The fourth LP from California rockers Rogue Wave comes on the heels of darkened and dramatic circumstances — sadly, nothing new for a band that’s dealt with the tragic death of a bandmate, serious health issues for others. This time out the suffering was as personal as possible for Zach Rogue, who found himself immobilized and bed-ridden after a freak back accident which took months to heal. While recovering and regaining use of his limbs, he told drummer Pat Spurgeon he “wanted to make a dance record,” and elaborated to Jessica in a Progress Report that Permalight was about “physical music, about the visceral experience of hearing music and letting your body move to it.” We’re told the album shifts shapes from track to track, but its first listen, “Good Morning,” is in line with that mission to celebrate bodily movement on a guitar rocker that burrows its keyboards and beats a few feet from the club.
Rogue Wave – “Good Morning” (MP3)
Permalight is out 3/2 via Brushfire. It’s the band’s first album to have recording sessions away from their Oakland base, logging time at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Mississippi with producer Dennis Herring. Here’s hoping for more Mr. Showy videos.