"Chasing You" (from The Best Laid Plans) was played on this terrific local radio show!
We were guests on Voices from the DMV, a radio show featuring local bands on WERA 96.7 in Arlington, VA.
An interview about the band, songwriting and more!
"Hit or Miss," a track from our album The Best Laid Plans, was awarded "Finalist" (3rd Place) in the Pop Category of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest!
A segment from a local comedy podcast promoting "The Best Laid Plans," amongst other topics.
"These four guys make music that is simple, melodic, direct, genuine, and sincere. The group's last album (Hanging By A Thread) really stood out in our minds and The Best Laid Plans has the exact same effect. The focus here is on songs. Nice, smooth, intelligent songs that are never overplayed or oversung. These guys seem to understand the meaning of restraint and how it can be used in their favor...These mid-tempo pop compositions are classic in overall sound and approach. And they also have that amazing quality that makes you want to spin them over and over again. This album contains some of the best pop songs we've heard in months."
"The lead guitar work is clever as he invoked a light touch even as he played quickly...the rhythm section is crisp, vocals clear and melodic...They could take the easier path of being a high quality bar band playing the usual covers, but...their original music will pull you in and make for a fine set of music, well worth visiting some time."
"The nuances of their pop songs come through so well with this fine production and mix...a clean presentation of an acoustic guitar where each string comes through with purpose and is offset by some fine electric guitar leads and fills. The rhythm section is balanced just right and the vocals show warmth in each of these eleven songs...There are enough well felt hooks in some of the songs to stand out as solid radio friendly singles (if there was such a thing anymore)."
"Aside from the changes at lead guitar, this local band continues to offer a rock solid brand of rock music that always plays well in the clubs...the vocals were strong and stayed on top of it all, so the overall effect was good. This was another solid effort from the band on a good night at the Velvet Lounge with a sizable crowd."
"This is the second time I have seen them with their 'new' lead guitarist and it is refreshing that they have been able to keep the quality of the guitar solos at a high level, as that gives them just enough of an added push to make them a more interesting band. But the other component parts keep up as well as these guys know each other well and work as a solid unit, emitting some fine material. It was nice to hear some new cuts along with favorites from their recent album."
"Grateful For A Glance," a track from our debut album Hanging By A Thread, was awarded "Honorable Mention" in the Pop Category of the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest!
"Here is another solid local band with Baltimore-DC connections. My interest tonight was hearing their new guitarist who replaced a key element in their old band. Immediately, he was up to the task, showing off some quick fluid lead work. It was a more subtle sound than before but it was tasty rather than powerful. Either approach works as long as the songs are good, which happens more often than not with this band. Like the opening band tonight, the lead vocalist/acoustic guitarist is the main songwriter, although in this case, the bass player adds some nice style variations a couple of times (a touch funkier). This was another fine 50-minute set that was well received by the decent Friday night crowd."
"The guys in Round About write and record great pop music! These guitar driven pop songs feature great catchy melodies and soft soothing vocals. Hanging By A Thread is a very strong debut, chock full of memorable tunes...polished to perfection...Totally groovy stuff worth seeking out."
"The acoustic guitar kept the rhythm going allowing plenty of high quality lead guitar work. And since they played for excess of 80 minutes, it certainly helped to have a great guitarist in the band. But the songs are also strong enough to stand out from the pack of indie rock bands. There are certainly a couple of gems on the record, and the band brought them to life nicely here tonight. This is all pretty smart material here and man-for-man, the band has the chops to keep a good long set going."
"This is good straight forward indie rock. That hardly narrows it down, but thankfully there are many personal touches that are original enough to allow them to stand out from the crowd. The first thing I notice is the interplay between acoustic guitar and electric guitar. Not only that, but the acoustic guitar playing shows a deft touch more advanced than most. There are some shifts into gutsier rock or into a bit more of a hard country vibe, but the two guitar work and the vocal style steadies it all out and keeps their sonic personality at the fore...highlights are spread out nicely so it is easy to pay attention to all the songs and hear a complete album."
"Washington DC band Round About’s debut album features some stellar guitar solos by Will Potts on the opening track “Partners In Crime.” The same template is found on the first few compositions where the melody is punctuated by Potts noteworthy electric riffs. Songs are well written for the most part."