Rogue Wave Biography
Gleaning their name from an oceanographic term referring to a large, often spontaneously generated wave, the Alternative-Rock act Rogue Wave was formed by leader Zach Rogue, legal name Zach Schwartz, in Oakland, California USA, in late 2002.
Rogue Wave debuted in early 2003 with the album "Out Of The Shadow", the original, limited pressing was released on the band's own label; Zach Rogue then hooked up with fellow multi-instrumentalists Pat Spurgeon, focus: drums, Gram LeBron on guitar and bassist Sonya Westcott. After some performances, Sub Pop offered them a record deal and almost immediately "Out Of The Shadow" was remastered and re-issued in July 2004.
In October of the following year, now with new bass player Evan Farrell, the Oakland quartet released their second album, "Descended Like Vultures", reaching the #46 position on the U.S. Top Independent chart.
After two albums for Sub Pop, Rogue Wave inked a new deal with Jack Johnson's Brushfire label and in September 2007 the Bay Area-based indie rockers released their third LP, "Asleep At Heaven's Gate"; in addition to featured a new line-up of Rogue, Spurgeon, LeBron and new bassist Patrick Abernethy, the album also included a guest appearance from Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. The 12-song set hit #7 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Albums chart producing the Hot Modern Rock top 30 hit "Lake Michigan".
Former members Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon once again shuffled the line-up to include Dominic East on guitar, Steve Taylor on keys + guitorgan and Cameron Jasper on bass and in March 2010 the group unleashed "Permalight" which took Rogue Wave into The Billboard 200 Sales chart for the first time when it peaked at #149 in March 2010. The disc included the minor hit single "Good Morning (The Future)".
Rogue Wave has set "Nightingale Floors" as the title of its fifth studio album, which is due out on June 4, 2013.