects together. For the Young Rebel Goomba album, Gorst assisted the band in the production of the CD. Pete talks with Richie Saccente about how trop-rock is all about "FAMILY", and why moving Trop-Rock into the main steam radio is important.


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