Romeo Spike is a four piece modern rock band from Atlanta, GA featuring: Vocals, electric guitars, pedal steel guitar, Rhodes electric piano, bass, drums & electronics.
A literary allusion, Romeo Spikes were used to keep young “Romeos” from climbing up to meet their “Juliets” on the balconies of 19th Century New Orleans.
Brought together through mutual friends in 2006, Mike Kunz (then living in Chicago) and Donn Aaron (Atlanta) began with a weekly songwriting challenge designed to trigger each other’s creativity. Drawing on their diverse influences ranging from Elton John to Daniel Lanois, and Kiss to Radiohead, they began work on the full length album “For the Cause.” A majority of the record was recorded partially in Chicago and partially in Atlanta as the two sent tracks back and forth across the internet.
After several short trips South during the recording of the album, Kunz moved to Atlanta to make Romeo Spike a full time realization. During production of “For the Cause,” the pair caught the attention of Grammy award winner, and long time Elton John mix engineer/producer Matt Still who produced, mixed and provided back-up vocals on almost half the album.
Romeo Spike’s refined rock is led by Kunz’s vocals and Rhodes electric piano, and Aaron’s guitar and pedal steel (which has been described as “playing lightning”). Skyler Ross from Atlanta joined as bassist in mid 2009. In addition to being an accomplished instrumentalist, Sky also sings backing vocals and is a songwriting contributor to the band. Sky grew up with performance in his blood as both of his parents were Broadway performers. The newest member of Romeo Spike is drummer, Owen Liversidge from Glastonbury, England, who came aboard in October 2010. Owen has a modern, dance/pop approach and injects a British flair into Romeo Spike’s rhythm section. He creates a blend of acoustic rock drumming and electronics that are essential to the Romeo Spike sound.
Another main strength of the band is found in the accomplished guitarmanship of both Kunz and Aaron. As a teen, Aaron was featured in both “Guitar Player” and “Guitar World” magazines. In 1991, he was the lead guitarist and co-songwriter for the group “Mary My Hope”. He recorded guitar with Ludacris on a track that was featured in the Martin Lawrence motion picture “National Security.” In November 2005, Aaron’s solo album “Unfinished Symphonies” was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of their “Top 12 Independent DIY Releases.” Aaron’s role in the mastering side of music production in the last several years has allowed him to work with over 10,000 records, with hundreds reaching multi-platinum, platinum or gold sales awards from the RIAA.