Rococode is dark indie electro pop. Their music weaves a lush tapestry of synths, guitars and soundscapes around duelling boy/girl vocals and heavy bass and drums.
They released their debut album Guns, Sex & Glory to much critical and press acclaim in early 2012. The record was produced by Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas) and mixed by John Congleton (St.Vincent, Polyphonic Spree). As bands do, they took to the road and spent the better part of the next 18 months touring Canada and the US in various capacities.
Never satisfied with the status quo, Rococode concocted a brave plan to create their follow up. They coaxed producer Ted Gowans (Tegan and Sara, Fences) from Los Angeles to set up a studio in a cabin, off the grid, in the isolated coastal forest of British Columbia.
Between building fires, checking the solar panels, and failed fishing trips, the foursome set to work on music that shared none of the characteristics of their rustic surroundings. They arranged an army of synthesizers, guitar pedals and drum machines into tight, crisp Alternative gems that sparkle, shuffle and shake at every turn. One would hardly use the term to describe the end result, but the question was asked — “Are we making a hip hop album?”
Once out of the woods the band put the finishing touches on the recordings at Vancouver’s Monarch Studios, Fireplace Studios in New York and Ultrasound Studios in Los Angeles. Whereas their debut thrived using the element of surprise, the forthcoming follow up takes its time (mirroring the recording process) and settles into danceable grooves, taking a more subtle approach to the band’s constant juxtaposition of light and dark.
The first song from this set, the haunting and cinematic BANKS, was released in September, 2014. The song, and it’s beautifully shot video, picked up considerable buzz in the online realm and exposed the band to a new fanbase. The band undertook regional touring and made a trip to the prestigious Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg in support of “Banks”.
In October of 2015 they released Panic Attack, a five song EP including a modern take on INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart and a remix by Vancouver electro darlings HUMANS. The single quickly reached number 1 on CBC Radio 3 and saw spins on commercial radio across the country. The EP showed up on CMJ College Charts in the US and cracked the top 10 in Canadian College in the first week of 2015. They supported the release with several showcases at CMJ Music Marathon and live dates throughout Western Canada
Four long years in the making, Rococode released their sophomore album, “Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon” on February 26, 2016 via Marquis in Canada and the US.