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Rogue Wave at The Drake

Rogue Wave at The Drake Underground
Rogue Wave
Caveman
The Drake Underground in Toronto, ON
June 25, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

Rogue Wave, currently touring in support of their current album Nightingale Floors, performed at The Drake Underground with support from New York-based Cavemen.

Rogue Wave

With summer taking its time to arrive in Toronto it was nice to experience the warm Californian pop-rock of Oakland-based Rogue Wave. The laid-back band eased slowly through a variety of songs from their vast catalogue and received varied responses from the crowd. TV-friendly "Eyes" and radio friendly "Lake Michigan" were greeted with enthusiastic cheers, while sentimental favourites "Publish My Love" and "Cheaper Than Therapy" were listened to in attentive silence. It was their upbeat new singles "College" and "Siren's Song" that managed to encourage some dancing from the crowd.

The different reactions summarize the variances between the recordings and the band's struggle to remain relevant over the years. Despite indie success and with many of their songs on commercials, movie soundtracks, and television dramas, Rogue Wave has had trouble maintaining their Toronto fan base. When their show was moved from The Mod Club to The Drake, the discrepancy between the band's critical acclaim and dwindling tour sales was not lost on the small group of fans. When Zach Rouge sang, "but it don’t matter 'cause no one comes out to see us" from "Chicago X 12", a song from their 2007 album Asleep at Heaven's Gate, it became painfully clear that they have been battling this decline for some time now.

However, Rogue Wave continues to produce catchy songs, full of sentimental lyrics, and with the new record they seem to be embracing their anthemic indie-rock roots. Dedicated Toronto fans can hope that the return to the familiar pushes them back to the level of popularity they experienced a few years ago.

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