Ambient, arresting, and disturbingly addictive, Ramona the Pest delivers razor sharp songs with conviction and without apology. RTP blends such influences as the Pixies and PJ Harvey with their own appetite for the atmospheric to create a sound sometimes compared to the legendary Patti Smith and Kristen Hersh. Emotionally potent, Ramona the Pest could be the soundtrack to your heartbreak or it just might be the remedy.

Cofounders Valerie Esway and Lucio Menegon have managed to create a tight, professional pop act since modest beginnings in 1996 as an acoustic duo. The years of shows, tours and albums have seen RTP morph stylistically yet always offer a distinct, original sound. Fans from coast to coast have been drawn to their magnetically mischievous shows, adding to the chorus of rave reviews from critics, talent buyers and audiences in rock clubs, coffeehouses and all ages venues.

Ramona the Pest will continue to promote it's strong DIY aesthetic and seeks to establish a sound, long term relationship with a solid independent record label for future releases so it can concentrate on doing what it does best - writing great music, making great records and getting out there and putting on great shows.


2003 Contrary Sanctuary (pestilent) #2 KALX 90.7 April 6, 2003
2002 Birds Bugs Bones top 35 KALX March 2002
2000 Little Knives top 35 KALX 2000
1999 Honeymoon Tape
1998 Cans of Worms top 35 KALX 1998
1997 Monsters & Martyrs
1996 10 songs


Heyday Records' Out of the Gate 2001
bEASTfest compilations 2002, 2001
Jarmusic (Germany) compilation 2001

bEASTfest 2002, 2001
CMJ Change fest 2000
RockerGirl 2000


Sobering 2002 (thad povey)
Be Like Them 2001(thad povey)
AT&T Broadband - SF 2000 (live)
Berkeley Public Access 2000 (live)


"Beeline" (Little Knives) nominated for best song - Just Plain Folks 2002.

Select Press:

"RAMONA THE PEST play hard hitting and airtight pop.  RTP demonstrates that a veteran unit with top notch song writing skills and loads of talent is a band that you can trust to deliver the goods time and time again." The Crass Menagerie

"...Independent music at its finest..." Urban View

"...brilliant pop songs tempered with dark lyrics..." Synthesis

"...Lithe, chilling vocals...accentuated by a lush and creepy-crawly sound, bedecked with atmospherics." East Bay Express


Contact and Booking Info:

Ramona the Pest P.O. Box 9578, Berkeley, CA 94709-0578

info (at)