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Rogue Wave frontman details forthcoming album

on January 11, 2010, 9:05am

For their fourth album Permalight, Oakland indie rock band Rogue Wave had a particular message and spirit in mind that they wanted to get across sonically. Luckily for frontman Zack Rogue and company, Los Angeles artist Becca Mann had already given them a roadmap and a hefty dose of inspiration with her intense and technicolor artwork.

“It’s very hard to find an image that captures the totality of a record, but this painting is what we wanted,” Rogue recently told of the painting that is now the album’s cover art. “It has beautiful vibrant colors, it’s kind of warped and it’s a woman reaching, pulling herself out of water. It’s pulling yourself out and moving on to the next thing. What I love is people who are always reaching for something. That’s why the artwork is an image of a woman reaching something. I like the spirit of that.”

And, in what can only be a trend, more of life’s tiny little outcomes furthered the creation of the album. While art work is important, a dinner party conversation with Elvis Costello will undoubtedly have more clout on the album’s finality.

“When I was sitting next to Elvis and hearing about his life and how he’s done all this stuff, he has this wry sense of humor that downplays it — ‘Oh, I just did an opera with Sting,'” Rogue said. “It was very inspiring as we were making music.”

But ultimately for Rogue, the album’s sound comes down to a philosophy that stokes the creative fires in a rather rushed way.

“Like Lee Hazelwood says, ‘You’re only as good as your last song,'” Rogue said. “As a songwriter, I shoot for that.”

Permalight is due in stores March 2nd via Brushfire Records. Find the album’s inspirational artwork and tracklist below.

The band will also be on tour beginning February 24th in San Francisco, CA until April 30th when they make a return to The City by the Bay. Tickets are on sale at

roguewave Rogue Wave frontman details forthcoming album

Permalight Tracklist:
01. Solitary Gun
02. Good Morning
03. Sleepwalker
04. Stars and Stripes
05. Permalight
06. Fear Itself
07. Right With You
08. We Will Make A Song Destroy
09. I’ll Never Leave You
10. Per Anger
11. You Have Boarded
12. All That Remains

Rogue Wave 2010 Tour Dates:
02/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop
02/26 – Toronto, ON, CA @ Mod Club
03/01 – Club Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock
03/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/03 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
03/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/06 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
03/08 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
03/09 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
03/10 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
03/13 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/15 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/16 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
03/17 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft
04/07 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
04/09 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/10 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
04/13 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
04/14 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
04/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Cafe
04/16 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/20 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
04/21 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
04/24 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
04/27 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
04/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
04/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

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