Chasing Carmen Live at the Levee

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on February 27, 2012

Sometimes the best projects are born through nights spent sitting around with friends, bouncing ideas off of each other.

For Chasing Carmen, a four piece alternative rock band started a Fairfield University, their start came out of such a situation when guitarist/lyricist Zakk Rogg-Meltzer and lead singer Evan D’Abrosca started jamming together with their acoustic guitars. Since then the band grew to include Joey D’Alessio and Nikita Peperni, who has since been replaced by Pete Sweeney.

“We had a good camaraderie and played well off of each other,” said Zakk. ““We have been going strong ever since.”

The band was still stunned that now, two years to the day since the conception of this small project, the Levee steadily packed full of nearly 160 students, waiting patiently for the band to take the stage and celebrate their album release to iTunes and all major music downloading sites.

The first song they played came off of the new album, titled Angels and Devils. The rest of the set included some of their earlier songs, as well as a few covers of other alternative rock bands from which the members draw inspiration.

“We had 160 friends singing along and giving us a standing ovation and encore at the end,” said Zakk. “It was pretty awesome.”

The band has been touring much of the east coast since 2010, slowly growing a following and signing to a management deal. Things are looking up, and they couldn’t be more excited for what else is in store in the future.

“We hope to ultimately get signed to a major label and tour the world. We know those are lofty goals, but we believe they are within reach,” said Zakk. “We plan on going on tour this summer and playing a large festival as well. We look forward to seeing you all out there at our shows. Keep the chase alive.”

The band can be reached at www.chasingcarmen.com, and their next show is March 19 at the Delancy in New York, New York.

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