One thing that rock and roll has been missing in the past few years is its ‘classy’ factor. This sort of ‘classy’ rock is rock and roll that just makes you feel cool in every way as you are listening to it. This factor has been missing, but the 5 piece band from Nashville, Tennessee known as The Rouge is bringing it back.
The band’s sound is one that is very vibey, using classic instruments such as gretsch and Vox tube amps to create it. The sound is very simple, and the band is obviously trying to create a simpler feeling to their music, just as was found in the old days of rock and roll. In their case, simple works very well, as it gives them a sound that stands out from everything else currently in the rock industry.
The band started in Denver, Colorado in 2008 by lead singer Joshua Vaught and bassist Jack Egan, after the breakup of their pervious band, Holiday Run. After a little over a year of building their name up in the Colorado music scene, as well as a decent amount of touring, the band was picked up by Atlantic Records, and shortly after moved to Nashville.
Their first recording was released in the summer of 2009 and was titled Heat and Light. This EP originally featured five brand new songs by the band, but was re-released after they signed to Atlantic to feature seven songs, two of which were re-recorded from some of the band’s old demos, titled “Tangerine” and “What you Get.” There is a brand new track, titled “Lady Luck,” and the exemption of a song that was featured on the first release of Heat and Light, titled “Timebomb.”
The seven song EP has a sound that any Michael Cera film-loving, record store-frequenting, trendy clothes-wearing hipster is bound to fall in love with. The EP rocks very similarly to The Strokes’ Is this it, combined with elements similar to Elvis Costello among others in the old school rock and roll.
The songs “Heat and Light” and “Molly” are so extremely simple that they are incredible- and extremely catchy once stuck in your head. They feature that very simplistic sound that The Rouge are known for in their music, and are easily the most solid tracks from the release. They are so classy that it is impossible to not feel cool while listening to them.
Heat and Light altogether feels like a summer anthem. The songs on the EP give the cool feeling one would get from being behind the wheel of a convertible on a nice summer day with ray bans on.
The EP does have some diversity in sound, however, with the track “Lady Luck.” While this song still has a vibey and cool feel to it, it features a great amount of emotion, which can be heard right from the start with a screeching guitar that starts off the song.
The Rouge used to play inside of old, run down bars and church youth rooms alike, and within a little over a year, have managed to sign with one of the largest record labels out there in Atlantic.
The band is currently in the studio recording what is hoped to be their first full-length album, although specific details have yet to be released. Whatever the case, The Rouge has such a simple sound that it makes them unique and ‘cool’, factors that could set them apart as a band to watch in 2011.
Their release Heat and Light is available at both itunes and amazon mp3, and more information on the band can be found at www.myspace.com/therougeband.