BioRoommate started out as a solo recording project of Kent Lambert. He recorded the EP Celebs in his Brooklyn NY apartment and self-released it in late 2001. Celebs landed in web journal Uzine's Top 20 releases of 2002 after being hailed as "one of the most promising debuts of recent years". The EP's centerpiece, a tribute (of sorts) to River Phoenix called "RP (forget the metaphors)" was played regularly on Studio Brussel's Duyster radio program in Belgium, and subsequently selected for the "Duyster.Classics" compilation alongside tracks by Low, Cat Power, Tortoise, Sparklehorse, and more.
In 2004 a live Roommate band was formed in Chicago, with members including xylophonist/vocalist Dewayne Slightweight, banjoist "Uncle" Woody Sullender, and musical saw player Evelyn Weston. Other members have included Amy Cimini (viola), Devin Davis (theremin/guitar), Tim Daisy of the Vandermark 5 (vibes/drums), and Jim Duffy of Love Story in Blood Red and the Devin Davis band (drums). The current Roommate band includes Luther Rochester, formerly of Low Skies (analog synths), Seth Vanek of Crap Engine and Velvetron (drums), Mercedes Landazuri, (banjo), Sarah Holtschlag (musical saw), and Roommate veterans Anton Hatwich (bass) and Katie Young (bassoon). The "Celebs" EP was reissued on Chicago's Fresh Produce Records in February 2006, and the first full-length Roommate album, Songs the animals taught us, will be released on Plug Research April 18.