If there ever was a "perfect storm" for the undoing of a band, then Rogue Wave got hit by a big one.
Over the past few years, former member, Evan Farrell was tragically killed in a house fire, drummer Pat Spurgeon, who was born with one kidney, took his dialysis on the road while he desperately waited for a donor, and frontman Zach Rogue, slipped two discs in his neck, which caused him to lose sensation in his guitar-playing hand- not to mention, he was bed-ridden for some time.
The overcoming of all these things is a legendary and moving story. If you get a chance, seek out the PBS documentary D-Tour on Pat's life-affirming story to find a donor match.
The other triumph is their new album on Brushfire Records, Permalight. It's got lots of clicks, clacks and other percussive electronic touches that make it, kind-of easy to dance to. It's an honest and energetic re-emergence.
Rogue Wave play the 930 Club tonight.
Brushfire filmaker and co-owner Emmett Malloy directs the video for their new single, Good Morning
and check out more of Pat Spurgeon's incredible story here: