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Chicago musician Rob Merz has been writing and recording music for over 18 years as a member of various bands, including Ash Avenue and Good Things. Now he's out on his own in Static In Verona and doing everything himself. The music is a collection of indie pop songs with subtle experimental and electronic undertones.
Since the 2009 release of the debut album, "Be Quiet As You Leave", Merz has found additional influence in various music, such as 1990's Shoegaze, Nugget's garage rock and even classical music and old jazz. All this has permeated into the new songs on the follow-up album, "Everything You Knew Before You Knew Everything", out in 2013. Five songs from the release can currently be downloaded on the sampler EP "Some Things You Knew" at StaticInVerona.com.
"Top-rate stuff to kick off the new year ..."
"Caught my ear right off the bat. Pop music with a nice little twist."
- WXRT radio host Richard Milne
"Nothing short of pop (in the technical sense of the word) genius."
- A Curious Monogram blog