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Ne’er-do-well Paves His Own Path with “Fun Days”

Austin, Texas based musician, Bryan Rolli (aka Ne’er-do-well), shows that he’s ready to go solo with his debut EP Fun Days. After a decade of making his way through a variety of local bands, he realized that he wouldn’t feel fulfilled until he made his own way.

With the leading single “Compromise”, he tackles the insecurity that comes with coming of age as a young musician in a big city. The feeling that one might have to sacrifice their passions to make ends meet and every decision comes with stark consequences.

“When you’re 18, you feel like you know everything and nothing at the same time, and you think every decision has the power to make or break your life,” he says. “I was terrified of making the wrong choice, of compromising my dreams and settling for the status quo. I realize now that all of those decisions and experiences have a cumulative effect, and I wouldn’t be the person I am without them. Still, I’ll never forget how it felt to be that 18-year-old kid, full of piss and vinegar and racked with terror as I stood on the precipice of the rest of my life.”

The 5-song EP runs the gambit of alternative rock sub genres but manages a thoughtful through line in the form of a personal memory for Rolli: a carnival from his hometown of Boyertown, Pennsylvania that happened every summer. With that starry-eyed sense of summer fun and boundless potential, Rolli looks back fondly at this moment not to stay and linger there, but to help him rock towards the future.

“Compromise” and Fun Days are available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Find this and more excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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