Anthony Rossomando

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Anthony Rossomando
Anthony Rossomando
Background information
Birth name Anthony Rossomando
Genres Punk rock
Post-punk
Instruments Guitar, trumpet, Vocals
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts Dirty Pretty Things, The Libertines, The Damn Personals, Klaxons

Anthony Rossomando is an American writer-producer, composer, and guitarist. He along with Carl Barât was a founding member of Dirty Pretty Things.[1] He previously stood in for Pete Doherty in The Libertines. He has also been a live member of British New Rave band Klaxons. He was also a member of Boston-based band The Damn Personals.

After dropping out of university in his first year he relocated to Boston where The Damn Personals were born. Shortly after, The Damn Personals became a mainstay at popular Boston, Providence, and New York indie venues. The band lived hand to mouth while touring the US nearly ten times. They shared the stage with the likes of The Walkmen, The Hives, The Strokes, Jimmy Eat World, Piebald, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Explosion, Hot Snakes, Dismemberment Plan, Bratmobile and the Make-up. They also toured Europe and UK once with Cave In.

In 2003 Rossomando met Carl Barât in NYC and agreed to fill in for Doherty in an upcoming US tour for The Libertines; this was followed by a trip to London to play Top of the Pops and Reading and Leeds festival. Eight months later he rejoined The Libertines to help support the entire worldwide touring campaign for their self-titled second album. It was during this time when Rossomando and Barat began to formulate their ideas that would later embody Dirty Pretty Things. Following the demise of The Libertines, he relocated to London; his first real home after being evicted 2 years earlier from a derelict house in Boston.

The band recorded their first album, Driver/Driver, with producer Darron Burke, who now works for Tape OP. Their second release, Standing Still in the USA, was produced by Michael Demming. Anthony, Ken, bassist Jim Zavadoski and drummer Michael Gill comprised The Damn Personals, who lived hand-to-mouth and toured the US nearly ten times sharing the stage with the likes of The Walkmen, The Hives, Jimmy Eat World, Piebald, Cave-in, the Explosion, Hot Snakes, Dismemberment Plan, and the Make-up. They also toured Europe and UK once.

In 2003, introduced in a roundabout way by Isaac Green of Startime records, Rossomando met Barât in NYC and agreed to fill in for Doherty in an upcoming US tour for The Libertines; then came back to London to play Top of the Pops and Reading and Leeds festivals. Eight months later he rejoined The Libertines, Doherty having gone AWOL again, to help support the entire worldwide touring campaign for their self-titled second album. It was during this time when Rossomando and Barat began to formulate their ideas that would later embody Dirty Pretty Things. Following the demise of The Libertines, he relocated to London; his first real flat after being evicted out of his Boston home a year earlier.

In May 2006, Dirty Pretty Things released Waterloo To Anywhere which reached No. 3 in the UK charts, while the first single "Bang Bang You're Dead", peaked at No. 4. The band toured extensively in the UK, US, Europe and Japan.

Anthony also played on: • Chisel - "Set You Free" (trumpet) • Piebald - "We Are The Only Friends We Have" • The Cribs - "The New Fellas" (trumpet)

In November 2007, he played the role of Pete Neon in the first episode of the third series of The Mighty Boosh. He spoke about his appearance in the series in the documentary The Mighty Boosh: A Journey Through Time and Space, which aired on BBC Three on March 22, 2008.

Anthony has been a longtime supporter of the Love Music Hate Racism Campaign, appearing at numerous gigs, shows and festivals for them. DPT were also supportive of the Make Roads Safe Campaign, and in November 2006, Anthony appeared on Sky News to promote the cause.

Discography[edit]

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

As producer[edit]

Other appearances and songwriting discography[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Contribution
2013 "Harlem Boyz" Andrew Wyatt Descender Guitarist
2012 "Montauk" Rufus Wainwright Out Of The Game Guitarist
2010 "Glass Mountain Trust" Mark Ronson feat. D'angelo Record Collection Co-writer
2010 "Somebody to Love Me" Mark Ronson feat. Boy George and Andrew Wyatt Record Collection Co-writer
2010 "Waiting" MNDR Feed Me Diamond Co-writer
2010 "Bang Bang You're Dead" Dirty Pretty Things "Waterloo to Anywhere" Co-writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Biography: Dirty Pretty Things". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 April 2010.