11 Songs, 43 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

13 Ratings

13 Ratings


don loemax

virgin catacombs of solid state corners filled with 'debris'. one man's rubbish is a brother's gold. a cochlea moving to witness alchemy and a dendrite finds his home. meters click as i stargaze on the floor of big light.

Love it.....


Downloaded this gem tonight.....I'm very impressed to see Roman Candle grow as a band.....while holding down jobs and rising family's....you guys have come along way since our paths crossed back in the chapel hill days.....not only are you doing it the right way....I know North Carolina and Wilkes County are proud of some home grown talent....keep it up.....hopefully some one will pick up on the End of the Street and put it in a movie......great track

A leap forward, and a soundtrack for your life.


You may be tempted to pick and choose a song or two – like the heartbreaking narrative “End of the Street” or the endlessly melodic and catchy “Every Time”– and not get the rest of the album. Refrain. Buy the whole thing, soak in it, let its deep songwriting and beautiful production weave itself into your daily life. DEBRIS is sophisticated without being pretentious and artful while being accessible.

Pairs well with:
a glass of wine
an afternoon run
a morning drive
your highest highs
your lowest lows

About Roman Candle

The alt-country/indie rock quintet from Chapel Hill had its roots in bandmembers (and brothers) Skip and Logan Matheny's childhoods in Wilkesboro, NC, where they grew up with a great-grandfather who took them to the Grand Ole Opry and a high school band director father who also performed in R&B bands and took his family to Merlefest, an annual musical event held by Doc Watson to remember his son. In 1997, when Logan joined his brother at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Mathenys formed an unofficial band (with Logan on drums and Skip on guitar and vocals), having friends and acquaintances sit in to fill out the sound. Within a few years, they had a consistent lineup and were playing around town regularly. The band, called Roman Candle, was put on hold, however, when Skip and his wife, Timshel (who played Wurlitzer and Farfisa with the brothers), moved to Oregon and took more regular jobs. But when Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce, wanting to start a label, approached Skip with the possibility of a contract, Roman Candle reunited (guitarist Nick Jaeger and bassist Jeff Crawford rounded off the band) and their debut, Says Pop, was recorded and released in 2002. Wanting better promotion for the album, Pryce and Roman Candle went to Hollywood Records, and although various options and contracts were discussed, nothing ever materialized. By this time the bandmembers were back in North Carolina, where they met producer Chris Stanley, with whom they reworked the songs on Says Pop, and in 2005 they signed with V2 Records, which released the new version of their first album (with a new title, The Wee Hours Revue), in 2006. The well-regarded Oh Tall Tree in the Ear arrived in 2009. ~ Marisa Brown

    Chapel Hill, NC



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