Rumpus Room are an indie-rock band who've been around in some form or another since 1996.
Rumpus Room started as a non-electric collaboration between brothers Scott Newth (bass, vocals) and Andrew Newth (guitar), both formerly known for the electronic Love and Violence, plus Greg Page (drums) and for a short period Scott Brodie (vocals, woofing; from Inchworm). It formed as something less serious than the Newth's other bands at the time, on instruments they couldn't play.
A number of line-up changes have followed, including the additions of another brother, Kent Newth (guitar), and cellist Jane Pierard. Chris Paki (guitar, vocals), also from Love and Violence, replaced Kent Newth when he left to live in Korea. Jane left for Wellington, and Andrew took a year off at one stage also.
The single "JBS" (short for "Jane's Birthday Song") was nominated for a b-net New Zealand music award in 1999 and topped the New Zealand Alternative Radio play charts for three weeks. The Greg Page directed video tied for first place (with the Black Seeds) for the Knack Award at the Flying Fish New Zealand Video Awards in 2000.
- Dog was released on the 1997 compilation Green Eggs and Hamilton
- She's Like a Tree appears on the 1998 promo CD NZ on Air Indie Hit Disc 7
- JBS appears on the 2000 promo CD NZ on Air Indie Hit Disc 11
- She Says appears on the 2000 promo CD NZ on Air Indie Hit Disc 12
- Fall appears on the 2001 compilation Year Zero
- Step Around appears on the 2002 compilation Zero.one
- Head Down was released on The Locals soundtrack in 2003
- Any Way You Want appears on the 2006 compilation Area 07
- Living Life in Reverse appears on the 2016 compilation Life Beneath a Gravel Streak
- Elephant appears on the 2020 compilation No Sound: A Nivara Lounge Fundraiser
- Hang Around appears on the 2020 compilation In Thrust We Trust