Gig: The Roseville Band – Ironworks, Oswestry – 08 Jul 2010
Posted on: Thursday, Jun 10, 2010
THE ROSEVILLE BAND
Ironworks – Oswestry
08 July 2010
Based in Wrexham, North Wales, The Roseville Band bring a soulful, bluesy rock based around the nucleus of guitarist brothers Andy and Stevie Jones. The pair grew up in a house – Roseville – in the Flintshire mountains, which over the years drew a community of friends and musicians from the surrounding area and eventually, The Roseville Band was formed.
Based around songwriter Andy’s distinctive vocals, backed by a sturdy rhythm section and augmented by a two-piece horn section, the six-piece line-up draws influence from the heartfelt, soulful and gritty music of Neil Young, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and The Band and – just as importantly – from the attitude of bands like Glasvegas, Arcade Fire and Flaming Lips, whose conviction and dedication to uniqueness has steered them beyond trends to places of unfettered artistic integrity.
Dubbed ‘the Welsh Kings of Leon’ by the NME, The Roseville Band have gained sessions and airplay on XFM Manchester, Juice FM, and – of course – BBC Wales, as well as gaining airplay in the US and throughout Europe in 2009. The band chalked up triumphant performances at Glastonbury Festival, Cardiff Calling and The Square Festival, appearing alongside the likes of Super Furry Animals, Supergrass & The Streets. All this, tied in with a commendably intense work ethic (well over a hundred gigs in their two years of existence), has led to their reputation as committed performers of powerful songs becoming firmly established.
Following on from a string of UK festival appearances during 2009, their debut album has been recorded with producers Dom McCready and Lance Thomas (whose CV includes Ladytron & Simian), and is ready for release.
Dedicated, inspired and inspiring, The Roseville Band have always been ones to let their music do the talking, now it’s time for us to listen.