Root Shoot Leaf is a band, just like your band, who formed in a basement. They were active from 2004-2007, releasing 5 full- lengths and 3 EPs. One time, they toured the Midwest (all the way to Wichita!). Then more interesting things happened and they moved on. This record encapsulates something of what it would’ve been like to live with them in their dingy apartments during that time.
Initially, the band’s members consisted of myself on vocals and guitars, my sister Mandy on vocals and guitars, and drummer Alvin Stockdale. In 2006 Josh Murphy moved to Chicago, slept in a tent in our living room, and played bass until his departure later that year. In late 2006, Alvin also left the band and was replaced first by Leo Asuncion and then Robert Rodriguez on drums (Leo moved to bass). Robert left the band in early 2007 and Leo returned to drumming duties. The band began working on their follow-up to The Gallows in mid-2007 with new members Justin Turner on percussion and ornamental instruments and Jesse Hanabarger on keys. However, the record would not materialize under the Root Shoot Leaf name. I moved to Peoria and it wasn’t until early 2008 that the record took shape and became the self-titled first Dustin Monk & The Dirty Priests record.
Cedar Street Bridge (2004)
Well, If We’re Speaking in Tongues EP (2004)
Another Word for June Bug (2005)
Stars are for Wishing…Wishes are for Wells EP (2005)
Strangers Touching & Never Disappearing (2005)
Get Your Maps & Go (2006)
This Sounds Like a Circus EP (2006)
The Gallows (2007)