HAMDEN, CT — The previous founder and owner of The Room / Space Ballroom in Hamden is returning to the New Haven new music scene with a new album and a release concert subsequent month.
Stephen Peter Rodgers, who was also the frontman and co/songwriter for the 1990s-2000s indie rock band Mighty Purple, is releasing his new album “Speck On A Clover” on Unfinished Hearts Records.
The album release concert will get position on Friday, May perhaps 13 at The State Home at 310 State Avenue in New Haven.
Rodgers, who operated The Room / Area Ballroom for 15 several years, experienced to change his general public title from Steve Rodgers to “Stephen Rodgers,” due typically to a variety of net look for conflicts and confusion with a different musician also named Steve Rodgers, according to a news launch.
Immediately after almost two many years of championing and marketing regional, regional and nationwide bands of all genres, Rodgers is now targeted on his personal new music and art occupation.
“I unknowingly all but almost missing my have resourceful spirit, in the location business enterprise and course of action of providing many others a system in which to share their expertise and songs,” Rodgers reported in the news launch. “If I could, there would be quite couple of matters I would modify about the story of The Room, it was an wonderful working experience right until forces further than my regulate began to undermine my eyesight and mission there.”
Area Ballroom nonetheless exists below different possession and a different business enterprise model.
Rodgers, a lifelong songwriter, spent most of the pandemic hunkered down in his recording studio (Little Bunker Studio) crafting music, recording and restoring classic keyboards and guitars. He challenged himself to publish and report one tune for each week for a calendar year.
Eventually, he finished up with 40 songs.
Twelve of the tunes will be bundled on the future album “Speck On A Clover.” The album title is a reference to the 1954 Dr. Seuss e-book “Horton Hears a Who.”
Rodgers said the line in the children’s reserve, “A man or woman is a human being, no subject how small,” resonates with him and in some strategies is parallel to his journey, spanning 15 years as an independent songs location entrepreneur transitioning into a full time songwriter and visible artist.
The album’s title monitor “Speck On A Clover” is a piano pushed, electro indie rock music with impassioned lyrics hinting at the singer’s personalized battles and triumphs.
“No clouds here any longer, so sing it out, like a chook on a wire, hunting for a speck on a clover,” sings Rodgers.
The album is the very first that Rodgers has produced for himself.
“Subsequent just one of the darkest and most disappointing seasons in my existence, I desired to establish to myself that I could file on my have,” Rodgers claimed. “I have lived my lifetime as fairly of a luddite and lastly made a decision to find out how to use modern-day recording technology. The complete knowledge has been freeing and has impressed me to create tunes in ways I under no circumstances imagined.”
Music, such as the 1st single from the album, “Genuine Existence,” harken back again to the sonic background of the early Mighty Purple catalogue. The band garnered vital acclaim and national success as a result of 10 many years of frequent touring in assist of the 7 albums they launched.
“Guitars with a shoe gaze aptitude, classic Rhodes keyboards and place on driving drums (performed by David Keith) lay the mattress for lyrics about our human problem & the longing for dwelling in peace with ourselves and with every other,” in accordance to the news release. “Other music on the album this kind of as ‘Wish I Did not Sway’ are self-reflective and lonely, nevertheless anchored to the indie-americana mooring from Stephen’s prior release. Dim southern gothic organ seems form the underlayment for Rodgers’ husky voice as he sings ‘It’s not what we drink but it’s why we consume it, It can be the ideas that we sow and the actions which reap it.’ There are two solo acoustic songs on the album, which continue to be real to Rodgers roots, The Tune ‘What I Am,’ a rapid-paced autobiographical anthem with unapologetic lyrics and an Irish twinge.”
The new album, musically, has all the “fixings to stand tall among the dense forest of modern indie music,” the news release states. “Every track is exclusive yet, every single threads to the upcoming, to make the album a cohesive device. A thing waits inside for listeners of all bents and backgrounds. There is no field pigeon gap to dump the album into. The influences are wide and the concept is further than the shallow wading pool which the contemporary tunes business enterprise has developed all also comfy in.”
The album launch at The Condition Home will function a forged of well-regarded Connecticut audio scene musicians, including Seth Adam, David Keith, Ben Dean, Liz McNicholl (vocals) , Sean OR (Keyboards) and Jessy Griz (Vocals). Rodgers handpicked the opening acts for the evening: Daphne Parker Powell (former Daphne Lee Martin) will be joined by MorganEve Swain (Brown Fowl / The Devil Helps make Three) as nicely as quick sets by Sam Carlson (The Tines), Pony Fowl, Dust Devil Heart, Moonrise Cartel & Sarah Dunn.
“Irrespective of whether or not hundreds of individuals listen to this album and irrespective of whether or not it results in being a ‘profitable merchandise,’ I required to get this new music off my chest, if for absolutely nothing else than to heal from some earlier wounds and disappointments,” Rodgers said.
For far more facts about the album release, or to purchase tickets, go to below.
The very first solitary, “Real Lifestyle,” to be produced from the album can be noticed below: