Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Rogue Wave

Rogue WaveRogue Wave have just released their fifth album Nightingale Floors on June 4th– we must say that Rogue Wave never fail to impress when it comes to their great records. Currently on a North-American tour, we wanted to see what’s been keeping the band busy (aside from gigging, of course). We love an interview with humour and fun details on a band, so have a look as AMBY spoke with Rogue Wave about lyrics that make them shiver, how they totally faked their last orgasm with AMBY, and 3D glasses!

AMBY: Hello Rogue Wave! How are you doing, and what’s the band been up to lately?

Rogue Wave: Hi amby. How have you been? It’s been so long since we hung out last. Remember that time you got drunk at that party and I had to drive you home? I’ve been rehearsing ever since.

AMBY: We’re all anticipating your forthcoming record Nightingale Floors. What was one of the highlights while recording the album?

Rogue Wave: There was that magical moment when we all realized we all have listened to the Frogs a lot more than we thought. Gets to that point where those insane songs really bore down deep into your subconscious to the point in which you start to feel like a bad person.

AMBY: Which three songs of yours are quintessential Rogue Wave?

Rogue Wave: “It’s In the Way That You Use It” by Eric Clapton

“If This Is It” by Huey Lewis and the News

“I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News

Fantasy Island Theme Song by Laurence Rosenthal

AMBY: What’s one of the best moments you’ve had as a band?

Rogue Wave: That one time we quoted that thing and ate at that place with those people we met. We also met Chrissie Hynde once. We were told she does not like to shake hands. We are idiots and forgot and tried to shake her hand first thing. It was like shaking hands with a wet noodle. By that, I mean a really talented and influential wet noodle. Pat and I had dinner with Elvis Costello once. He told me Sting is a real nice guy. Since he is Elvis Costello I will take his word on that, but I still have a few doubts. Really though the best moments we’ve had have been when we’ve made demos. That’s the best moment for any band I think.

What are you most looking forward to while on your summer tour?

Rogue Wave: I would prefer it if people showed up with instruments and played along. 3D glasses would be nice too.

On the topic of touring, what’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a concert?

Rogue Wave: First time in Jackson, Mississippi got a mouthful of beer spit right in my face during the first song. Definitely set a kind of tone. I also almost shocked our old guitar player Gram to death at one of our first shows in San Francisco. I guess it seems funnier now in retrospect. His expression was just so outrageous, I thought he was pretending to be shocked. Turns out, that is what your face really looks like when electricity is coursing through your body and causing great harm to your nervous system.

AMBY: Which city in the world is your favourite to play and why?

Rogue Wave: London because I speak the language. Also, Chicago and Washington DC. Still learning the local patois there.

AMBY:  “You could never publish my love” is lyrically lovely. What’s a lyric that gives you shivers whenever you hear it?

Rogue Wave: “I’m too sexy for my car/Too sexy by far”

AMBY: What is the best best piece of advice you have been given regarding the music industry?

Rogue Wave: Stay away.

AMBY: Which new artists have you been listening to lately?

Rogue Wave: iCarly, Carly Simon, Simon Le Bon, Bon Iver, Ernest Borgnine, Nine Inch Nails.

Also, I like Wampire, Savages, Majical Cloudz, Daughter, No Joy, James Blake. New phosphorescent record is my favorite this year so far.

AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?

Rogue Wave: Playing new songs live. Feels like we were a bear in hibernation. Grr.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Rogue Wave that nobody knows yet?

Rogue Wave: That last orgasm we had with amby? Totally faked it.


Thank you Rogue Wave, for giving us your answers!

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