Rogue Wave played the final show of their tour with Philadelphia’s Mazarin last night before a packed Troubadour crowd. Mazarin was good, even if the sound quality was pretty poor during their set. They were a bit more classic rock-oriented than I had expected based on their record. Following Mazarin was Irving, who had an upbeat Gentleman Reg feel. They’ve never really caught me, and even through an energetic performance I found their set somewhat dull. The lead singer’s voice reminded me of Colin Meloy‘s.
I saw Rogue Wave, what… back in February, and was really not very impressed. Part of it was probably that I was underwhelmed by Two Gallants, who took the stage before them, and part of it was that I’ve never warmed up to most of their first album. But after being surprised/blown away by the new one, I wanted to see how the newer songs would sound live. The first thing that struck me was that I had forgoten how much Zach Rogue resembles Bam Margera. All in all, I thought they were better than the last time: the songs are great, their sound is tight, and Rogue’s vocals are pretty amazing. They played a pretty fair selection of songs from both albums, but I still find the older songs unaffecting, and the show seemed to lag a bit until they focused on the newer material. “Catform” and “Publish My Love” were highlights for me. “You” was good as well, thought the slower songs made the evening feel a bit tame. I guess that as well as the mostly underage audience, and then their respective chaperones. So Much Silence posted a show from last week here and here.