The Republic of Wolves are a 4-piece indie rock band from Long Island, New York.
Formed in 2009, the current line-up is composed of Mason Maggio (lead vocals/guitar), Christian Van Deurs (lead guitar/backing vocals), Billy Duprey (bass/screaming vocals), and Gregg Andrew Dellarocca (guitar/backing and lead vocals). As of 2015 the line-up also includes two additional touring members: Ryan Sean Cullinane, and Chris Wall, who served as drummer on the band's material up through the 2011 release of The Cartographer.
The band began their touring career playing a number of local venues in Long Island, but has since began expanding their touring schedule to include other states. On Saturday July 12, 2014 the band played the Long Island leg of the Vans Warped Tour at the Ernie Ball Stage. On Friday, January 9, 2015 the band played for the first time in Hollywood, CA at the Fonda Theater in honor of their inclusion in the final round of the Vans Warped Tour. Beginning on Friday, January 23, 2015 the band played at The Space in Hamden, CT. followed by a show at The Legendary Dobbs on Sunday, January 25, 2015, both dates in support of the band Martial.
Alongside their work on The Republic of Wolves, several members are also part of various solo and side-projects. The band Tigers on Trains features the work of Christian Van Deurs and Mason Maggio; American Gospel features the work of Gregg Dellarocca; and The Year Fifteen features the work of Billy Duprey.
Additionally, all of the members contribute to satirical parodies of modern pop songs under the moniker The Hamptons, whose demos and musical stylings can be heard on The Republic of Wolves Soundcloud.
Unofficially, the first releases from the band consisted of three demo recordings that were leaked to YouTube on July 17th, 20th, and 21st in 2009.
The leaked demos caused a bit of confusion after they were misattributed to another New York band, Brand New, who were at the time working on their fourth full-length album, Daisy. Included among the leaked demos were early variations of songs that would later become "Cardinals," "Spill," and "Through Windows," misidentified as the nonexistent Brand New songs "Slide," "I Am," and "Restole" respectively.
Officially, the first release by the band came on December 15, 2009.
His Old Branches, a seven song EP, was originally available solely through the iTunes online store. On June 18, 2010 the album was released on CD by the independent label Vintage Hustle Records. The album features artwork from Ben Kehoe, and the track "Through Windows" contains a hidden instrumental piece at 6:05 that resembles the song "Wood/Bricks", released on the band's follow-up single. As a special gift to those who pre-ordered the album, the CD came with a special insert that contained a code for a download of the song "Sea Smoke (demo)" a track that would later be released on the band's first full-length album.
01. Done Haunting Houses
04. For His Old Branches
05. The Clouds
06. A Weather Vane
07. Through Windows
08. Sea Smoke (demo)
On December 21, 2009 the band posted a link on their Tumblr that included a free download of a demo from the song "The Clouds", available on their first EP: His Old Branches.
01. The Clouds (demo)
On March 1, 2010 the independent record label Simple Stereo released a limited edition single from the band: Cardinals. The single was a 7" vinyl signed by the band (limited to 500 copies), with artwork by Gregg Andrew Dellarocca and Nick Cuomo. It features the song "Cardinals" as the a-side, and the song "Wood/Bricks" as the b-side. As a special gift to those who pre-ordered the single, a digital download of two alternate versions of the song "For His Old Branches" were also made available.
03. For His Old Branches (alternate version)
04. For Hid Old Branches (stripped version)
In preparation for their debut album, the Republic of Wolves released a series of digital downloads, featuring singles and demos off of the up-coming full-length. On September 11, 2010 the band released their first single, "Oarsman", as well as a music video accompaniment directed by Sean O'Kane. It is not currently known who did the artwork which accompanies the single.
01. Oarsmen (radio edit)
On September 30, 2010 the band supplied the website Review Rinse Repeat with an acoustic demo of the song "You Missed the Point". No cover art was provided with the download of the track.
01. You Missed the Point (demo)
On November 02, 2010 the band released the single "Woolen Blankets" as a pre-order digital download. It is unknown at this time who did the artwork which accompanied the pre-order download.
01. Woolen Blankets
On November 30, 2010 The Republic of Wolves released their first full-length album: Varuna. The album featured thirteen songs when bought digitally. A single bonus track was made available through iTunes, two more if the album was ordered on vinyl (limited to 500 signed copies), and all three, plus an additional song, when the deluxe version of the album was pre-ordered from The Republic of Wolves themselves. The band self-produced the CD version, while the independent music label, Simple Stereo, released two special vinyl versions: 250 printed on white vinyl, and 250 printed on red vinyl. The cover art was handled by Ben Kehoe.
02. Woolen Blankets
03. Sea Smoke
05. Pitch and Resin
07. Tuez Le Tous, Dieu Reconnaitra Les Siens
08. Greek Fire
09. The Attic
10. You Missed the Point
11. Grounded, I Am Traveling Light
14. [iTunes bonus] Stable
15. [Vinyl bonus] Rosary
16. [Vinyl bonus] Monologues (alternate version)
17. [Deluxe Bonus] Greek Fire (alternate version)
On December 31, 2010 the band released the single Greek Fire to the online music blog Eat Sleep Breathe Music as a free digital download and their song-of-the-day. The eponymous single was not paired with anything else. On May 19, 2013, in response to a Facebook comment, the band revealed that the cover art was a digitally altered version of a medieval wall painting depicting a serpent swallowing some devils. The song also appeared on the September 21, 2011 compilation album The Scene released by Pacific Ridge Records.
01. Greek Fire
On January 1, 2011 the band released their second EP, entitled The Cartographer. The extended-play included seven songs written during the recording of Varuna, but which told their own secondary story, and were therefore not included on the full-length. The EP was made available as a digital download, or as a clear-blue vinyl, signed by the band, that included two bonus tracks. It featured artwork from Gregg Andrew Dellarocca, who also served as the primary vocalist on a majority of the songs, alongside the traditional lead vocalist: Mason Maggio. The final track features a hidden lo-fi verse from an as-of-yet-unidentified demo, beginning at the 7:34 mark. The song "Home", and an accompanying music video from Next In Line Media, were released as the first single from the EP.
01. The Pilot and the Pilot's Boy
03. Calm Down
04. Widow's Walk
07. The Dead Men Stood Together
08. [Vinyl bonus] The Dead Men Stood Together (alternate version)
09. [Vinyl bonus] Albatross
On December 01, 2011 the band released a compilation CD/DVD titled In the House of Dust that featured virtually all of the band's b-sides, alternate takes, and unreleased material, along with a 37 minute live performance recorded at the Vail Leavitt Music Hall in New York. The CD contained one new song, and nineteen alternate takes and demos, all of which had been remastered. The DVD featured an eight song performance, as well as five acoustic live performances. Both the "Oarsman" and "Home" music videos were also included as bonus material. All of the pre-order copies were signed by the band upon release. Once again the cover art was supplied by Ben Kehoe.
REMASTERED TRACKS ( CD )
01. In The House of Dust
02. Varuna (acoustic)
04. You Missed the Point (acoustic)
05. The Dead Men Stood Together (alternate version)
06. For His Old Branches (alternate version)
08. Monologues (alternate version)
09. A Weather Vane (acoustic)
11. Greek Fire (alternate version)
13. Sea Smoke (demo)
14. Grounded, I Am Traveling Light (demo)
15. The Clouds (demo)
16. Oarsman (demo)
17. Tanzih (demo)
18. Cardinals (demo)
19. Spill (demo)
20. Through Windows (demo)
LIVE AT THE VAIL LEAVITT
03. Grounded, I Am Traveling Light
06. The Clouds
08. The Dead Men Stood Together
BONUS MUSIC VIDEOS
BIG UGLY YELLOW COUCH BONUS VIDEOS
MISCELLANIOUS ACOUSTIC BONUS VIDEOS
01. Woolen Blankets
02. Done Haunting Houses/Spill
On February 14, 2012 the band released a special Valentine's Day download, an alternate performance of the song "India" off of their second EP, The Cartographer. The single was made available on Simple Stereo's website for free, featured no b-side, no special pre-orders, and contained cover art by Billy Duprey.
01. India (alternate version)
On January 11, 2013 the first single from their as-of-yet-unnamed second full-length album, to be released later in 2013, was premiered. Consequence was made available by Simple Stereo as a digital download only, through the name your own price format. The track features no b-side, and the album features artwork by Billy Duprey.
On June 04, 2013, in the wake of the natural disaster Hurricane Sandy, The Republic of Wolves joined the relief effort by contributing an acoustic version of a previously unreleased track to the compilation album: Call to Arms: A Benefit for Sandy Relief. The album is available on Collective Confusion's bandcamp website. The Republic of Wolves have commented that a full recording of the song will be appearing on their as-of-yet-unnamed second full-length album, to be released later in 2013.
01. Turning Lane (acoustic)
On July 22, 2013 the band posted a link on their Facebook for a special release. By purchasing a shirt from their online store, and then sending the band a picture of you in the shirt, you would receive an acoustic version of the song "Keep Clean", to be released on the band's forthcoming album. It is not currently known who did the album artwork that accompanies the song.
01. Keep Clean (acoustic)
On October 16, 2013 in support of their forthcoming sophmore album, No Matter How Narrow, the Republic of Wolves began streaming their first release from the album. The track, available at Absolute Punk, is called "Spare Key" and hearkens back to the album Cardinals by re-using a slightly varied line of the eponymous track's chorus. On November 22, 2013 the band posted on their facebook that another single, called "Pioneers" was available for streaming on the Property of Zach music blog.
01. Spare Key
On November 12, 2013 the Republic of Wolves announced the pre-order for their upcoming sophomore release: No Matter How Narrow. The album will be released in five different packages, each successive edition including more collectible merchandize. As with previous releases from the band, Ben Kehoe has once again created the album artwork. The album, available on both CD and vinyl, contains 14 tracks:
01. Frozen Feet
03. Spare Key
04. Greenville, MO
06. Keep Clean
07. Arithmetic on the Frontier
08. Turning Lane
10. Orange Empire
11. Through Empty Vessels
12. [vinyl bonus] Javelin
13. [vinyl bonus] Consequence
14. [vinyl bonus] Panicked Leaps
Two versions of the vinyl are available: a standard vinyl, as well as a limited release of 500 clear vinyl. If the premiun vinyl package is purchased, the album is accompanied by a signed 12"x12" Giclée art print, a handwritten lyric sheet, a button and sticker pack, and a six-track acoustic EP called Empty Vessels, later made available for purchase seperately, the tracklist of which is as follows:
01. Spare Key (acoustic)
02. Consequence (acoustic)
03. Turning Lane (acoustic)
04. Stray(s) (acoustic)
05. Keep Clean (acoustic)
06. Frozen Feet (acoustic)
On July of 2014 the band announced an exclusive promotional sale to be held through the Ronald Records company: their first 5 albums would be re-issued in casette format, with hand-painted designs, limited to 50 editions each. The orders were made available every friday for five weeks, and then shipped later that season after some minor delays. Purchase of the casettes included a bonus pack of stickers and exclusive buttons, as well as an additional 6th cassette by the band Terra Alive. The casettes included only the standard-issue tracks, and are as follows:
01. His Old Branches, with tangerine swirls
02. Varuna, with red swirls
03. The Cartographer, with blue swirls
04. In The House of Dust, with purple swirls
05. No Matter How Narrow, with turquoise swirls
On October 30, 2014 the band made available for a name-your-own-price special an exclusive album of cover-songs that has been specifically requested by fans during an campaign held earlier in the season. The album, available on the band's bandcamp website, contains 15 songs, with a variety of accompanying videos made available on the band's Youtube page.
01. Welcome Home, originally by Radical Face
02. The Beltsville Crucible, originally by Thrice
03. Re-Arranged, originally by Limp Bizkit
04. Breathe, originally by Anna Nalick
05. Non Fiction, originally by Touché Amoré
06. Shallow Roots, originally by Thrift Store Talent
07. Good Times, originally by Pianos Become the Teeth
08. So Slow, originally by Sophia
09. A.I.R., originally by Friekendellas
10. Daysleeper, originally by Dear and the Headlights
11. Jealous, originally by Beyoncé
12. I Need My Girl, originally by The National
13. Like You Do, originally by Taking Back Sunday
14. Blank Space, originally by Taylor Swift
15. Heavenly Father, originally by Bon Iver