Rochester Fosgate
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Rochester Fosgate

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"Aiding & Abetting"

Simple, acoustic-driven roots stuff. A little folk, a little pop, a little rock, a little country. Think of some of the more laid-back Meat Puppets moments--no pyrotechnics. Nothing too aggressive, but still tight enough to set the hooks. Basic is, indeed, sometimes best.

- A & A

"Copacetic Zine"

Rochester Fosgate is apparently a guy with an unlikely name (or maybe more likely a pseudonym) and not a band. Presumably he's playing all the instuments here, but I'm not sure--it's definitely a full band sound. The songs here are mostly based on some nice acoustic guitar work and are stylistically fairly diverse, ranging from a kind of honky-tonky bluegrass-influenced sound ("Parents' Mistakes") to straight-up indiepop ("Dr. Owner Operator") to a more Modest Mouse-y sound ("Hold'em"). In fact, until I found out that it was one guy, I had assumed that different band members were writing different songs. It takes an unfortunate turn toward the grating for about 3 songs in the second half, and the recording suffers from some poorly miced/mixed drums, but for the most part this is a pretty enjoyable and likable listen. If Rochester can sharpen up his editing instincts and production values, I'll be interested to hear more from him. (mike.08.04)

Epilogue: It's now a couple of months later and I just wanted to add that the "doctor please don't operate on me" bit of "Dr. Owner Operator" still pops into my head from time to time, so

"Skratch Magazine June 2004"

The debut release from Northwest solo artist Rochester Fosgate is a highly personal document of an existential journey of discovery. All 11 tracks on this album are recorded at Fosgate's Stu Stu Studio, where, in true D.I.Y. style, he wrote all the songs, played all the instruments, and did all the vocals. While there are a few semi-rockers on this disc, most of the tunes are lively acoustic melodies in the vein of Nick Drake or Matt Costa. Fosgate does a great job with acoustic and electric rhythm guitar, but he falls painfully flat with his bass. Fosgate's appealing acoustic songs are often jarred by a too-loud or incompatible bass line. This is a good first effort, but Fostgate will have to tighten up his tunes to attract any major label attention.

Skratch Magazine

"Evil Sponge"

Rochester Fosgate is not the name of a band, but rather is the alter-ego of musician Kevin Fullerton. He's based out of Seattle, apparently, and plays light Indie pop with a quirkiness about it. His music as heard on this self-titled recording, is slightly acoustic although it does have some force about it. And although the afore-mentioned quirkiness gets a bit thick at times, Rochester Fosgate is a fun album.

There aren't really any liner notes to the album, but I think that Fullerton/Fosgate pays most, if not all, of the instruments. And, if he did in fact do that, I have to compliment the guy. Normally if there's only one person in a band you hear various mistakes, bad mixes, and missed notes. But this album sounds really nice, as if he were indeed a full one man band. In this sense, it reminds me a bit of the time I saw The Lonesome Organist in concert, although this is a bit lighter in tone and less raucous by nature.

The album begins with Rotate Freely, a little semi-acoustic number with brushed drumming, a pretty bassline, and alternating higher/lower male vocals (as if there were two singers) on the chorus. It sounds a bit like some retro acoustic singer meeting The Dream Academy, albeit without a xylophone, but you get the idea. Parents' Mistakes comes next, and features a country-esque, yet light, psychedelia feel, as if perhaps one of the old Elephant Six bands had unplugged, and gone West. The voice is very prominent in the mix, and, at one point, the dual vocal lines (which again I think are both Fosgate) try to harmonize with each other. And they almost get it right….which, if you think of it as someone attempting to harmonize with himself, is just off enough to be endearing. And cute.

There, I said it. I hate to the use the word, because it doesn't have any real meaning. Cute is a word I reserve for small kittens, and…well, that's about it, except, perhaps, slightly earnest Indie Rock musicians. And Rochester Fosgate, with the stray harmonies, happy tone, and fairly light instrumentation just screams earnest Indie Rock musician. So, it's cute. And that is neither ironic, nor an insult.

Anyway, with that little rant aside, the rest of Rochester Fosgate continues in mostly the same vein. Black Asphalt is another country-esque tune that reminds me vocally of The Kingston Trio (thanks, Mom and Dad!). In contrast, One Way Streets comes across more like early The Wedding Present, albeit with an acoustic focus and a summery pop sound. And Geologic Time bridges the gap between acoustic 60s style singer/songwriter and the more psychedelic work of the 70, with guitar arpeggios that could recall Stairway to Heaven. It's also the one song when you can clearly hear the transition between the higher and local vocal lines

Of course, not all the songs on the album are equally good. Hold 'Em just seems a little blah after the fun of the first four songs. More importantly, My Friend Greg takes quirkiness to an extreme, with the lower vocals sounding suspiciously gothy and drone-y as he repeats the line regarding, "my friend Greg." Finally, Arm and Hesher just doesn't quite match the tone of the rest of the album. It's more of a 70s rock tune, which of course led me at first to think that perhaps this entire album is an elaborate homage to the career of Marc Bolan. But that's another rant, with which I won't bother you. But I have to say the rock thing is completely out of place of this album.

Still, in the end, Rochester Fosgate is a oddly unexpectedly good album. It doesn't necessarily grab or charm you on the first listen. But as you sit there, with it going in the background, you'll find it hummable and pleasant. And if you decide to examine it more closely, you'll find things more charming and…yes….cute. So, it might not be the best thing you've heard all year, but it is a really fun diversion.

reviewed by Tracers

"#48 Best of Northwest 2004"

In 2004, Rochester Fosgate's self-titled debut was voted #48 best album in the northwest by - Three Imaginary Girls


Death Of A Guitar Salesman CD- 2006 Smooth Excavator

Rochester Fosgate CD- 2005 Smooth Excavator

Nice Family Portrait Compilation CD- Nice Promotion


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Rochester Fosgate is the Seattle based music project of Kevin Fullerton. His second album, "Death Of A Guitar Salesman" will be released on Smooth Excavator Recordings in May 2006. The album was recorded last summer in Seattle by Matt Brown with Kevin playing guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. Kevin and his band are currently booking summer 2006 shows along the west coast.