Local darlings and indie rock kings Rogue Wave may be Noise Pop veterans, but fans can expect a fresh approach and completely revamped live show when the band returns from an almost two year hiatus to play an intimate show this year at Bottom of the Hill.
Formed in 2002 by the charismatic lead singer Zach Rogue, the band has gone through some tumultuous times of ups and downs over the past few years. With the departure and death of Evan Farrell, Rogue and drummer Pat Spurgeon found themselves retuning their sound with the addition of new members Cameron Jasper on bass and Dominic East on guitar, pedal steel, and vocals. After touring in support of Death Cab for Cutie and Jack Johnson, the band took a hiatus to work on Permalight, which will be released on Brushfire Records on March 2, 2010.
Spurgeon is clearly excited when he talks about the upcoming BOTH show. “There is great musicianship in the band right now; we’ve got a new level of proficiency. People can expect to see a new band, and it’ll be really nice to do the show the way we want to do it,” says Spurgeon. What will differ from previous shows is the band’s focus on the technical aspects of the performance and their efforts to recreate the visceral sounds and experience of the tracks on the album. Spurgeon described that they’ll make use of trigger pads and effects pedals to emulate the slicker and more produced sound of their recordings. The band takes off on an extensive tour of the US and beyond the day after the BOTH show, so this is your chance to catch them in their hometown before they blow up on the road.