Wicked Mans RestReleased on ChalkMark Records on 5th March 2007Passenger (formerly Mike Rosenberg Band) is a five piece from Brighton, who are destined for greatness in 2007. Their music is an extraordinary mixture of acoustic folk in the storytelling tradition, and an epic-yet-intimate, hip hop and electronica-influenced modernity, suffused with pain, sadness and precocious wisdom, yet completely free of defeatist miserablism. There is an alchemy at work here, which becomes immediately apparent at a Passenger live show, where grown-up fans of acoustic balladry join with gaggles of starry-eyed girls in hushed appreciation of the quintets lushness, charm and intensity. Theyre fronted by 22 year old Mike Rosenberg, a young man who is capable, through his lyrics, of telling stories from the perspective of the wise and world-weary man, lost and rootless a rare talent.The forthcoming single, Wicked Mans Rest is a darkly beautiful after hours heartbreaker of a song. It features a sample of Allen Ginsberg despairing about consumerism and the song itself is an emotional response to the experience of living in the contemporary world. On one level its about a character observing the world around him and seeing the good and the bad in intense detail and wrestling with his conscience.
But on a bigger scale, the tired of the new wave lyric is about wrestling with and finding a way to deal with modern life and society as a whole.
'Wicked Man's Rest' is in many ways a perfect introduction to what Passenger do - a collision of acoustica, samples, beat poetry, & emotive lyrical imagery within the framework of a surging and epic song.
Wicked Mans Rest will be available on digital and CD formats.
Passengers debut album, Stray Dog will be released in spring 2007.
Passenger will be playing the following dates in 2007:
Mon Jan 15th The Spitz, London
Wed Jan 17th Aloud.com showcase event (Promo gig)
Tues Jan 23rd The Fly, London Mon Jan 29th The Greys Brighton (Acoustic) Wed Jan 31st The Metro London
Tues Feb 20th The Pressure Point Brighton
Wed Feb 21st The Spitz London
Tues Feb 27th The Liquid Rooms Edinburgh (Seth Lakeman Support) Passenger