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Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
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Hat Trick Heroes
By Julie Garisto
Published May 16, 2007
THE HEROES: Michealangelo "Mikey" Rumore, vocals and bass; Santino Rumore, vocals and guitar; and Christian Peters, drums.
FORMED: 2005, in Tampa
NOT YET VOTING AGE: Mikey is 17, Santino is 14, and Christian is 17.
ON THEIR WAY: They scored a publishing deal with Combustion Music/Windswept - same company that signed Kings of Leon - and a contract with APA booking agency.
EP:If You're Scared . . . Then Turn Around (2006) available on iTunes and CDBaby, and at the band's gigs.
RED ROOM SESSIONS: Demos are recorded in an empty building on the Paragon Music Center property in Tampa. The guys think the building may be haunted by a young man whose body was found there.
GLAM BAM: Wade Hayes, formerly of glam-metal band Roxx Gang, works at Paragon and taught Santino some guitar. "He helps me a lot, " Santino says. "He taught me some licks. We built a guitar with him and a little output thing with a pickup. After being able to jam with him, he's one of my favorite guitar players. He's also a friend."
THEIR SOUND: They call themselves a power-rock trio. They play big bluesy riffs and jams influenced by Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix but with a sincerity and sing-along pop appeal.
GOOD BREEDING: The Rumores' dad, Dick Rumore, owns Paragon Music, and their mentor growing up was the store's Rock School instructor Lee Ahlin. Their dad raised them to love jazz and a broad range of tunes. Santino listened to more Frank Sinatra than your average boy growing up, and Mikey Rumore's favorite record is Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.
IRONIC NAME? Rumore means "noise" in Italian. "That couldn't have been an accident!" Mikey Rumore jokes.
FORMER BANDS: The bandmates all played in Squirrels Gone Wild and Jamms, both led by Ahlin. The Rumores also performed with Sonny La Rosa's America's Youngest Jazz Band.
LONG-DISTANCE AFFAIR: Peters lives in Iowa. He visits for shows and to record.
NAME INSPIRATION: Peters heard a TV announcer say "hat trick heroes" during a Thanksgiving Day football game.
CHECK 'EM OUT: At 9 p.m. Friday (May 18) for Joran Slane's Birthday Bash, featuring Auditorium, the Semis and Daylight District, at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $5. 18 and older admitted. (813) 241-8600.