Rotary Downs is a New Orleans rock band that is on the verge of one of their most ambitious releases to date. Due out in March of 2014 on reapandsow records, the new album reflects a new attitude - catch them live!
Rotary Downs' post-Katrina release, Chained to the Chariot, was a breakthrough album of sorts, critically and stylistically, with NPR heralding it as a stunning collection of psychedelic art-pop songs, and Alternative Press giving the record a four-star rating. Chained made many best of lists, and the band won Best Rock Band at Gambit Weekly's Big Easy Awards two years in a row after its release.
The follow-up album, Cracked Maps & Blue Reports, garnered similar acclaim, winning Best Rock Album from Offbeat magazine and gaining the band another nomination for Best Rock Band from Gambit Weekly. Filter magazine described it as "Perfectly New Orleanian: both high and low, in and out, joyous and mournful.
The band has played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Voodoo Music Experience, the Bonnaroo Music Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, and the MIDEM music conference in Cannes, France.
Rotary Downs' music has appeared in two films (Sundance Channel's Architecture School and the skiing documentary The Ripple Effect), and two Rotary Downs songs are featured in the Rock Band game. HBO's Treme used the song Djinni Stomp in a recent episode.
Rotary Downs will begin rolling out singles and a video for it's yet untitled 6th album, due March 2014 on reapandsow records.
Rotary Downs now features new members Alex Smith (Mojave 3, Theresa Andersson) and Anthony Cuccia (The Other Planets, The Night Janitor).
Cracked Maps & Blue Reports 2010 (Rookery)
- Best Rock Album, Offbeat Magazine
Chained to the Chariot, 2006 (s/r)
- "**** 4 Stars!" Alternative Press
- CMJ Top 200
- Top 5 Adds, Top 10 in major college radio markets, XM Radio
- RollingStone.com/hennessy Top 3 Songs
Quitters EP, 2004 (s/r)
- "Vulgar Ways" on IndieFeed
Long After the Thrill, 2003 (s/r)
- CMJ Top 200
- "Bleeders" on IndieFeed
Rotary Downs, self-titled, 2001 (s/r)
-Shorter set (45 minutes, 10 songs)
-Longer set (90 minutes, 20 songs)
-Set list varies with every gig to keep it interesting for us and our fans. We have roughly 40 original songs and 10 covers we throw in from time to time (including Velvet Underground "Who Loves the Sun," Joy Division "Transmission," Joe Walsh "Life of Illusion" and the Cars "Just What I Needed"