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Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato

Alternative / Folk / Punk Seattle, WA  US
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  • Fri

    May 8

    Marburg, DE | 8:00pm

    Rocky Votolato Official Music Page Hospital Handshakes Tour 2015 Im Laufe der letzten 15 Jahre veröffentlichte Rocky Votolato sieben eindrucksvolle Alben, die einen beeindruckenden Kanon aus ehrlichem und gefühlvollem Songwriting und Rockys eigener Vision von Indie-Folk-Punk bilden. www.rockyvotolato.com Präsentiert von: VISIONS, Ox Fanzine, livegigs.de, Byte FM, pupat.tv, laut.de & Allschools Network www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIqhbyZ5iZg

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  • Mon

    May 11

    Amsterdam, NL | 5:00pm

    Live: Rocky Votolato (US) Over the course of the last 15 years,Rocky Votolatohas produced some of the most powerful music to come out ofSeattle, an impressive canon anchored by earnest, lyrical songwriting, and delivered in a unique indie-folk-punk style that has evolved out of the Pacific Northwest music scene he was raised in. He has matured over the course of seven increasingly accomplished solo albums, and writes songs that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and lonesome ghost.Hospital Handshakes was produced byChris Walla(Death Cab For Cutie), itsRockys eighth solo album and the first one forGlitterhouseto release in Europe. But this isnt just another album. The new full length will mark a turning point in Rockys career, the end result of a tumultuous transition that began with the songwriter second-guessing his gift and even considering retiring from music.Those doubts began to creep in shortly after the release of his seventh album,Television of Saints, in 2012. The wellspring of songs that had flowed out of him since his days in post-punk groupWaxwingand through six critically acclaimed solo albums had stopped.It became painful for me to make music, Votolato recalls.I was hemmed in by the construct of who I thought I was supposed to be and I stopped believing in myself as a writer. On the surface I looked like a functioning artist, but behind the scenes I was completely blocked creatively, fighting a battle with severe depression, and struggling to keep my sanity.By the time he had finished the cycle for that albumculminating with a tour with MeWithoutYouRocky had not written a new song in more than a year. Frustrated, he decided to get off the road for a while and sought therapy for his deteriorating mental health. It was then, in the summer of 2014, that the creative floodgates finally opened and he recommitted himself to his music with a renewed passion and sense of purpose.In the following 3 months alone, Rocky wrote more than 25 new songs. In October he took the new batch of songs into theHall of Justicestudio in Seattle, working in the same room where he created one of his most beloved albums, 2003sSuicide Medicine. There he collaborated with that same albums producer,Chris Walla, an old friend who is going through his own transition after recently retiring from his longtime role as guitarist and producer forDeath Cab for Cutie. Speaking on his own involvement, Walla says,This collection of songs hit me really hard, and at a really good time. Its shaping up to be a visceral and tactile album; the band is incredible, and Rockys writing is spring tight right now. This is a good one.Its been so great reconnecting with Chris,Rockysays.I really trust him and I feel like he is the perfect person to help me realize the vision for this album.Collaborating with a standout cast ofSeattlemusicians, including his brotherCody Votolatoon electric guitar (The Blood Brothers),Eric Corsonon bass (The Long Winters),Andy Lumon drums (Craft Spells/My Goodness), and with backup vocals contributed from L.A. based singerEmily Kokal(Warpaint), the album that will emerge promises to be unlike anything Rocky has released before. At the core of Rockys new music is the same earnest, impassioned, seeking voice, but now with a little more perspective, the product of self-realization hard-earned from a period of darkness and doubt.Im writing about trauma,Votolato says.A lot of the material Im working with is dark and scary, but I know there is light and healing coming through in the process,hope that will show up in the music as well. At the core of Rockys new music is the same earnest, impassioned, seeking voice, but now with a little more perspective, the product of self-realization hard-earned from a period of darkness and doubt.

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  • Wed

    May 13

    Muenster, DE | 9:00pm
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  • Thu

    May 14

    Saarbrücken, DE | 7:00pm

    ROCKY VOTOLATO & Band "Hospital Handshakes Tour 2015" 14.05.2015 Kleiner Klub Garage Saarbrücken Einlass 19.00 Uhr, Beginn 20.00 Uhr Tickets ab sofort exklusiv über www.eventim.de - ab 13.02. bei allen bekannten VVK-Stellen. Im Laufe der letzten 15 Jahre veröffentlichte Rocky Votolato 7 eindrucksvolle Alben, die einen beeindruckenden Kanon aus ehrlichem und gefühlvollem Songwriting und Rockys eigener Vision von Indie-Folk-Punk bilden, die er in Seattles Musikszene über die Jahre entwickelte und reifen ließ. Mit Produzent Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) entstand nun sein mittlerweile achtes Album, das erste, dass er bei Glitterhouse Records europaweit veröffentlichen wird. Aber, Hospital Handshakes ist nicht “bloß” ein weiteres Rocky Votolato Album, es markiert vielmehr einen entscheidenden Wendepunkt in seiner Karriere, ist das Resultat eines stürmischen Wandels, der mit elementaren Selbstzweifeln des Künstlers seinen Anfang nahm. Rockys Schaffenskrise begann kurz nach Veröffentlichung seines siebten Albums Television of Saints (2012). Die Quelle, aus der eine Vielzahl seiner Songs schon seit seiner Zeit bei der Postpunkband Waxwing entsprungen war, versiegte. “It became painful for me to make music”, sagt Votolato. “I was hemmed in by the construct of who I thought I was supposed to be and I stopped believing in myself as a writer. On the surface I looked like a functioning artist, but behind the scenes I was completely blocked creatively, fighting a battle with severe depression, and struggling to keep my sanity.” Nachdem er den Albumzyklus zu Television of Saints (der in einer Tour mit MeWithoutYou seinen Höhepunkt fand) beendete, hatte Rocky innerhalb eines Jahres nicht einen neuen Song geschrieben. Frustriert zog er sich aus dem Touralltag zurück und suchte Hilfe gegen seinen sich ständig verschlechternden mentalen Zustand. Im Sommer 2014 fand er zu alter Form zurück und entfachte erneut seine Leidenschaft zur Musik. In den folgenden 3 Monaten schrieb Rocky über 25 neue Songs, die er im Oktober in das Hall of Justice Studio in Seattle brachte. Im selben Raum, wo er 2003 mit Suicide Medicine eines seiner erfolgreichsten Alben aufnahm, begann er an den Demos zu arbeiten. An seiner Seite, wie auch bei besagtem Album, Produzent Chris Walla, ein alter Freund Votolatos, der seine eigene Veränderung durchmachte, nachdem er sich von seinem Hauptjob als Gitarrist von Death Cab for Cutie zur Ruhe setzte. Über seine Beteiligung auf Hospital Handshakes sagt er: "This collection of songs hit me really hard, and at a really good time. It's shaping up to be a visceral and tactile album; the band is incredible, and Rocky's writing is spring tight right now. This is a good one." “It’s been so great reconnecting with Chris,” so Rocky. “I really trust him and I feel like he is the perfect person to help me realize the vision for this album.” Auf Hospital Handshakes findet sich eine erlesene Auswahl an Musikern aus Seattles Musikszene wie Rockys Bruder Cody Votolato an der E-Gitarre (The Blood Brothers), Eric Corson am Bass (The Long Winters), Andy Lum an den Drums (Craft Spells/My Goodness) und Emily Kokal (Warpaint) aus LA als Backround Sängerin zusammen. Das Fundament des Albums bildet wie bei den 7 Alben zuvor auch hier Votolatos ehrliche, leidenschaftliche und suchende Stimme, aber dieses Mal, als Resultat der Selbsterkenntnis mit einem Hoffnungsschimmer mehr: “I’m writing about trauma. A lot of the material I’m working with is dark and scary, but I know there is light and healing coming through in the process, and I hope that will show up in the music as well.” “At the core of Rocky’s new music is the same earnest, impassioned, seeking voice, but now with a little more perspective, the product of self-realization hard-earned from a period of darkness and doubt. “ Am 14. Mai ist Rocky Votolato mit Band im Kleinen Klub der Garage zu Gast. Infos: www.rockyvotolato.com

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  • Tue

    May 19

    Brisbane, AU | 3:30pm

    ROCKY VOTOLATO & BAND - Hospital Handshakes Tour 2015 / Supports: GHOST OF A CHANCE / PERRY O'PARSON

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Label: Barsuk Records

Bio: Conventional wisdom says that singer-songwriters need a mythology. We can't supply you with any Lanegan- or Earle-style tales of past drug abuse or Adams-ish anecdotes of stupidity and arrogance in telling the story of Rocky Votolato. But here's what we know: Rocky is a soft-spoken, very kind, ve...See Full Bio

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