Song Premiere: Rob Compa “Terra Firma” feat. Russ Lawton and Pat Markley

September 6, 2019
Song Premiere: Rob Compa “Terra Firma” feat. Russ Lawton and Pat Markley

While his main project Dopapod was on hiatus last year, guitarist Rob Compa spent his time refocusing on the art of songwriting. The result is Same Damn Thing, his first-ever solo record, which will be released on Sept. 13.

According to Compa, the eight-track LP features the “core rhythm section” of Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band, Soule Monde) and bassist Pat Markley, as well as special guests like drummer Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz) and bassist Joey Arcuri (Driftwood).

Today, we premiere the track “Terra Firma,” off Same Damn Thing.

“I started writing ‘Terra Firma’ while spending Christmas in my hometown with my Mom and Dad two years ago,” Compa explains. “It was during really confusing and transitional time for me, and I was looking for a lot of answers. One day I was taking a walk, and a pretty serious car accident happened right in front of me. I spent the next few days trying to figure out what that meant, why it happened, and if it was some sort of sign about what I should do, where I should go… whatever. The only realization I ended up having about it was that things like that are completely random. If I invent some kind of message via coincidental events, then I’m making some really important decisions based on things that have nothing to do with me or my situation. ‘Terra Firma’ is essentially about not letting ourselves see random events as omens or fate, and instead basing our decisions on rationality, and what we know is best for ourselves and the people that matter to us.”

For more information on Compa and Same Damn Thing visit his official website.

Below, listen to “Terra Forma,” and check out Compa’s upcoming tour dates with Dopapod.

Dopapod Tour
Oct. 4 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Oct. 5 – Denver, CO Ogden Theatre+
Nov. 23 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA^
Dec. 6 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge %
Dec. 7 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater %
Dec. 13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*
Dec. 14 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*
Dec. 27 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station%
Dec. 28 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse%

+ With Octave Cat
^ DOMi & JD Beck
% paris_monster
* Jojo Mayer / NERVE
% Ghost-Note