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Released November 9, 2021

The Way

I wrote several songs in the 2013-2018 time frame, which I consider some of my best songs. They were almost all rock songs in style. I kept saying I would record them on a new album, but I was having too much fun playing live with my bands, Scupanon and Electric Poetry. Then, in March, 2020, a virus caused all my live shows to be cancelled. I was bummed out, of course. I love playing in bands for people.

Since I couldn't play live, I decided to use the downtime to get these songs recorded. I chose The Keep Recording in Denver, Colorado and engineer Jeff Kanan. Jeff Kanan also served as a co-producer, assisting me with the arrangements. I selected 13 songs and 2 instrumentals for the album, written as far back as 2004 and as late as 2020, but mostly from that 2013-2018 time frame. A team of outstanding professional musicians contributed their ideas and skills. The result is my biggest and best recording yet-- The Way.

When I released the instrumental rock album Roses in 2016, under the bandname of Total Flower Chaos, I said that it was to correct the imbalance in my recorded music-- too much folk and not enough rock. The Way is a further step in that direction. But as the title song of the album says, "It was just a stop along The Way."

To read about the making of The Way, click here and here.

--Rob Roper November 10, 2021

How to Hear the Songs of The Way

You can buy the CD or download the songs on my Bandcamp site or Apple itunes site.
You can also hear the songs on itunes, Spotify, and other streaming platforms.
Please be aware, however, that downloads pay artists much more than streaming.

Before you download, however, I should point out that the artwork by Pat Creyts is awesome, as you can see from the above graphic.
So you might consider getting the CD for the beauty of it.

Denver residents can buy The Way and my other CDs at Twist and Shout Record Store.

The Songs

  • 1. You Don't Know
  • 2. Mama Had a Mohawk
  • 3. 3-Legged Dog
  • 4. Empty
  • 5. The Way
  • 6. The Cure Goes Surfing
  • 7. Metadata (We're Watching You)
  • 8. The Neighborhood
  • 9. Everything's Going to be Alright
  • 10. The Last Judgment
  • 11. I Didn't Believe
  • 12. Too Much Traffic
  • 13. None of the Above
  • 14. Too Late
  • 15. 2am
  • 16. Sea of Hope

Produced by Rob Roper and Jeff Kanan

Hi Rob! I just listened to your new new album info this morning and I am blown away! It is so amazing and you had me dancing my ass off in my kitchen! I love that it is so eclectic and crosses genres… I heard reggae, punk, surf rock, rock 'n' roll, new wave. I really like a lot of the lyrics. They were very thoughtful and philosophical and lots of wisdom. Great job and congratulations!
--Amy Neuser
Rob Roper’s new album, The Way, superbly recorded and co-produced by Jeff Kanan (The Keep), is a collection of Rob’s original songs, brought to life with a group of hand-picked studio musicians. The arrangements are tight, ranging from folk rock to Denver punk to a beach rock instrumental homage to Dick Dale. My favorites are Metadata and I Didn’t Believe, and many more from the sets we played together as Scupanon in 2018-2019 BC (before Covid).

The (sometimes uneven) vocals are nevertheless powerful, reminiscent of Joe Strummer, albeit more understandable than those of “toothless” Joe (RIP). Overall this is a strikingly original collection of songs that you will want to play many times over. I have, and it just gets better and better. Nice work, Rob and band!
--Diamond Jim Hewitt, Barn Jazz Productions

The Musicians

  • Rob Roper:
    Lead vocals, 6 and 12-string electric guitars, electric baritone guitar, acoustic guitar, synth
  • Dave Preston:
    Electric 6-string guitars, electric baritone guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Jeremy Lawton: Piano, organ, synth
  • Ryan Watts: Electric bass
  • Ryan Elwood: Drums
  • Molly Zackary: Backing vocals
  • Marissa Russo: Backing vocals

  • Congas and Shakers on "3-Legged Dog":
    Sam Caston
  • "Newscasters on "Too Much Traffic":
    Jeff Kanan, Molly Zackary
  • "Protest Speaker" on "Metadata (We're Watching You":
    Marissa Russo
  • Guest guitar solos on "Mama Had a Mohawk":
    Brent Loveday
  • Backing vocals on "Mama Had a Mohawk":
    Brent Loveday, Jonny Barber, Molly Zackary, Ryan Watts, Graeme Clark-James

Recorded and Mixed by Jeff Kanan

at The Keep Recording, Denver, Colorado

(Some guitars recorded by Rob Roper at his home in Denver.)

Mastered by Anna Frick at Airshow, Boulder, Colorado

Hi Rob. Man I just got done listening to the Way and I have to tell you that it was fucking fantastic!! It is your masterpiece. At different points it had me rocking out, swaying slowly, laughing, and fighting back tears. I can’t wait to get the CD with your John Hancock. Will definitely go in my regular rotation. I was a fan of Misfit, but you took it to another level here.
--Tim Ruiz Brown

Wow! Holy Shit!! Wow! Wow!
--Ken Morris