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Cletus Romp, based in Cincinnati Ohio, bring their own blend of swampy, backwoods ruckus to the table. They unapologetically draw inspiration anywhere from Drive by Truckers, Tom Waits, CCR and Motorhead to the local junkyard. Cletus Romp will have you stomping, shaking and shimmying like you're at a southern tent revival.

The low end pulls from a background in Motown and early sabbath, while the rhythm guitar pushes on with wild eyed abandon. All the while the percussion is hammering along with a heavy hand that you can't help but stomp your feet to. Lyrics are thrown out like a carnival barker. The staccato vocal attack is offset with a pure tenor harmony. This roar is accented by more percussion being laid down on a skeleton of brake drums, suspension springs, duct work and corrugated sheet metal. It all culminates in a sound that's greater than its parts. So big and gritty that you can't help but get sucked into the stories they're telling, and believe that they might just be true.

The music has a way of boring into your head like a drill press. You'll catch yourself humming an unfamiliar tune days after listening. Once you realize where it's from, you'll find yourself a full blown convert to the gospel of Cletus, standing on a street corner in a sandwich board and of luck to you.


  So what exactly is the press saying?
"...Cletus Romp offer an honest brand of Alt Country that keeps artists like Mojo Nixon and Jimbo Mathus on the dashboard for saintly inspiration..."  
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"...Strutting somewhere between Tom Waits’ gruff yet grounded adventurousness and the Legendary Shack Shakers’ riotous abandon, Cletus Romp would make the perfect soundtrack for an LSD-assisted tour of the Florida Everglades...."  
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Worth Checking Out ( )
"Great cover and name from this alt country group out of Cincinnati! If you like your "Country" music with a bottom end that's glued to the floor and driven over by a Mack truck, CR might be for you! Lots of swampy country blues sung in an up tempo Tom Waits voice with lots of slide and rhythm, make this a full on sound and a pretty good album."

Support the Band
We're not looking to get rich here, granted we wouldn't thumb our nose at it if it happened, we are just looking to be able to do more recording and touring. If you like what you hear, then consider picking something up.
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Our first full length album. Full of foot stoming, shit kicking goodness. You can order a physical copy from us ( which is the best option for us ) right here:  
if you would rather get it via download, the cheapest option seems to be here:


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