Rogue Wave Setlist
6/9/16 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #
6/10/16 Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown #
6/11/16 Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outdoors #
6/12/16 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger #
6/15/16 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre #
6/16/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom #
6/17/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom #
6/18/16 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up #
6/23/16 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo &
6/24/16 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile &
6/25/16 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall &
8/6/16 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
# w/ Floating Action
& w/ Hibou
Songs like ‘West Coast’ show a real maturation for a band eager to introduce themselves to a broader audience (thus the self-titled album too) and the elegance the Anderson brothers (Samuel on cello, Jacob on viola) add to their songs, is truly unique. The band even found time to work in their cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ into their short set.
The lights are a new addition to the usually no-frills band, lit in solid colors that often ebbed with the beat, looking like pixie stix or even French fries when they were lit solid yellow. The core duo of Zach Rogue- vocals/guitar and Pat Spurgeon- drums/keyboard were joined by Masanori Christianson- bass, glockenspiel; Jon Monahan- guitar; and Nyles Lennon (of Film School )on synths/backing vocals.
“We have a new album out… we’re just glad to be here, people”, Rogue deadpanned before the new ‘Look at Me’. The additional playing members add further depth to the band’s West Coast indie-rock sound (think a less electronic Death Cab for Cutie) and even older songs, like ‘Eyes’ from the Just Friends soundtrack, sounded refreshed and new again.
Playing eight songs from the new Delusions, even fans in the devoted crowd that hadn’t yet picked up the album, were awarded a healthy taste of the new songs. The crowd at the Turf can often be rowdy and beer-swilling, but Rogue Wave had obviously gained their prior respect, with polite clapping (and some occasional cat-calling) between songs, as their devoted reception.
Zach Rogue’s voice was in fine form, both for the new songs and the far earliest like ‘Nourishment Nation’, rising over the glockenspiel bell sounds and Sub Pop-era back beat. Drummer Spurgeon dutifully kept time in the back, his large hair swaying to and fro with the beat, below the lighted towers.
2005’s jangly ‘Publish My Love’ was sweeping in its scope and the band ended with 2007’s ‘Like I Needed’ which may be the only song that inserts the Star Wars classic dialogue line, “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for”. “It’s been so great to be with you tonight… much love” Rogue exclaimed as the band left the stage.
With no delusions of grandeur (or “grand fur”, for that matter); honest, seemingly simple and hard-working bands like Rogue Wave are getting harder and harder to find, so you owe to yourself to catch them when they play your town.
Rogue Wave at Turf Club, St. Paul (25 May 2016)