I am very proud to announce that Rocky Votolato will be coming back to Phoenix for the first time after a few years absence. Votolato is one of my favorite songwriters. He will be at The Rhythm Room on March 8th.
Seattle musician Rocky Votolato is a soft-spoken, very kind, very hard-working father of two, born in rural Texas and raised in the Pacific Northwest indie scene (where he fronted the acclaimed rock band Waxwing). In his decade-plus life as a songwriter and musician he has sought to articulate something essential about life, writing songs that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and lonesome ghost. His gravelly, sandpaper smooth voice and introspective lyrics mark him as that most rare of punk-rocker-turned-acoustic-troubadours: Votolato writes graceful, understated, human, unpretentious songs, demonstrating that simplicity is still a viable option for accomplished songwriters. Walking the line between autobiographical fact and fiction, his new album, True Devotion, is deceptively simple, peppering impressionistic narratives with moments of lyrical wisdom that can knock the wind out of you.
Tickets on sale on here on 1/15. True Devotion out 2/23.
For the latest in SoMuchSilence.com‘s series on Modified memories they got the input of Jared Bell from the Lymbyc Systym. His is one of the most honest descriptions of why Modified was so great; “In other words, people came there simply for the music.” I think that sums it up perfectly.
Southern California pop punk band Rufio will be making their first appearance back in Arizona after a few years hiatus on Friday February 5th at The Clubhouse Music Venue.
The groups debut record Perhaps, I Suppose… in 2001 both launched them to huge success and the The Militia Group as a prominent indie record label. Built of the success of Rufio the label went on to break such as as Copeland, Cartel, Acceptance and The Rocket Summer to name a few. Rufio then released MCMLXXXV (2003) and The Comfort of Home on Nitro Records. The band did high profile tours with No Use For a Name, Face To Face, and long stints on the Vans Warped Tour. The band also helped break newer bands coming up after them by taking them out on their headlining runs such as Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and Motion City Soundtrack.
The band disbanded in 2006 due to creative differences. In the years since there have been a few scattered sightings of Rufio. But the February 5th show in Tempe and a January 23rd show in Pomona California will mark their first publicized shows since reuniting, and the first before the band releases their fourth yet unnamed album some time in 2010.