Holy Moly & Cool Perth Nights presents four of the best upcoming Perth indie bands under one roof on November 19th!
Perth act Rogues have hit the ground running on the Perth music scene and are promising bigger and better things going forward as they take their craft to new and exciting heights. After meeting in high-school, the group joined forces in 2016 with their collective vision of redefining the modular sounds of eighties synth for a new age more fragmented and discerning than ever before.
It was a union as unholy as it was unlikely, aligning musicians from diverse cultures and musical backgrounds far beyond the Perth city-limits. With members from Colombia (drummer Cristian Galindo), Scotland (vocalist Graeme White), England (bassist Zach Brown) and Albany (guitarist Luke Tulloch) there was never a prototype to emulate which ushered Rogues in a direction they could only carve out for themselves.
The depth and considered approach to the group’s sound has been fostered and galvanised by the direction of bass player Zach Brown, who channels his degree in classical composition at WAAPA through a poignant and contemporary lense. Influences from genre spearheads like Tears for Fears and Depeche Mode are evident on the surface, but Brown contextualises this with a broad and classical approach to songwriting, incorporating luminary composers of the past with that of modern day ground-breakers like Phillip Glass.
The group’s first single Double Vision saw the band place one foot on the springboard of the past with the express intent of propelling their musical ambitions forward. Their vision is starting to take shape, with an upcoming debut EP produced by Matt Gio at Rada Studios due out in October 2017. The release will be preceded by the group’s second single, but Brown has emphasised their new work won’t just follow the lead of Double Vision, stating there is wealth of genres and artists weaved into the fabric of everything they do.
Rogues reimagine the approaches from inspirations as unexpected as Kanye West or The Weeknd, taking little things they like about these artists and “finding ways to make it their own.” Zach Brown also hints there are”tracks that are more alt-rock or R&B focused,” on the EP which will no doubt exemplify the groups unique approach in stellar sonic form. The release is set for first class treatment being mastered by Grammy award winning William Bowden in Tasmania, who has put his hand to modern Australian classics such Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.
Rogues are a band to watch out for this year. Keep up to date with their upcoming releases, shows and news by following them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can hear their first single Double Vision and more new music coming soon on Youtube or Triple J Unearthed.
With support from Oh White Mare, SOAP and Black River Ransom.