The Troumatics is a Fort Worth based indie rock trio featuring singer / songwriter / guitarist Steve “Doc Roc” Troum, bassist Wyatt “Doc Riot” Webb, and drummer Dan “Sonic Boom” Elliot.
The music is heavily influenced by late-80’s/early-90’s college alternative mixed with some classic rock and a splash of Britpop and psychedelic 60’s. Think R.E.M./Smithereens meets Tom Petty/Steve Miller meets Oasis/Beatles/Byrds. Yeah, that’s a lot, but it works. The band recorded their first 14 tracks with producer Taylor Tatsch (Cut Throat Finches, Maren Morris, and a ton of Fort Worth artists), mastered by Todd Pipes (Deep Blue Something, Flickerstick, Drowning Pool, etc), and are currently working with Todd Pipes on the next set of songs. The band’s first single, “Rocket In Flight”, was released June 10, 2021 along with the Troumatics’ first public performance at Magnolia Motor Lounge. Since then, singles have been released throughout 2021 and 2022 (including a successful Christmas song), and will culminate with the release of their first full length album “Watch Me Burn” in 2023.
The Troumatics started as the songwriting project of Stephen Troum who had been doing his own home recording of demos since the early 2000’s and enjoyed some chart success on the independent musician website Broadjam.com. Steve “Doc Roc” Troum is an actual physician specializing in hand surgery in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. His medical school band “Peel and Eat Shrimp” included his brother Kenn Scott who is famous for playing ninja turtle Raphael in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies of the 1990’s and star of the martial arts cult classic “Showdown”. That band played around Winston-Salem, North Carolina during the late 1980’s including a show at the famous but now defunct Baity’s Backstreet Music Garden. Eventually, through very different paths, both brothers found their way to Texas. During the past few years, Steve has become active with the Dallas Songwriters Association and Fort Worth Songwriters Association developing his original music and playing solo acoustic sets around Dallas/Fort Worth. Ultimately, Steve would win the 2021 DSA Songwriter of the Year Award. He met bassist Dave “BabyLeg” Cross through his brother and, in 2019, the pair started the band that would become the Troumatics. Drummer Mike Meyer had done demo studio work with Steve during his home recording phase in early 2000’s and would join the band as the first drummer. Mike “Flyer” Meyer was a key force in developing drum parts and performing in the studio during the initial recording sessions as well as their first public show. Dan “Sonic Boom” Elliot would take over drums after Mike retired as an airline pilot and opted to spend his new found freedom traveling for pleasure. Dan also provided vocal harmonies as well as develop drum parts to the newer songs. BabyLeg would move on to other musical projects in 2022. Bass guitar duties would soon be taken over by Wyatt “Doc Riot” Webb, who is also a physician.
The current line-up continues to emerge onto the Fort Worth music scene and beyond. Venues played in 2021-23 include Magnolia Motor Lounge, Lola’s Trailer Park, Main At South Side (MASS), The Post at River East, Twilite Lounge Fort Worth, The Cicada, Harvest House (Denton), Southside Preservation Hall FW, Growl Records, O’Riley’s Dallas, Mayfest, Wildflower festival, and the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The band has been featured in the media including Fort Worth Weekly, Fort Worth Report, 76092 Magazine (subsidary of 360 West) and various internet outlets. Several songs have enjoyed prominent local radio airplay on such stations as KXT, KEGL 97.1 the Freak, KNON, KTCU, 88.1 Indie KNTU, KUZU 92.9, Rarity Rock Radio, Deep Dallas Radio, & Rock Rage Radio. The band has also been featured on local podcasts including Fort Worth Roots and The Funkytown Podcast.
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