Thursday 14th September 2017
1. What We Started
2. Snapped In Two
3. This Dissonance
4. Space Mountain
5. Do It All Again
Rosedale started out back in 2004, when Mike Liorti was determined to chase his dream of being in a band; so he convinced his friends to get instruments so they could play together. The name of the band was born from Rosedale Avenue, the street the band would walk down to the music store to practice the songs they had written on equipment they couldn’t quite afford. Over the years, Rosedale went through 7 line-up changes, with band members deciding to move on; but Mike Liorti has continued the project as a solo career. Mike is quite simply a self-confessed workaholic, but an extremely admirable one who continues to chase his dream, because it’s something he still believes in so strongly.
As a band they released 2 EPs together, with Mike continuing to release Rosedale’s debut album in 2012 by himself. He then set out on a huge tour, starting with the aspirational Vans Warped Tour, before carrying on playing many states across the US and Canada. Music and travelling are what Mike enjoys most, with him providing the ultimate DIY message “Commit, sacrifice, create, and above all… sustain. You really can do anything if you truly love it and nobody can represent you better than yourself. That really speaks to me.”
So you might be wondering how one person can now do the work of a full pop-rock band. Well, Mike explains in the promotional video below how he performs whilst playing guitar and keys at the same time, but projects a video of him recording himself playing all the other instruments. If that wasn’t intricate enough, he also programmes all the lights to be in sync with the show. If you’re already sold on seeing Rosedale live before I’ve even got in to the review, then check out the promo video below which also talks about Mike’s upcoming North American tour. I do enjoy writing about artists from the other side of the pond, there really are some great finds out there, but it’s even harder when you can’t get to a show!
Having drive and ambition is a good start to a successful career, but how does the music compare? Well, listening to “Again” and being instantly reminded of the likes of New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, and Angels & Airwaves, this release already sits nicely within my collection. There’s certainly a gap in the market for a new act to push through, especially since the likes of pop-rock veterans New Found Glory are heading out on their 20th anniversary tour, and also Yellowcard recently decided to call it a day.
“What We Started” is a passionate opening track and I can’t help thinking that it plays homage to the band, since Mike explained in the video that the title of the EP comes from needing to continue to do things in life to succeed, and repetition is key to sustain. That’s exactly what Mike is doing here, carrying on with the vision he had all those years ago. “Snapped In Two” has a vigorous opening and is a melodic track, which provides heavier hooks and relatable lyrics. The production of the EP as a whole is great, but this tracks stands out even more; with an intro that pounces straight in with beating drums that continue throughout, and the progressiveness of the guitar leading us along. “This Dissonance” is the closest you’ll get to a slowed down pop-punk ballad, and provides Mike the opportunity to showcase his vocal talents. In fact, the start of this track reminds me of Owl City as it has a beautiful violin to start followed by a light touch of the guitar, reminiscent of the soft sounds heard in “Fireflies.”
Carrying on, I’m not entirely sure whether the next track “Space Mountain” has anything to do with the rollercoaster, but it has taken me a few listens to get my head around it. It’s a whirlwind of a song and I found it hard to keep up with the complicated lyrics working alongside the hectic track. However, finishing off the EP is the very enjoyable “Do It All Again” which is an acoustic track thats starts off and continues with just Mike and his ukulele. A very pleasing way to finish off an EP which continues to showcase Rosedale and what one man and his vision can accomplish.