La Rocca Making Waves At Radio

posted October 31, 2008

La Rocca Making Waves At Radio

Following the recent digital release of La Rocca's soul-stirring sophomore LP, Ok Okay (Dangerbird Records), radio across the country is heating up, while hit TV drama "One Tree Hill" continues to incorporate the band's timeless sound into their twisting plots.

Stations across the nation, including LA's influential KCRW, Boston's WFNX and satellite radio's XMU have added several tracks to rotation, including the hopeful, piano-filled "Half Speed" and the rollicking Dylan-inspired shuffle, "Ballad of Arizona." The latter provoked Esquire to remark: "In a perfect world, its ending would spark a worldwide harmonica revival."

Described as "strummy, wistful pop-rock" by Time Out New York, La Rocca's second full-length may have taken a cue from its Austin setting, where it was recorded on analog with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead). Throughout the 11 tracks, the three Irish natives and one Englishman create heartfelt, Americana-laced jams that display the band's love for classic songwriting and introspective narratives.

And it's exactly this that has struck a chord with the popular music-centric "One Tree Hill." The hour-long drama has used four of La Rocca's songs this season making them a ubiquitous fixture on the show.


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