Atomique Productions & Felicita's Present ROCOCODE
Friday, November 16th, 2012
Doors open at 9:00 p.m.
Rococode is an evolving band of four Vancouver and Victoria musicians. They have been working hard to bring fans into their world through a collective desire to make adventurous, badass and meaningful pop music. In fact, all the members of Rococode have ever done is make music
As for this music, it has evolved from a set of songs Laura Smith and Andrew Braun compiled over the last few years and has been shaped by a fairly random and extraordinary set of circumstances. From Andrew grading Laura’s music history papers, to meeting the perfect rhythm section playing fake jazz at a wedding, to a chance encounter with producer to be Ryan Guldemond on the street, to Johnny Andrews and Shaun Huberts getting some time off from Tegan and Sara just as Rococode started to get busy…
And as all things begin and end with the music, Rococode has set to making exciting new pop. Their debut album Guns, Sex & Glory is a little bit dark. A little bit playful. A little bit scary. A little bit thoughtful. All whipped together with the help of Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond (co-producer), Andrew Braun (co-producer), engineer extraordinaire Shawn Penner (Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, Elias) and mixer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Polyphonic Spree, The Walkmen).
While prepping their record for release, Rococode participated in the Peak Performance Project, finishing in the Top 20 and taking part in the rigourous intensive competition. They toured eastern Canada with Mother Mother. They get behind causes they believe in, such as Habitat for Humanity and Sing It Forward. Shaun wrote a witty book called How To Pack Like A Rock Star and successfully used Kickstarter to fund its printing. And they regularly post clever vignettes and live acoustic versions online, allowing us to probe deeper into their world.
With all this going on for such a new band, where did they come from?
Shaun and Johnny were Tegan & Sara’s rhythm section for five years, and got hotshot Winnipeg expat producer Adrian Bradford to remix Empire. Laura once played in Said The Whale and has performed with Dan Mangan and Hannah Georgas. Andrew has spent much of the past two years touring with Hannah Georgas. His Manitoba roots have led him to participate in projects with fellow Head In The Sand artists Demetra and Record Of The Week Club.
With years supporting other projects, it’s exciting to watch Rococode step into their own spotlight.