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New Single: “Never Afraid” – Bo and the Locomotive

Listen to “Never Afraid,” a song from Bo and the Locomotive’s It’s All Down Here From Here, out January 27.

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New Video: “Tell You a Story” – Southwork

Watch the video for “Tell You a Story,” a song from Southwork’s Wear Your Heart Out.

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New Split 7”: Joyce Manor/Toys That Kill

Listen to Joyce Manor’s “Tame” and Toys That Kill’s “Times We Can’t Let Go,” two tracks from their upcoming split 7”, out December 9.

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New Single: “Home Again” – Dam Gila

Listen to “Home Again,” a song from Dam Gila’s debut LP, So Long, Leisure, out today.

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Video: “The Art of Hanging On” – Sneakout

Watch the video for “The Art of Hanging On,” a song from Sneakout’s Letting Go Mixtape.

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Single: “Mean World” – dAVID sTRANGE

Listen to “Mean World,” a song from dAVID sTRANGE’s self-titled EP, out January 20.

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November 13: Hey Rosetta! at the 9:30 Club

Thursday, November 13 // 7pm // 9:30 Club

Gearing up for their show with STARS on Thursday at the 9:30 Club, Hey Rosetta! guitarist Adam Hogan talked with STPP about the band, their latest album, and touring.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

STPP: How do you describe Hey Rosetta!’s overall sound? Do you think there’s a particular subgenre that fits the band?

Adam Hogan: Hmmm, I always find this question to be a tough one. Not because we’re necessarily difficult to classify, but because I personally have a tough time doing it. I’ve heard us described as indie folk, folk rock, garage rock, indie rock, alternative rock, art rock, baroque pop, and so on. I’m not sure if these labels help to enlighten or simply confuse people as to what our band might sound like!

STPP: How long has the band been together? How did it start?

AH: The band is closing in on 10 years together. It began when Tim (the singer/songwriter) decided to assemble a small group, with the hopes of performing some of the songs he had been writing. The initial idea was for it to be a pretty mellow acoustic­y thing, featuring a piano, cello, double bass, and maybe some light percussion. That setup may have lasted a week or so, and it wasn’t long before there were electric guitars, an electric bass, a full drum kit, and eventually horns, and keyboards. The dynamic range and sonic palette grew larger as a result. We started playing shows in our hometown of St. John’s, NL, a few months after the group formed, and a year or so later we bought a van and started touring Canada. It’s almost 10 years later and we’re still doing it.

STPP: What are the benefits and drawbacks to having seven people in the band?

AH: I think the biggest benefit is our ability to cover a wide range of sound in our live shows. We’ve got seven sets of hands and feet, and seven voices performing each song on stage, and as a result we are able to cover most of the sounds that we’ve recorded on our albums. The biggest drawback of having seven people is that someone is inevitably late for lobby call.

STPP: How did your approach to recording Second Sight differ from your approach to previous releases?

AH: I think the biggest difference was the amount of time we had. Before entering the studio, we spent about a year and a half in St. John’s writing and demoing, and doing little to no touring. This luxury of time was something we’d never really had in the past. All of our previous recordings were fairly rushed, made between touring, with little to no pre-production. This time around, we stopped touring almost entirely, and setup little makeshift studios in various spaces in St. John’s to record fairly extensive demos. We were engineering and “producing” these demos we were creating.

STPP: What do you think was the effect of taking that approach?

AH: The effect of this approach was that we had a pretty good idea of what the record would/could sound like before we even entered the studio.

STPP: What is your favorite thing about touring?

AH: Although there are many wonderful aspects of the touring lifestyle, being able to play five or six nights a week is easily the desirable part of it.

STPP: Have you had any particularly memorable shows so far?

AH: We played the Peats Ridge Festival in Australia on New Year’s Eve a few years ago and had what I think was one of our most memorable shows. This was our first trip to Australia and we’d been there for about week at this point. We’d settled into our campground at the festival and were having drink, relaxing in the sun, when we got a phone call from the stage manager asking us where the hell we were as our set was slated to begin in 10 minutes. Our tour manager had mixed up the schedule; we were all under the impression that we had several hours before our show was to begin. Needless to say, we were all a little panicked during our 5-minute sprint across the campground to our venue. We scrambled onto the stage and set our equipment up in a frenzied manner, simultaneously angry and sad that our set time was going to be cut short as a result of our tardiness. After a rushed line check, we finally looked up, wiped the sweat out of our eyes, and discovered the 200 or so festival-goers that had crammed themselves into our tent… a welcomed surprise for an unknown Canadian band on their first tour so far from home. During the 50 minutes of performance that followed, we experienced this beautiful, joyous, drunken new year’s eve energy from the crowd. It was one those connections that’s formed between performer and audience that gives you such an incredible high…this feeling of all being in it together. There we were, a group of friends playing songs for a field full of strangers on the other side of the globe, helping to create this special moment. Although it is a bit hazy in memory, it felt very poignant at the time.

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New Single: “SHOTGUN” – Bad Cop

Listen to “SHOTGUN,” the second single from Bad Cop’s Wish You Well…and Goodbye.

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New Video: “Revelations” – Dirt Dress

Watch the video for “Revelations,” the title track from Dirt Dress’ new EP, out November 18.

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New Video: “Plants and Worms” – Girlpool

Watch the video for “Plants and Worms,” a song from Girlpool’s debut self-titled EP out November 18.

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