For nearly 16 years, Roger Clyne and PH Naffah have not only redefined what mainstream radio would have the public believe is "popular," but they have rewritten the rules on how songs are written and albums are made. Sticking to their credo of art leading commerce, Clyne and Naffah have consistently produced nothing but uncompromised, unadulterated, pure rock-n-roll for more than a decade.
In the mid-90's amidst the Seattle grunge sound, Clyne and Naffah made rock fun with their witty, irreverent lyrics and blazing guitar licks as half of the seminal Tempe-based band The Refreshments. The "Freshies" released two albums including the 1996 cult-classic, Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy which produced the modern rock hits "Banditos" and "Down Together." The Refreshments also wrote the theme for TV's King of the Hill.
Following The Refreshments, Clyne and Naffah formed Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, and this time took even more control over their own destiny. Recording on a 100% independent record label, the first six consecutive studio releases from RCPM all debuted in the top 10 on Billboard's Internet Sales chart...the first independent band to ever accomplish that feat. Two of their albums, 1999's Honky Tonk Union and 2004's ¡Americano! debuted at #1. RCPM quickly built a reputation as one of the hardest touring bands in America, delivering two hours of high energy rock night after night, playing between 150 to 200 shows a year with no two set lists repeated. In 2008, the band traveled to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, and blazed new trails in the way albums are made. Setting up a make-shift studio in a rented house, the band challenged themselves to write and record eight songs in eight days from scratch. The songs off the resulting "Turbo Ocho" remain some of their most popular today. Clyne and Naffah, along with fellow Peacemakers Jim Dalton on lead guitar and Nick Scropos on bass, are preparing to keep their streak going with the release of a new album later this year.
In the meantime, Clyne and Naffah are hitting the road for their immensely popular RC/PH acoustic duo tour, the first in nearly six years. Don't be fooled by the "acoustic duo" title. These are not sit-on-bar-stools-surroun ded-by-candles type of concerts. A RC/PH show generates just as much energy as the full band. Crowds are typically found dancing the night away and singing along to every word.
The charismatic Clyne, an Arizona native, is the consummate singer-songwriter. His lyrics are embedded deep in the Arizona sun and the dusty desert that stretches across the border into Mexico where Clyne's second home can typically be found in a Third World cantina.
Originally from Chicago, Naffah made the switch from the Windy City to the Grand Canyon State to attend Arizona State University where he and Clyne met. Today he is heralded by his peers as one of the best drummers to ever come out of Arizona.
Added by insightmg9 on April 30, 2010