Our Story

The Small Change Romeos sizzle with vocal harmonies, ear candy tunes and guitar driven Americana rock n' roll. Songwriters Chris James and Mike Ruy, backed by Drummer Matt Berg, Bassist  AJ Leighton and Keyboardist John Patterson, have been developing their craft together for several years creating a musical synergy that is contagious on and off the stage. Drawing from a number of influences and musical genres that range from Rock, Country, and Blues to Alternative, the band is renowned for firing up audiences with memorable songs, a classic sound, and an engaging, energized live show.

"Small Change Romeos are a killer band and I've been lucky enough to sit in with them both onstage and in the studio. I dig that they always wear their hearts on their sleeves in their songs...which is a pleasure and a rarity in today's market" -Dave Rude, Tesla

In 2007 their album “Fool’s Gold” attracted the attention of the majors and the band was able to secure a music placement contract with Gotham Records out of NYC. The record features a host of talented musical guests including: Dave Rude (Tesla), J Bowman of (Spearhead) and Phil Bennett (Starship).

In addition, the Small Change Romeos have had plays on many West Coast radio stations including 107.7 The Bone, 91.1 KMUD, 90.1 Pirate Cat FM, and KGO 810 AM. They have also had music featured in commercials seen on various TV stations including CNN, and they have been broadcast on XM SIRIUS satellite radio as well as various other Internet stations. They have also been a featured act on the ongoing Comcast television show SF Sound.

Their track “Not Like This” was chosen to be part of the SAUZA "LIVE ALL SUMMER" compilation CD that distributed 40,000 copies nationwide and they also landed a spot as SNOCAP's featured artist and download. The Romeo’s video and song “01.20.09” can been seen on a number of "call for change" websites including BushsLastDay.com and was one of Bruce Springsteen's personal picks for a playlist on E STREET SIRIUS RADIO. Together they have played hundreds of live shows and have done a number of corporate events for companies including KOHLER, and NET SUITE.

"Small Change Romeos are a rising band, with great pop sensibilities, energy, and emotion..." -Ted Ramey, SF EXAMINER

"SCR is a real rock band. They bring to mind an edgy, dynamic and classic sound that is missing in so much of todays music. Great songwriting and awesome onstage performance and energy". Working with them both on the stage and in the studio has always been a pleasure and an incredible experience..." -Phil Bennett, Starship