Relying heavily on the sound of a simple six-stringed acoustic guitar, Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue sets out to create sweet and memorable songs in his new side project, Release the Sunbird. This debut album weaves his comforting voice with a little bit of melancholy. Not only can you hear the Come Back to Us on Rdio but we also have Five Questions with the Band and a playlist of Release the Sunbird’s “Favorite songs right now with names in the title.”
Five Questions with Release the Sunbird
Who do you think is an important musician most people have never heard of before?
We live in the age of the Internet, so most things have been heard of at this point. There’s this songwriter/musician from Detroit in the 70’s named Ted Lucas who I’ve been enjoying lately. I’m only aware of one of his records, but it is pretty timeless. The guy had an amazing voice and the record I have is really stripped down, just vocals and acoustic guitar, mainly. Pretty much the best Sunday morning music imaginable. Such a great voice.
Another band I’ve been listening to lately is this Parisian band named Herman Düne. The 2-piece band is certainly not unknown, but is pretty under appreciated in the US. The singer sorta looks like a hipster Raffi and the songs have a lot of playful wordplay in them. New record (Strange Moosic) came out in May and the songs are really great…
If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
I have a computer, so I sort of do already. When are these questions from, 1994? That said, the other day I was listening to an old vinyl 7” of Stevie Wonder doing the Beatles “We Can Work It Out” and that was pretty damn awesome. You ever watch YouTube clips of him on Sesame Street? Pure gold. It’s hard to believe how long people were allowed to play music on TV back in the day. I think I saw him do like a 7 or 8 minute song. So cool. Plus, he really knew how to rock a turtleneck.
What album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
Probably that Marlo Thomas project called Free to Be You and Me. My Mom used to play it all the time, while trying to install far-out fringe hippie ideals like gender equality and freedom of expression. There was also of lot of Carole King, Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Kinks, Stones, Byrds, CSNY, Simon & G-funk, James Taylor, Tom Petty, and Jefferson Airplane. There was a brief period of Thompson Twins worship, which I found at the time puzzling, but have grown to now appreciate.
We hope people are under the authority of gravity when they listen to our music.
We were thinking about obeying the laws of physics when we wrote music for the new album.