Philadelphia post-metal band Rosetta recently embarked on their first West Coast tour in several years in support of their new album Utopioid. I've long been fans and hadn't seen them live since around 2010 during a visit to New York, back before they became a five-piece band with the addition of guitarist/singer Eric Jernigan.
Bit of a challenging shoot as the venue was incredibly dark (a pattern I've noticed with proggy East Coast metal bands—what gives) but a great set of material from their most recent four albums. We've chosen to prioritize Utopioid stuff here because it's new and there's not really much footage floating around of them playing it yet. They did work in "Untitled I" from 2015's Quintessential Ephemera which is my personal favorite Rosetta song and album, will likely edit and post that soonish.
Back in the early days when we were still attempting to figure out what Sweet Bread Productions was—well I guess that's still the case but more so then—we used to put out a calendar featuring artwork and photography from various random friends and contributors. I think we sold like five of them. But anyway, multi-talented Bay Area artist Tawnee Kendall was one of those early contributors. We've more or less stayed in touch off and on and over the years since she's become a prolific and versatile singer/songwriter. She recently took a sabbatical to travel the world with her husband (who joins her onstage for a stunning, minimalist rendition of Hosier's "Work Song") and right before leaving played a show at Bottom of the Hill to debut a bunch of songs off the excellent Release the Ghost EP, which came out a few months into said journey. It's a great mix of country, folk, roots rock, and pop, well outside the norm of the kind of acts we usually focus on. Her band also includes former Philence and Halfway drummer Kyle Caprista, who has since made a name for himself as an accomplished studio musician.
We filmed all three bands that played at Crockett's Toot's Tavern on February 17 and will have some finished clips of each to share with you soon. We were surprised to realize this was the first show we've officially shot in our hometown.
The lineup was
- Exit 27
- Fukm (ex-Maxwell Adams members)
- Cantell (first show, ex-Maxwell Adams, Saint Vernon, Thought Crime members)