Fingertips Explores the Archives: La Rocca - This Life
Jeremy from Fingertips scours the betterPropaganda archives, highlighting gems buried a few years back in our database.
This week we bring you "This Life" from La Rocca.
A comfy stomp of a piano riff leads, brain-buzzingly, into a song as brash as it is cheerful, as expansive as it is, also, introspective. This young Irish band will bring some inevitable early-U2 comparisons, both for the country of origin and for singer/guitartist Bjorn Baillie's semi-resemblance to a young Bono. But the comparison doesn't hold for long, to my ears. There's some deep-seated, rather un-U2-like awareness of down-and-dirty classic rock suffusing the groove these guys lay down here, to begin with. And anyway, this quartet isn't quite so Irish as all that--one of them is from England, they started playing together in Cardiff (in Wales, you know), and the whole gang moved to LA before too long. "This Life" is a track from the La Rocca's debut full-length CD, The Truth, released in August 2006 on Danger Bird Records.
- Jeremy Schlosberg