This Romantic Tragedy

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This Romantic Tragedy
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Genres Post-hardcore
Years active 2004–present
Labels Tragic Hero (2009–2011)
Members David Diaz
Sean Neumann
Chad Dague
Mark Neuhardt
Mason Wright
Clinton Birch
Past members Jay Cammilleri
Kyle Huender
Evan Ellis
Gabe Centeno
Carlin Leavitt
Nik Johnson
Brian Sims

This Romantic Tragedy is an American post-hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada. They released their debut full-length album in 2011.


Formation, signing, and Trust in Fear (2007–2009)[edit]

This Romantic Tragedy was originally formed in 2004 by guitarists David Diaz and Kyle Huender. The band, however, didn't get their start until 2007 when the two were joined by bassist and friend, Carlin Leavitt, drummer, Mark Neuhardt, and original vocalist Jay Cammilleri. In mid 2007, the band released a 5-song EP titled Atherlie. Shortly after the band added the addition of keyboard and synth to the band thanks to keyboardist Gabe Centeno. Quickly the band began to receive much attention from the local scene, playing shows every month and building their fanbase. Their continued local support earned them a spot on the 2008 Extreme Thing. Playing alongside such acts such as Pennywise, Chiodos, Escape the Fate, and many more. A year later, in 2008, the band self-recorded and self-released another EP called Like Drama, Like Karma. Creating more local buzz for the band as well as in neighboring states, where they played shows in Arizona, Utah, and California. They also won an opening slot on the 2009 [Taste of Chaos] tour in Las Vegas, Nevada to play with Thursday, Bring Me the Horizon, and Pierce the Veil.[1]

In January 2009, This Romantic Tragedy entered the studio with famed producer Cory Spotts (Blessthefall, Greeley Estates, Job for a Cowboy) at Bluelight Audio in Phoenix, Arizona to create another EP titled Trust in Fear. The band released a couple of new songs on MySpace where they began to receive buzz nationwide and again they won a spot on the 2009 Extreme Thing in March with Bad Religion, Silverstein, and more where the band originally released their EP Trust in Fear and also picked up manager Stewart Teggart.[2]

In June 2009, they signed with Raleigh, North Carolina-based record label Tragic Hero Records[3] and went on a short tour with labelmates Confide and Rise Records artist, Of Machines. They also shot and filmed their first music video for their song "The Worst Part Is Waking Up", filmed by young videographer Daniel Chesnut, which was released on June 26, 2009. Shortly after the band had a falling out with original bassist Carlin Leavitt where he was let go from the band and following that, keyboardist Gabe Centeno quit the band "to focus on school".[4]

Cammilleri's departure[edit]

Midway through The Thriller Tour the band was forced to drop off the tour when vocalist Jay Cammilleri was fired from the band. An official statement from the band was never released, but according to a blog posted guitarist Kyle Huender, "Things began to get horribly out of control with him (Cammilleri) and we had no other choice but to let go of our singer for our own safety and for the best for the band".[5] The full blog can still be found somewhere on the Internet. The vocalist was apparently let go for various reasons.

New This Romantic Tragedy and Reborn (2010–present)[edit]

According to Twitter,[6] in January 2010, it was apparent the band had found, in fact 3 new members and in February 2010 the band went into the studio in Fresno, California with Joel Piper of Confide to record 3 new demos with the new members. In March 2010 the band played a sold-out comeback show in Las Vegas with the new members, playing old songs, as well as the demos. A new MySpace layout, photos and the new members were also announced. The new line-up instead featured 2 vocalists: Sean Neumann, singing, and Chad Dague, screaming, as well as new bassist, Evan Ellis.

In September and October 2010, they recorded their first full-length record in Weehawken, New Jersey at the Machine Shop with producer Will Putney (Four Year Strong, Suicide Silence, For Today).[7] The new album featured 3 re-recorded demo tracks and 8 new songs featuring their three singles "Among the Brave", "The Great Beast", and "Reborn", the title track of the album. Reborn was released May 10, 2011 after the release date was changed multiple times. The album concept was based off apocalyptic events, consciousness, and "conspiracies," to the main message of finding true will and inner happiness in life.[8] Reborn debuted 26th on the Billboard Heat Seakers chart.[9]

This Romantic Tragedy announced on their Facebook that they have written new material and are planning on recording a new album in November. Since they separated with their record label, they started doing pre-orders to afford to record the album. They also offered other opportunities like exclusive T-shirts, Skype chats, and even naming one of their songs.


Studio albums
  • Atherlie (2007)
  • Like Drama, Like Karma (2008)
  • Trust in Fear (2009)
  • The Illusion of Choice (2013)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Album
2009 "The Worst Part Is Waking Up" Daniel Chesnut Trust in Fear
Year Song Album
2010 "Such Simple Words" Reborn
Year Song Director Album
2013 "Illusions" Sam Shapiro The Illusion Of Choice

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Sean Neumann – clean vocals (2010–present)
  • Chad Dague – screamed vocals (2010–present)
  • David Diaz – guitar, backing vocals (2004–present)
  • Mark Neuhardt – drums, samples, programming (2005–present)
  • Mason Wright – guitar (2012–present)
  • Clinton Birch – bass (2012–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Kyle Huender – guitar (2004–2011)
  • Jay Cammilleri – vocals (2006–2010)
  • Gabe Centeno – keyboard, syntheziser, vocals (2007–2009)
  • Carlin Leavitt – bass (2006–2009)
  • Evan Ellis – bass (2010–2011)


External links[edit]

Official website