Roddy Scheer began playing the guitar as a freshman in high school when his friend showed him a G chord — and he was hooked. From that point forward he was never without a guitar and was constantly tinkering with new ways to make great sounds. A love of home recording was sparked by a teacher loaning him a cassette four-track recorder over the summer of 1985; the lone resulting track, “Blonde Hair Floozy,” reached the #1 spot on the pop charts at his local high school’s radio station.
The next summer was huge. Relegated to a homestay in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium and forced to take Flemish language lessons daily, Roddy holed up in his upstairs bedroom with the guitar he luckily brought with him and wrote the songs that he would later record as his first album, the hard-to-find, long-out-of-print eponymous “Roddy Scheer.” Several of the tracks on this seminal Roddy Scheer recording—The Cheat, God Above, Questions, Afghani Earrings—can be heard at live performances around the globe.
Bands ensued. The White Fish ruled the roost at said high school, belting out classic rock anthems and a few originals to boot. Then there was Mogote, a blues-rock band with a bawdy attitude and a loyal following every Tuesday night at the Black Rose. Then there was Sour Grapes, a reaction to a reaction. Then onto NYC, with lots and lots of home recording. This period witnessed the true birth of the Roddy Scheer Brothers — as named by Roddy’s parents when they heard his tracks where he plays all the instruments and sings multiple harmony vocal tracks. Fans will fondly remembers tracks like the Upper East Side Bohemian, Fake Tattoos & Spit Shines, and others.
Then onto Seattle in 1999, and eventually the band Swoon, which never made it out of the basement but really should’ve. Then there was that famous 41st birthday party at the Seamonster Lounge, leading to an offer to join the force of nature that would eventually come to be known as Humbucker. A dominant force on the local Seattle music scene from 2012-2015, Humbucker’s mix of alt-country and psychedelic rock wowed audiences clear from Port Angeles to Lake City and points in between (including Seattle’s Tractor Tavern and who can forget the Red Onion?).
From that base of operations Roddy launched the Heavy Hitter side project, a vehicle for funky jams and improvised instrumentals.
Then in 2015 Roddy moved to the Bay Area and started Eclective, an eclectic collective of musicians and rappers that played several sold out shows at small venues around San Francisco.
Upon a triumphant return to Seattle in 2018, Roddy took up ranks with many of his old music friends and the modern form of the Roddy Scheer Brothers became a reality. Check it out at a stage near you soon!