In Rear-View: Rocky Dennis Face

This week’s feature of Camp Punksylvania Bands is Rocky Dennis Face. This trio is a Pittsburgh based punk band that kicks out an energetic melody with a dash of early rock n roll. Their sound

This week’s feature of Camp Punksylvania Bands is Rocky Dennis Face. This trio is a Pittsburgh based punk band that kicks out an energetic melody with a dash of early rock n roll. Their sound is reminiscent of my roots in 90’s pop punk, like Screeching Weasel, Sloppy Seconds, and The Queers. The guys are mainly from Natrona Heights and the surrounding areas and Marcus and Sancho met in high school. Even though they both played in other local bands with various friends their whole lives, they actually never collaborated with each other.

Sancho started writing songs that didn’t quite fit into his current band so he formed Rocky Dennis Face as a result. The name originates from adolescent stupidity and a nickname given to a local jock. Marcus joined the band in 2016 and they later added Ben. He was a perfect fit and they started playing serious gigs after that.

Sancho is the lead singer and guitarist of the crew. He typically writes the majority of the band’s songs. Most of his lyrics are about self reflection and opinion, life, and pop culture. He’s a serious dude on stage, but has been to known to leave the mic and rock out at times.

Ben slaps the bass, sings harmonies, and back up vocals. As the owner of the band’s transportation, he is usually the driver of the van. I would feel negligent in not mentioning his glorious hair. Watching it bob along with his playing is mesmerizing to say the least. I feel like it needs to be the fourth member of the group.

Lastly on drums is Marcus, who also sings harmonies and back up vocals. He handles the band’s financing, booking, media, and online presence as well. Always in shades and rarely in a shirt, he brings his high energy and jokes to the stage at every show.

The guys currently have an EP out called Not Too Hard, Not Too Soft, which consists of 5 punk versions of Boyz II Men songs. Don’t tell anyone, but I love those Philly boys so this album makes me happy. They played the songs for a set at a Halloween show and were urged to record it. We are glad that they did!

RDF EXCLUSIVE! At the end of April, RDF will be headed back to the studio to record their next album called what else, but BITCH. They will be releasing at least one single from that record before its actual release date so stay tuned for that.

Even though the Coronavirus and Social Distancing has taken out a lot of recent tours and shows, the boys have found a way to adapt and to provide a fix for the rest of us. Go give their Facebook page a follow so you can get up to date information on their live performance streaming. Thanks for understanding how important live music is to our scene!

And always remember….. RDF RIDES WITH THE PEOPLE.

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