Rosewood Thieves steal the show
September 22, 2009
The past three years have been a whirlwind for a trio of musicians from New York City. The up-and-comers have made their mark on the Big Apple music scene, and now their talent is carrying them to venues across the country.
On Friday, Oct. 2, The Rosewood Thieves will perform at The Listening Room in Park City, bringing modern rock ‘n roll with a sixties twinge to Main Street’s newest music lounge.
The Rosewood Thieves consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Erick Jordan, Paul Jenkins on guitar, and Mackenzie Vernacchio on an organ. Yes, that’s right, an organ.
The unusual addition of an organ adds to the group’s unique sound. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to add an organ to the mix, says Jordan, but it seems to have been the right choice.
In the past year alone, the Thieves have racked up an impressive list of accomplishments, including releasing their debut full-length LP "Rise & Shine," having their songs featured on "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Entourage," earning praise from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Solomon Burke for their covers of his music, and recording a song for a nationwide LG advertising campaign.
Their music has been described as "rollicking vintage-rock stew" (Magnet Magazine) and "old-school soul rendered in fractured tones of baroque psychedelia" (News & Observer). More than a few reviewers have likened their style to that of the Beatles.
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However, to them, their sound isn’t so much a throwback to the past as a modern twist on the sounds they love. "The lyrics are about our lives and stuff that we’re going through, so it’s not a throwback in that sense at all," says Jordan. "We write songs without really thinking about it. We don’t really try to sound a certain way."
He notes that the way the group records songs may be what evokes comparisons to music from earlier decades. The Thieves don’t use a lot of overdubs and layers like much of today’s digitally-enhanced tunes. "I think that has a lot to do with how we sound," he says.
Jordan says that the group draws inspiration from other up-and-coming artists, many of whom they’ve had a chance to play with. He counts Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, The Growlers and Frank Smith among his current favorites.
On the fall tour, the three band members will be joined by a bass player and drum player and will share the stage with Portland-based band The Dead Trees. The groups will make their way from Pittsburgh to the California coastline and back to Virginia in a month’s time, playing 25 shows along the way.
The Rosewood Thieves are looking forward to bigger crowds and more fanfare on what will be their fourth coast-to-coast tour. "It’s nice to go out and play these towns that we haven’t passed through too many times and see a slow build of people coming out and checking it out," Jordan says.
The group has stopped in Park City for very small shows in the past, and hopes to draw in a more diverse crowd this time around. The Listening Room will provide an intimate venue for the show.
Jordan says he prefers smaller venues to larger arenas. "Sometimes we play at a bigger place, and even if it isn’t packed, you lose sense of the crowd and their reactions a bit. It’s nice to have people right up in your face. It’s a lot of fun."
He says the band’s sets will consist of fan favorites from previous albums as well as new material. "We try to get something new out all the time," he says. The group’s most recent EPs, "Live At The Basement Nashville, TN" and an outtakes/demos/radio sessions compilation will be available for purchase at the venue.
The show will start at 9 p.m. and is open to all ages. Tickets are $5 and are available at http://thelisteningroomparkcity.com.
To listen to the Rosewood Thieves, visit http://www.myspace.com/therosewoodthieves .