While sitting in the Student Union, former Buffalo State College student Rob DeGuehery
noticed someone passing by who looked like a bass player.
His name was Jason Roman, and DeGuehery was right: he played bass.
The two struck up conversation and later created the band Rustworm.
"For about three months, I kept seeing this long-haired kid with a beard," DeGuehery said,
Rustworm's singer and guitarist. "We started talking and the next day I brought in some
stuff I'd been working on, and we decided to start a band."
Roman in turn brought guitarist Chris Sirgey into the group, and DeGuehery ran into friend
and drummer Rich Gammons, who had heard the band was forming and offered to play for
Rustworm has been together since November 2010 according to band members, and
played their first show the following January. They were featured on WBNY 91.3 FM,
Buffalo State's student-run radio station, in May 2011.
They have just released their first album, which is entitled Granular Depth, consisting of
nine original tracks.
"We put it together in about a year," Sirgey said. "With the exception of the song ‘202.
69.74' everything on the album was mixed by us."
Each member of the band said they write their own parts but DeGuehery is the primary
lyricist, whose song topics range from relationships to living as "just a number in the
Even the members of the band have trouble categorizing their sound into a musical genre.
"It can all be thrown under the category of gothic rock," said Roman.
There are elements of metal, rock, punk and industrial music throughout the album. They
are able to seamlessly mesh all of those genres together to create an intense, suspenseful
and often dream-like sound.
They also aren't afraid of thinking outside of the box when trying to get that industrial feel.
In their song "Source 1," DeGuehery takes a power drill and holds it to the microphone
while drilling into a metal can. The result is the sound of a scary and thrilling mechanical
Roman said that Sirgey's guitar technique is another quality that makes them unique. Other
members agree, describing his sound as atmospheric.
So far things have gone very smoothly for Rustworm according to members.
"We work pretty well together," Gammons said. "Sometimes it's hard to work with
everyone's schedules but there haven't been any problems outside of that."
One other issue the band seems to have is finding other bands that are similar enough to
them to put in the same show.
"We've gotten a couple more contacts recently, like the guys in another band called Ghost
Sequence," DeGuehery said. "Hopefully we'll be doing stuff with them more often. We're
just trying to start our own little rat pack."
This rat pack includes DREK, a band in which Gammons also plays drums.
Gammons said this lack of similar bands can cause problems when setting up for a live
"The sound guys don't know how to mic us," he said. "Sometimes they try to use the setup
that goes well for really heavy metal bands, but it doesn't really sync up right."
On the other hand the bands that do work with Rustworm tend to be very good about
helping to get each other's names out there.
"I think Buffalo is really pretty good about networking and having bands be able to say, ‘We
want to help you guys out,' and in return saying, ‘What we can do for you?'"
As of now Rustworm doesn't have any shows scheduled for the near future, but are
working on scheduling a performance at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
They are always working on new material, which can be heard on their Facebook page at
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