Builder of the House

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American Folk Pop band Builder of the House performing at Aura in Portland, ME
Builder of the House
OriginPortland, Maine, United States
GenresFolk pop, indie folk
Years active2011–present
LabelssonaBLAST! Records
MembersRob Cimitile
Elliot Heeschen
Leigh Charest (touring)

Builder of the House is an American folk pop band formed in Portland, Maine in 2011, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Rob Cimitile and drummer Elliot Heeschen. Cimitile began performing under the name Builder of the House in 2010, but the group was cemented after Rob and Elliot met as members of a Zimbabwean marimba band. The band's musical style includes elements of Americana, roots, folk, and African music in a modern pop idiom augmented with electronic sounds.

In performance, the band utilizes live looping, samples, and synthesizers, as well as acoustic instruments. They currently perform as a trio with the addition of keyboardist and background vocalist Leigh Charest. The band has opened for Kaleo (band), Dylan LeBlanc, Pearl and the Beard, and Kristeen Young.[1]

According to Rob Cimitile, the band's name is derived from a Buddhist parable about the root of human suffering.[2]

Since the release of two EP's and their first full-length album, Ornaments (sonaBLAST! Records 2017), the band's music has been featured several films including Don’t Think Twice (Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs), Better Start Running (Jeremy Irons, Analeigh Tipton), and Totem (film) (HBO).

Music videos for the songs "There Is No Hourglass, Only Sand" and "Look at the Man" have received acclaim at music award shows and domestic and international film festivals.


Album Year released Label Notes
Ornaments 2017 SonaBLAST! Records Recorded and mixed at Acadia Recording Company; mastered by Pat Keane Mastering
Hourglass 2015 SonaBLAST! Records Recorded and mixed at Acadia Recording Company; mastered by Jack Murray at Odds Are Studios
I Am a Tidal Wave 2012 All songs written, recorded and produced by Rob Cimitile.

Claps in "My New Eyes" recorded at Rocking Horse Studio. Mixed by Noah Cole/Artifex Studio and Brian Coombes/Rocking Horse Studio. Mastered by Alan Douches/West West Side Music.


Paste Magazine | Consequence of Sound | We All Want Someone to Shout For | The Big Takeover | Folk Radio UK | The Bluegrass Situation | We Do it for the Love of Music | Short and Sweet LA | NOOGA | Stereo Embers | Impose Magazine | On Radar | Anti Music | Essentially Pop | New Now Next | Under the Press | Huff Post

Featured artist on SoundCloud[3] and ReverbNation

CD Baby DIY Musician Blog.[4]


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