Historians, rock critics and sports announcers have all spent plenty of time waxing poetic about the sophomore slump, but don’t waste any time pulling out that reference for Descended Like Vultures, Rogue Wave’s second album for Sub Pop. While the album defies expectations as much as it defies the odds, singer/guitarist Zach Rogue knows the score: “That’s the whole thing with the title,” he admits. “It’ like waiting for the other shoe to drop this perception that everyone around you is going to turn their back.”
A related adage is that you have your whole life to write your first album and a year to write your second, but Rogue had anything but writer’s block after completing Out Of The Shadow and seeing it re-released by Sub Pop in 2004 (the original, limited pressing was released on the band’s own label in early 2003.) In fact, the group entered the studio at the end of March with more than enough material for a full-length (three albums worth, to be exact). “I’ve wanted to record records for years and years and years, so really, it’s like someone opened the door for me to get started,” explains Rogue. “I feel like Descended Like Vultures is actually the beginning this is really where we start.”
Though Rogue assembled the Oakland, CA, quartet which includes fellow multi-instrumentalists Pat Spurgeon (focus: drums), Gram LeBron (guitar) and newest member Evan Farrell (bass) in late 2002, Descended Like Vultures is the first time the band’s leader has ever made a record with a whole group in the studio. The band spent 10 days with Bill Racine (who also produced Out Of The Shadow with Rogue) at Supernatural…
This is where Rogue Wave, the band, really gets started. As Oakland-based singer/songwriter/arranger Zach Rogue puts it, “this record is the sound of four people’s ideas colliding.” Descended Like…
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