The Rightovers began as a solo project for Chris Holmes (Conceptus, Lil' Pizzas) while he was attending grad school in Hawaii about five years ago. He had a collection of songs that he had recorded in a home studio, but he needed a drummer to complete them. He ended up mailing Mike Kamoo (the Loons, the Stereotypes) a drive with the songs, and he knocked out the drum parts back in the mainland. That album, Blue Blood, was released in 2015 and, according to Holmes, veered a bit more towards indie-pop.
Holmes and bandmate Matthew Baab grew-up going to indie and punk shows in the 1990s. The music seeped into their souls, and eventually played a major role in the songs that they contributed to their 2019 album Die Cruisin’. The two guitarists recruited Mike Kamoo to play drums once again, while they handled bass and vocal duties on their individual songs. Once the album was finished, Marcos Lizcano entered the fold playing bass guitar, and Lumpy LoPilato rounded out the rhythm section as their permanent drummer.
(Photograph by Brenna Brock)