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It's not just about playing music; it's about becoming the music being played.

Them or Us is an original rock band; a creative collaboration between Troy Johnson (guitar), Anthony Burgess (vocals), Mark Cuneo (bass) and Mark Monteverdi (drums). The group has been performing in each other's musical projects over the last 25 years. This lineup finally found they freely express themselves using a wide range of genres such as soul, blues, rock with a touch of angst. The chemistry is strong which is clearly evident in their songs and live performances.  


The members are veterans of the Portland music scene gracing the stages of the Roseland Theater, The Aladdin, Alberta St Pub, Ash Street Saloon, Dante's, Twilight Café, The Tonic Lounge, Hawthorne Hideaway, Starday, Montavilla Station as well as many other places.

Over the course of 2019-2021, the guys have been writing new material which developed into the album LP, Farewell Montague. The songs are a dynamic and melodic demonstration of their musical maturity covering topics of loss, life, love and defiance of norms. The LP has been a labor of love and the music created can be considered the fruit of the friendship the bandmates share.