MP3 Built for the Sea - ROCK: Progressive Rock
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ROCK: Progressive Rock, ROCK: Modern Rock
From The EastBayExpress, Berkeley, CA December 13, 2006 ...
Built for Big Sound
By Kathleen Richards
True to its name, San Franciscoâs Built for the Sea crafts lush indie-rock that is at once dreamy, hypnotic, and emotionally powerful. The band is the project of singer Lia Rose, who recruited a talented pool of musicians â including the Rum Diaryâs Daniel McKenzie on bass, the Aimless Never Missâ Jon Latimer on guitar, and drummer Justin Silva â to realize her deeply personal and political songs for the bandâs self-released, eponymous debut album released last month. Sleep the pain away, sleep the past away, sleep the day away, Rose sings on âAwake,â a reference to the endless cycle of war and the despair she felt when the United States began bombing Afghanistan.
Itâs an impressive start for the 26-year-old, who has no formal background in music, though she grew up surrounded by instruments thanks to her familyâs wind-chime business. Rose decided to pursue music seriously just three and a half years ago when she joined the San Francisco band Minipop. One of its first shows was opening for Metric at the Great American Music Hall. After she parted ways with the band, she landed a solo show with Jill Sobule at Cafe du Nord.
Not long ago, Rose, who grew up in Long Beach, was a science major at UC Berkeley. Like many new transplants, she gravitated toward politics. She started with animal rights, moved to environmentalism, and finally found herself in a De-Cal class called Female Sexuality. âIt was through that class that I rediscovered my passion for telling stories and writing songs,â she remembers. âI got the guts to get up in front of the class. ... What I was doing was telling my own stories in a way that other people could relate to. I had really incredible reactions to it.â Rose admits sheâs just now being exposed to âgood music.â Having grown up listening to rap and KROQ, she cites Radiohead, Björk, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Death Cab for Cutie among her current inspirations. Itâs the emotionally charged nature of those bands that Rose is aiming for, and it comes through clearly on the bandâs debut. âThis is what Iâve been craving, getting this big sound,â she says.
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