ROGUE WAVE – Santa Cruz 4/7/10
First it was Mavericks, now the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. Each produced a rogue wave that led to significant consequences. The former knocked down a bunch of spectators – the latter Rogue Wave got people shaking their shit voluntarily. Lead singer Zach Rogue, drummer Pat Spurgeon and the gang brought their new album and new sound to Surf City U.S.A. on Wednesday night. They dropped bombs of musical physicality from Permalight on an audience that came to groove. A packed dance floor jumped to “We Will Make a Song Destroy” and “Solitary Gun.” The band even re-mixed some classics performing a hopped up version of “Eyes.” The evening was as intimate as it was energetic, as Zach invited as many people that could fit on stage to come on up and get down for the end of the set. Rogue Wave has endured death, dialysis and debilitation to be on this stage. Most of its fans know the stories behind the tragedies; all are thankful for the music it’s spawned. For Zach and Pat the rest of the journey is designed to have fun – thank you for taking us along for the ride. To read my profile article on Rogue Wave – click here.
Written by: Ben Bamsey