Ruse De Guerre, Bencoolen, The Firnats

Ruse De Guerre


Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area by way of Reston, VA, Ruse de Guerre combines the dynamic sensibilities of alternative rock, the melodic intricacies of jazz and blues, the postmodern lyrical elements of contemporary indie and DIY punk, and a frenetic live energy rooted in the D.C. hardcore community.

In July of 2015, they played their first show opening for hometown heroes, RDGLDGRN. Less than two weeks later, Ruse de Guerre played their first ever headlining show at Jammin' Java and sold out the venue. Since then, the band has headlined some of the area’s most well-known venues such as Black Cat, DC9, and the Rock & Roll Hotel, and have embarked on two East Coast tours.

Their debut EP, "Empire", was recorded entirely analog at the historic Inner Ear Studio with legendary producer Don Zientara (Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Foo Fighters, John Frusciante). It is now available on all digital music platforms everywhere & physical CD. In 2017, the band began working on their first full length project at WrightWay Studios in Baltimore with studio engineer, Drew Lamond (Jay-Z, Slipknot, Mos Def, MIA, Avril Lavigne). It is currently scheduled for release in Summer 2018.


Known for their live act, Bencoolen defines their sound as maximalist rock with soaring vocal lines, massive guitar tones, and swift saxophone solos. The band was credited as the best Washington, DC college band of 2015, was featured in USA Today, closed an Arlington, Virginia festival, opened for notable acts like Southern Belles, Atlas Road Crew, Cold War Kids, and has booked big ticket stages like Nationals Stadium, 9:30 Club, and the Broadberry.

The Firnats

The Firnats are a guitar driven indie band composed of pretty boys Sean Flanagan, Griffin Low, Seth Itkin, and Kurtis Kunkel.



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