Hey Rosetta! gets warm welcome home

Justin Brake
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More than a month after the release of their acclaimed sophomoric album "Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood)," Hey Rosetta! made their return to George Street to perform two sold-out gigs at the Rock House.

The band also included an all-ages early evening show Saturday for its younger fans.

Fresh off the road from a national tour that saw them hit major Canadian cities from Halifax to Victoria, the band members seemed confident in the delivery of their new songs.

More than a month after the release of their acclaimed sophomoric album "Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood)," Hey Rosetta! made their return to George Street to perform two sold-out gigs at the Rock House. - Photo by Just

More than a month after the release of their acclaimed sophomoric album "Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood)," Hey Rosetta! made their return to George Street to perform two sold-out gigs at the Rock House.

The band also included an all-ages early evening show Saturday for its younger fans.

Fresh off the road from a national tour that saw them hit major Canadian cities from Halifax to Victoria, the band members seemed confident in the delivery of their new songs.

The "Into Your Lungs'" album opener "New Goodbye" kicked off the Saturday matinee show and set a tone of buoyant intensity as the song's crescendo led to an audience clap-along and a loud, energetic performance by all six band members.

Replacing Jessie Tesolin on cello was former sit-in Romesh Thavanathan, who played his first hometown shows as a permanent member of the band over the weekend. On stage, his enthusiasm, ability to play various instruments like the keyboard and tambourine, and his capacity to add backing vocals, seem to have benefited the band's stage presence.

Mixed offering

Songs from the new album were sequentially interlaced with favourites from the band's debut record "Plan Your Escape."

The catchy "I've Been Asleep" was an audience favourite and featured a noisy, suspenseful intro that left the song unfamiliar until the first catchy chords were played.

Halfway through the show, lead singer Tim Baker announced the band had plans to shoot a video for the album's first single, "Red Heart," before they launched into the song.

Halifax singer-songwriter Jenn Grant, who opened two of the three shows, joined the band for a powerful and emotive rendition of "We Made a Pact," a song she lent her voice to on the record.

Included in the earlier material were "Yes! Yes! Yes!," "The Simplest Thing" and "Another Pilot," all of which were affectionately embraced by the audience.

"Holy Shit (what a relief)," a two-part song from "Into Your Lungs," was the most notable performance of the show, with the band outdistancing their own intensity during an extended jam in the second half of the song.

Excluded from the set was older fan favourite "Epitaph," which usually resulted in a sing-along, and perhaps one of the new album's stronger songs, "Black Heart."

Fan following

That the band can successfully push new material to packed clubs is a good sign they're well on their way to something many other bands in the province struggle at - earning a mainland fan following.

On whichever side of the fence you might sit as one of the band's earliest fans, resenting their success or embracing it, watching a handful of local young musicians wander off the island and seek out their niche in the bigger music scene is an incident we don't often get to do.

Gauging by the warm welcome home from the sold-out Rock House crowds over the weekend, the band members aren't the only ones with their arms open wide.

The appreciation seemed mutual when Hey Rosetta! chose "A Thousand Suns" as their Saturday matinee closer: "What you've done is not yours alone. What you've done echoes on and on," Baker sang with obvious meaning.

Organizations: Rock House

Geographic location: Halifax, George Street, Victoria

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  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Congrats to anyone doing there thing and making it off the island in the process. However I can't really say I'm too much of a fan of Hey Rosetta! never could understand what was so great, although all great at their respective instruments there really isn't much originality going into their music. Such a pretentious album title as well, all that aside it would be nice to see someone from NL do alright, we've been left out too long. You really know the guy writing the article likes the band when he points out someone's ability to play the tambourine.

  • JIM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    HEY ROSETTA S NEW CD WAS NAMED ONE OF THE TOP TEN NEW CANADIAN CDS IN THE CALGARY SUN RECENTLY.GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE.WE HAVE SO MANY GREAT MUSICIANS AND BANDS IN NEWFOUNDLAND TO SHARE WITH THE REST OF CANADA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I have well over 2000 songs on my IPOD, which includes every possible genre of music from consecutive generations......and Hey Rosetta! first and now second album remain on my most played 25 list!!

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Congrats to anyone doing there thing and making it off the island in the process. However I can't really say I'm too much of a fan of Hey Rosetta! never could understand what was so great, although all great at their respective instruments there really isn't much originality going into their music. Such a pretentious album title as well, all that aside it would be nice to see someone from NL do alright, we've been left out too long. You really know the guy writing the article likes the band when he points out someone's ability to play the tambourine.

  • JIM
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    HEY ROSETTA S NEW CD WAS NAMED ONE OF THE TOP TEN NEW CANADIAN CDS IN THE CALGARY SUN RECENTLY.GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE.WE HAVE SO MANY GREAT MUSICIANS AND BANDS IN NEWFOUNDLAND TO SHARE WITH THE REST OF CANADA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    I have well over 2000 songs on my IPOD, which includes every possible genre of music from consecutive generations......and Hey Rosetta! first and now second album remain on my most played 25 list!!