Chubby Knuckles Present… The Roseville Band
Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter
Exciting Welsh music makers The Roseville Band return with their eagerly anticipated third album Temper. The band, who hail from the green country of North Wales, deliver explosive driven rock ‘n’ roll, and have been patiently building a reputation for their high energy live shows and stadium filling potential, which threatens to be fulfilled with this new offering. Forming the creative nucleus of the band are the guitarist brothers Andy and Steve Jones, who grew up in the North Wales countryside, in a house — Roseville — which over time drew in a community of friends and musicians from the surrounding area, giving rise to The Roseville Band in late 2006.
Having developed a cult following in their native Wales with the releases of their first two albums, Little Eyes In The Universe(PIAS 2010) and Shake The Walls (PIAS 2011), the band have earned support and mentions from the likes of NME, The Guardian and a host of online bloggers. Debuting with sessions and airplay on XFM, BBC Wales and Balcony TV, they’ve since progressed to reach new audiences around the world with press and airplays across Europe, the USA and Canada.
Live, The Roseville Band have a commendably intense work ethic — 500+ shows to date — establishing their reputation as fervently committed performers. An eventual tour of Europe, alongside triumphant performances at Glastonbury Festival, Sound City, and FOCUS Wales were eventually topped off with invitations to perform across the pond at Canadian Music Week and NXNE. During these trips the band previewed new material, attracting new industry admirers, resulting in them being dubbed “Standout International Act of NXNE 2012,” and later being signed to Pipe & Hat Records in Canada.
2013 finds the band as a leaner four-piece, and now, bringing a more aggressive and alternative slant to their music, which has them primed for new frontiers upon the imminent release of Temper. The new album is sure to catch many by surprise, and particularly those familiar with the band’s first two LPs, which largely reflected the band’s earlier influences, where echoes of Dylan and The Band featured heavily. By contrast Temper is a completely different beast, seeing the band finally coming into their own and posing a far more intriguing and ambitious proposition to that of their previous offerings. “Take It” and title track “Temper” highlight this exciting new chapter as well as any, presenting a band loaded with ideas and a new approach that sets them apart from their contemporaries.
This is the music of a band that has experienced life and the world on the road, providing them with new territories into which they willingly delve, culminating in a new record full of melodrama, verve, and a gut punching force that draws on everything from The Clash and Echo & The Bunnymen to fresher influences such as Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse. Brought to life by a freshly charged rhythm section, dark brooding guitars, and vocal melodies you could hang your coat on, they all play their own significant part in creating an explosive new sound that’s set to light up stages and airwaves alike.