Hey Rosetta!’s short film, shot entirely on picturesque Fogo Island and directed by Mark Bennett, is premiering at Paste: http://bit.ly/18Qh9VP. The band was selected by Fogo Island Arts for their Artist in Residency Program to create the film, which features three new recordings of Hey Rosetta! songs from their record Second Sight as well as exclusive candid footage of their time spent on the island. Fogo Island’s artist residencies, unique architecture and landscape serve as a backdrop for the music.

Fogo Island lies off the Northeast coast of Newfoundland, the band’s home. Of the choice to film there, Tim Baker (vocals, keyboards, guitars, percussion) explains, “We’d been hearing about the magical buildings being constructed on Fogo Island, off-the-grid Scandinavian-inspired artist studios and this huge, floating, luxury eco-inn, and like any nosey local, wanted to see them for ourselves.” The backdrop of the island influenced the final, sprawling product, and Baker elaborates, “We wanted to record and videotape some of our new songs in inspiring spaces, spaces that suited them, spaces that heightened them.”

Headlining Communion Club Nights this April, the band is celebrating the release of their new record Second Sight (out now via Sonic Records) with a spring tour. The album is receiving critical acclaim—Vice’s Noisey states that it’s “music worth screaming about” and NOW Magazine adds, “Calling it their pinnacle might be premature, but Second Sight is so damn invigorating that it may just be their best yet.”


Second Sight was recorded at Montreal’s MixArt studio and produced by Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, Stars, The National). Of the recording process Paquin explains, “I challenged the band to pull influence from new places and check out new sounds and let go of what they had accomplished in their demos. From those new sounds and inspirations, Tim’s lyrics just kept expanding. Musically and dynamically, this record has an extremely wide range compared to where we started. And Tim’s unmistakable voice is the glue that holds everything together.”


The band was recently featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” stream and read the piece here: http://n.pr/1vp2UBy. In addition, they recently performed live sessions for Relix and Daytrotter, and their video for “What Arrows” premiered at USA Today. Of the video, which is part of the final Fogo footage, USA Today says, “The presentation itself is simple—the group and their instruments, awash in projections of crashing waves as the song crescendos—but the song is equal parts anthemic, dreamy and meditative…”


Hey Rosetta! is comprised of Baker, Adam Hogan (guitars, vocals), Josh Ward (bass, keyboards, vocals), Phil Maloney (drums, percussion, vocals), Romesh Thavanathan (keyboards, guitars, cello, vocals), Kinley Dowling (violin, vocals) and Mara Pellerin (vocals, French horn, trumpet). The band’s last two albums, Into Your Lungs and Seeds, were short-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. In 2012 they received a Juno nomination for New Group of the Year.



April 8                                                Washington, DC                                                  DC9

April 9                                                Philadelphia, PA                                            MilkBoy

April 10                                                Brooklyn, NY                                  Knitting Factory

April 11                                                 Allston, MA                                            Great Scott

April 13                                                Cleveland, OH                       The Cambridge Room

April 14                                              Indianapolis, IN                                           The Hi-Fi

April 15                                                Louisville, KY                                            Zanzabar

April 16                                                 Nashville, TN                                   The High Watt

April 18                                                St. Louis, MO                                           The Demo

April 19                                             Kansas City, MO                                       Tank Room

April 21                                             Minneapolis, MN                                         Turf Club

April 23                                                  Chicago, IL                                                Schubas

April 24                                               Rock Island, IL                                           Rozz-Tox

May 8-10                                               Atlanta, GA                                Shaky Knees Festival

June 20-21                                          Dover, DE                                    Firefly Music Festival