Rogue Wave Asks, What Comes After the Calm?


A rogue wave is one that appears out of nowhere, with no prior hint. While seemingly random, a physics research paper on the phenomenon found “rogue [waves]do not necessarily appear without a warning, but are often preceded by a short phase of relative order”. It’s the calmness of the water around this wave that lends it significance.

This is all to say that “What Is Left To Solve”, the new single from Rogue Wave, has risen from a pool of relative calmness. Nothing on their previous effort, 2013’s Nightingale Floors, with its sparse and light sounds, portended a spacy synth and drum heavy track.

12688155_10153667195648241_4672047112729741745_nZack Rogue sounds farther away here, as if at the top of this wave looking down on the waters below.  The question on his mind here seems to be, do I have anything left to say and is there anything that hasn’t been said before? After over a decade and five full-length albums Rogue may be running into that existential question. It’s a question any creator, whether artist or inventor, must face at some point.

The problem with living in the present is it feels like no stone has been unturned, it’s all been done before. On Strand of Oaks track “Shut In”, Timothy Showalter felt something similar when he sang “I was born in the middle / Maybe too late / Everything good had been made”. It takes a certain kind of courage to yell into the void and hope it gets heard. Rogue Wave is hoping there was a calm before this storm.

Delusions of Grand Fur drops April 29th on Easy Sound Recording Company.

Dates for Rogue Wave’s upcoming tour:

05/05 Oakland, CA – Starline Ballroom

05/06 Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall

05/07 San Francisco, CA – The independent

05/10 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

05/11 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall

05/12 Boston, MA – The Sinclair

05/13 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

05/14 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

05/15 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s

05/17 Washington, DC – Black Cat

05/18 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

05/19 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

05/20 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

05/21 St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House

05/22 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room

05/24 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall

05/25 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club

05/26 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

06/09 Dallas, TX – Club Dada

06/11 Austin, TX – Mohawk Outdoors

06/12 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger

06/17 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom

06/18 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

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