Song of the Day: Rogue Wave – California Bride

photo by Andrew Paynter

photo by Andrew Paynter

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “California Bride” by Rogue Wave from their 2016 album, Delusions of Grand Fur, on Easy Sound Recording Co.

Rogue Wave – California Bride (MP3)

Oakland band Rogue Wave is ever-changing, and their newest release, Delusions of Grand Fur, continues the trend. One frequent aspect of flux is the band’s lineup, with eponymous singer/guitarist Zach Rogue and drummer Pat Spurgeon as constants. They are currently joined by Masanori Christianson (bass, synth) and Jon Monahan (guitar). Grand Fur is Rogue Wave’s first release in three years, a glorious return to form after the release of two greatly divergent albums. Rogue says he never meant for the latest album to take so long, but the birth of his son during the development of 2013 release Nightingale Floors prompted him to spend more time close to home. It paid off. Forgoing demos and producers, Grand Fur was developed in the band’s private recording space in Oakland, essentially playing songs straight through. The result is a refreshing album with plenty of the lo-fi psych sound fans have been craving.

Rogue Wave came through Seattle a couple months ago, but will be playing Outside Lands in San Francisco on August 5th, followed by shows in Sacramento and Denver. To see when they might head back out here, keep up on their website and Facebook. For now, check out the official video for “California Bride” below.

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