“New Yorker Rogers lived his first 12 years of his life in Birmingham, which seems to have lent wry humour to his music – specifically this wondrous piece of elegiac glam rock (‘The Biba Crowd’). It’s a kind of musical equivalent to Jonathan Coe’s The Rotter’s Club.”
— THE WORD MAGAZINE
“Man. Great songs spill out of this little bastard like raindrops. How does he do that?? On his latest collection, NYC-via-Birmingham’s Sir Edward goes deeper into the woods, assimilating his veddy british ‘60s/70s as if intent on making sure you’re aware of ever single ingredient in the best bouillabaisse you’ve ever tasted.”
Glam rocker & classic pop maven Edward Rogers is set to release his fourth solo album, Porcelain, in the UK and Europe on 4/2/2012 via Bucketfull of Brains with distribution by Proper Music Distribution.Porcelain, which was released last November in the US via Zip Records, is comprised of eleven sonically distinctive compositions that were written and recorded within an 18-month period. “The title of the album,” explains Rogers, “directly reflects the emotions represented in the songs and my mood during the writing process – rage, love, broken friendships, good days, bad days…fun days.”
The album’s title track, ‘Porcelain’, was recently featured as AOL SPINNER’S MP3 of the Day after premiering on BLURT ONLINE. Check out the glowing feature here: , and download the track here: (approved to embed and post).
Rogers explains the track in his own words: “I once met a very young, very sick girl who was put in foster care because her family couldn’t afford to take care of her. I couldn’t get her off my mind. She made me think of the fact that life is so delicate, so vulnerable and breakable… like porcelain. That young girl and the challenges she was going to face was the inspiration for ‘Porcelain’.
In conjunction with the upcoming release, Rogers released a video for ‘Porcelain’.
Online US Magazine BLOGCRITICS says Rogers “has delivered one of the year’s understated musical gems with his latest effort, Porcelain. The album is audio heaven for fans of early to mid-1970s-era British rock, as it combines the nostalgic poetics of Ian Hunter and Mott The Hoople and the insouciant glam bounce of Marc Bolan and T. Rex… Fans of classic Britrock owe it to themselves to check Porcelain out.”
Representing somewhat of a departure in style – both musically and lyrically – THE BIG TAKEOVER had this to say about Porcelain, “Rogers crafts a timeless record of nostalgia-flavored – but not retro – rock & roll.” Porcelain reveals Rogers’ edgier side (‘The Biba Crowd,’ ‘Separate Walls,’ ‘Diamond Amour’) while emitting echoes of the softer sound of his past recordings (‘Nothing Too Clever,’ ‘Tears Left In The Bottle,’ The Silent Singer’).
Porcelain was ultimately penned by Rogers, but the album draws upon the talents of notable kindred spirits including: Don Piper, the celebrated songwriter and bandleader (contributed co-production); James Mastro, a founding member of both The Bongos and Health & Happiness Show and who currently records and tours with Ian Hunter (contributed guitar); Don Fleming, the frontman for Velvet Monkeys, B.A.L.L., and Gumball and who has produced Sonic Youth, Teenage Fan Club, and countless others (contributed guitar); Sal Maida, a member of Cracker who also performs with Roxy Music and Sparks (contributed bass); Ira Elliot, drummer for Nada Surf and Bambi Kino (contributed drums); Pete Kennedy, one half of the folk/pop duo The Kennedys who is currently on tour with Nanci Griffith (contributed guitar); Konrad Meissner, who frequently works with The Silos and Graham Parker (contributed drums); Joe McGinty, who has worked with everyone from the Psychedelic Furs to Ronnie Spector and who is also the mastermind behind the Losers Lounge series of all-star tribute shows (contributed keys); and Claudia Chopek, who has toured and recorded with Moby, TV on the Radio, and Bruce Springsteen among others (contributed violin and viola). This unique assortment of disparate talents bring a vibrant musical life to Edward Rogers’ creative vision and add another dynamic chapter to an already impressive body of work.
The now New York-based Rogers, who spent the first twelve years of his life in Birmingham, England, says “I’m motivated by the urge to make music and express myself, rather than by some abstract idea of being some kind of pop star, so I feel like I’m making music for the right reasons.”
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