|Happy Birthday George!|
The official Rogerbox website will be online shortly.
Rogerbox has returned with two new members and a mature sound.
After a brief break, we've had time to collect ourselves and rethink our place in the Detroit music scene. With an eclectic sound and a fresh outlook, we're ready to start playing out again.
Gina Gehrke (vocals) and Chris Childs (bass) have joined the band and are kicking our collective asses back into shape. Gina brings years of stage and vocal experience to the table along with her unparalleled charm. Chris has toured the nation with Gearhead, a powerful Michigan-based progressive metal band. Brian (vocals, drums), of Four Percent fame, is returning to his first love; the drums. He has decided to focus on his area and expertise. We may still hear his guitar work on recordings, but live performances will be all drums. Keith (vocals, guitar, effects) has decided to leave the drums to Brian, calling on his guitar experience with Flagstraw. He is also hoping to add some depth to our work with effects and some more "modern" equipment. Duane seems quite content on the guitar, so that's where he'll stay.
We've decided to not limit ourselves to conventional rock, and even try a little turntable action. Parallels have been drawn between Rogerbox and the Foo Fighters, Cream, and even The Doors. We appreciate the compliments, but we're striving to find our own sound.
Our early reviews (of the band's first incarnation) have been great. We've had great reactions from Jam Rag, a Detroit live music guide, as well as from the author of "A Farewell To Kings":
Overall, this is a diamond in the rough, or at least an emerald. As it stands, it's already better than 50% of the "new rock" out there on the airwaves. It's 100% better than anything by the... other lamer whiner bands... In a world where we classic rockers are weary of classic rock, but can't stand to listen to some of that angstian whine of new rock, this would be a great bridge between Generation W, X and Y.
The full review can be read here as well as a review of one of our live shows.
This is a rough mix of our demo with the original lineup. The CD has not been mastered so the audio is quiet. That being said, please consider the following MP3 samples from our Studio Demo recording:
Lost and Found [5:46, Joint Stereo, 192k, 7.9mb]
Broke [3:53, Joint Stereo, 192k, 5.3mb]
D Song [4:20, Joint Stereo, 192k, 5.9mb]
At a Loss [4:59, Joint Stereo, 192k, 6.8mb]
Another year is upon us and the holidays have come and gone. I'm sorry that updates have been delayed. Gina and I were on the road or entertaining company every day (except 2) of the last week-and-a-half. Christmas was full of family time on the East Side, Northeast, West, and just about everywhere in between. We gave and received many gifts. One of our favorites was a wine tower that allows us to store bottles, glasses and accessories. Gina's wardrobe got a substantial update as well as her movie and cd collections. I scored some great stuff including a REALLY nice pipe lighter and a badly needed robe.
We started planning our Honeymoon over the holidays as well. We've decided on the Mayan Rivera in an all-inclusive resort. We met with a close family friend at Omega Travel and things are underway.
The new Leinninger.com server is up and working well. It's a Compaq ProLiant with dual 200 mhz p-pro processors, 287m of ram, approx 200 gigs of ATA100 storage, a 6-drive RAID5 SCSI array, and a few other goodies. It should be very stable now (running Gentoo Linux) and easier to maintain and upgrade. This site is not hosted on Leinninger.com in it's entirety. The good peeps at The Collective keep things frosty right now. However, I'm hoping to move Etcetera to the Leinninger.com server(s) within the next 9 months.