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Rocky Votolato releases video for “Sawdust and Shavings”

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato has just released a new music video for “Sawdust and Shavings.” The track comes from Votolato’s latest album, Hospital Handshakes, and also appears as the title track to his latest EP. You can watch the video below.

Votolato released the Sawdust and Shavings EP on February 4, 2016. It follows his eighth studio album, Hospital Handshakes, which was released in April 2015 through No Sleep Records.



No Sleep Records release “No Sleep ’till Christmas 7” compilation (Rocky Votolato, Lee Corey Oswald and more)

The kind folks at Huntington Beach-based label No Sleep Records have just released their the newest installment of their No Sleep ‘Till Christmas compilation series. This year’s edition, the 7th in the series, features holiday-themed offerings from the likes of the likes of Lee Corey Oswald, Anakin, Foreign Tongues, Looming, and the great Rocky Votolato.

Check it out for stream/free download below.



Rocky Votolato premieres music video for title track of newest album “Hospital Handshakes”

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato has just released a new music video for the title track of his newest album “Hospital Handshakes”.

Have a look at the stop-animation music video below.

Here’s what Rocky had to say about the making of this music video,

I’ve always wanted to make a stop animation video and this was such a fun process of experimentation and creative collaboration…Sloane Alexandra White is an incredibly talented young director from Portland and a creative force of ideas and inspiration. I was drawn to her work with shadow puppets and think she did a great job of capturing a creepy haunted darkness to visually accompany the themes and vibe of the song.

You can also have a look at a little photo gallery/show review that esteemed colleague Jason Stone recently did of Votolato’s performance in Allston, Massachusetts here.

Rocky is currently on an extensive US tour with Dave Hause, dates and locations of which can be seen below.

“Hospital Handshakes” is Votolato’s eighth studio album and was released this past April through No Sleep Records.



No Sleep Records streaming new compilation “Summer of The Reaper”

The other day we reported on No Sleep Records‘ upcoming summer sampler compilation entitled “Summer of The Reaper”.

Today, the label has made the entire comp available to stream which you can check out below.

The 23 track comp features artists such as Grey Gordon, Moose Blood, Lee Corey Oswald, Somos, Rocky Votolato, Ghost Key, Waster, and more.

Additionally, the No Sleep will be giving away a pair of tickets to this summer’s Warped Tour to a randomly chosen winner.



Chuck Ragan and Rocky Votolato stream ‘Kindred Spirit’ EP

You’re probably well aware that Chuck Ragan and Rocky Votolato have teamed up for a split EP titled Kindred Spirit. But did you know that even though it won’t be out until next week, you can hear it right now? That’s right. Give Kindred Spirit a listen here.

Kindred Spirit will be released on June 2, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records. Pre-orders of Kindred Spirit are available here.

Chuck Ragan’s most recent album, Till Midnight, dropped in March 2014 on SideOneDummy. Rocky Votolato’s latest studio album, Hospital Handshakes, was released April 2015 on No Sleep Records.



Chuck Ragan releases lyric video for “Vagabond” featuring Ben Nichols, Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price

It’s no secret that Chuck Ragan and Rocky Votolato are getting ready to release an upcoming split titled “Kindred Spirit”. The split 10-inch is slated for June 2nd through Chuck’s label, SideOneDummy Records.

In the meantime, check out the lyric video (directed by Jeff Rosenstock) for Chuck’s newest track, “Vagabond”, here. The song features Ben Nichols (Lucero) as well as Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price (Drag The River). Pre-orders of “Kindred Spirit”are available here.

Chuck Ragan’s most recent album, “Till Midnight”, dropped last year on SideOneDummy. Rocky Votolato’s latest studio album, “Hospital Handshakes,” was released last month on No Sleep Records.



Chuck Ragan and Rocky Votolato announce split EP, “Kindred Spirit”

Astute readers of our recent interview with the great Rocky Votolato may have noticed that he kinda spilled the beans about an upcoming split release with the also-great Chuck Ragan. We’re finally learning more about the project!

Entitled “Kindred Spirit,” the split 10-inch is slated for release on June 2nd through Chuck’s label home, SideOneDummy Records. Pre-orders are available here.

In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with a lyric video for the Votolato track “Sparks Of Recovery” here. As you’d expect, the track appears on “Kindred Spirit,” though it appeared as “Sparks” in an alternate form on his last album, “Television of Saints.” As you may not have expected, the video was directed by Jeff Rosenstock!

Rocky Votolato’s latest studio album, “Hospital Handshakes,” was released last month on No Sleep Records. Chuck Ragan’s last album, “Till Midnight,” dropped last year on SideOneDummy.



Rocky Votolato announces co-headlining tour with Dave Hause and support by Chris Farren (Fake Problems)

Rocky Votolato has announced a co-headlining North American tour with Dave Hause and support from Chris Farren of Fake Problems.

You can check out the dates and locations below.

Rocky’s new album Hospital Handshakes came out April 21, 2015 via No Sleep Records. Make sure you check out our Dying Scene Session and interview with him.



Dying Scene Session: Rocky Votolato performs two songs from “Hospital Handshakes”

We’ve got a brand new installment of the new-and-improved Dying Scene Sessions coming at ya today, and it’s a damn good one (if we may be so bold).

As you’re no doubt aware by now, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato‘s eighth solo album, Hospital Handshakes, came out earlier this week on his new label home, No Sleep Records. It’s his biggest, boldest, and dare we say best album to date. And while Hospital Handshakes might be more of a “rock album” than Rocky’s put out to date, the songs were written on acoustic guitar and take on a particularly haunting element when stripped down to their barest elements.

Dying Scene was luck not only to chat with Rocky over the phone a couple weeks ago but to sit down with him for an exclusive acoustic session as he wound down his intimate tour of secret living room shows across the US. Check out Rocky’s Dying Scene Sessions performances of “White Knuckles” and “So Unexpected” below!



Full Album Stream: Rocky Votolato – “Hospital Handshakes”

Rocky Votolato has released a stream of his forthcoming solo album, Hospital Handshakes. You can give it a listen below.

Hospital Handshakes, which marks Rocky’s eighth studio album, is due out April 21, 2015 via No Sleep Records. Pre-orders are available here. In case you missed it, Dying Scene caught up with Rocky late last week for an in-depth interview about the process behind Hospital Handshakes.



New Music: Rocky Votolato – “The Finish Line” off upcoming album “Hospital Handshakes”

Longtime scene veteran and recent addition to the No Sleep Records roster Rocky Votolato has debuted the album-closing track from his forthcoming solo album, Hospital Handshakes. It’s called “The Finish Line,” and you can check it out here. The site is in German, but trust us, the song is there.

In case you missed it, Dying Scene caught up with Rocky late last week for an in-depth interview about the process behind Hospital Handshakes. Pretty compelling stuff, if I do say so myself. Check that out here.

Hospital Handshakes, which marks Rocky’s eighth studio album, is due out April 21st. Pre-orders are available here.



DS Interview: Rocky Votolato on almost walking away from the music world, and his triumphant return on “Hospital Handshakes”


The life of a solo artist trying to make a go of a career as an independent singer/songwriter can be bit of a bipolar (in the non-clinical sense of the word) existence. There’s a certain amount of respect and adulation, particularly in this scene, that comes from being able to make a living in DIY-fashion, based solely on an audiences respect for your words and your energy. The reverse side of that coin, however, is where fear, doubt, and insecurity come in; wondering if people will still care what you have to say, wondering if what you wrote will be good enough to put food on the table both literally and figuratively.

Rewind this tape a few years, and that’s where we’d have found Rocky Votolato. The Texas-born, Seattle-bred singer-songwriter had just released his seventh full-length solo album, Television of Saints, and had been able to scratch out a living selling albums and touring regularly in multiple continents. On the surface at least, things should have been rosy. As is frequently the case with most art, however, the story extends far below the surface.

“I was having a really hard time writing,” Votolato says. “I was feeling really burned out, uninspired creatively. I was in a tough spot, and it’s almost like it didn’t seem like there was a point to even making music anymore.” He had recorded a full album of material, but unhappy with how it had come together, he scrapped the whole thing and went back to work. “With Television of Saints, I just recorded for hours and hours and weeks and months on end, trying to get everything just right,” Votolato laments. “By the end of it, I was totally burned out and had no perspective of whether it was good or not!”

While Television of Saints is generally held in high regard amongst the songwriter set and, more importantly, among Votolato’s fans, its release didn’t necessarily prove to be the cathartic moment that it perhaps should have been. One of the scene’s more prolific songwriters (seven full-length albums in a little over a decade) was on the verge of shutting the whole thing down. “By the fall of 2013…I just had decided that I was going to retire from music. I was just going to have a normal life with my family and get off the road.”

While that idea of giving up and walking away might sound ‘crazy’ to the layperson, when the words aren’t coming, there is no more difficult place for a songwriter. “I’ve always depended on music. It’s always been a healing force in my life. It’s something that has been there for me to have an outlet and to put some of that stuff that I’m dealing with, whether it’s just existential suffering or mental depression,” says Votolato. “It’s always really been comforting to have that as a place to go when I need to express that stuff.”

“I was severely depressed,” Votolato tells me, “and didn’t really realize that I basically just needed a shift in perspective. I was relating to the whole creative process in the wrong way.” There’s a fairly well-known (at least among book nerd circles) speech that was given by the late author David Foster Wallace as a commencement address to graduating seniors at Kenyon College in 2005. Wallace opens with a parable of two young fish, out for a morning swim. They cross paths with an old fish, who nods at them and offers the following greeting: “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” The two young fish continue swimming on before one looks at the other and says “What the hell is water?!?”

The point of his “this is water” speech is to get us to be more conscious of the unconscious way we go through life, opening ourselves up to our surroundings and to letting things happen. It seems that this sort of proverbial awakening is what Votolato needed to open up the dam again. “When I started to get that, it was a hard thing to go through,” Votolato says, “but when I did start having a good time again playing music and playing with words and having some acceptance from myself, I let go of that controlling attitude and needing everything to be perfect.”

The result of those floodgates opening again is 2015’s Hospital Handshakes. Votolato’s eighth studio album (his first for new label home No Sleep Records) is a departure from his normal work. “I really felt like I needed a new direction to keep things fresh and mix it up a little bit and keep it exciting for me,” states Votolato. “And I didn’t really know what I was going to get going in to (it like) that.” What he got was eleven tracks filled with deeper soundscapes and more rock guitar than any of his prior works, perhaps collectively.

“When songs are good,” says Votolato rather passionately,” it feels like I didn’t write them; they write themselves and you’re just kind of a channel for that. You get your ego out of the way and some cool art shows up and you capture it.” While the focal point of Hospital Handshakes very much remains Votolato’s lyrics and songwriting, he surrounded himself with a small stable of bona fide musicians (Chris Walla, ex-Death Cab for Cutie; Cody Votolato, Waxwing, Blood Brothers; Andy Lum of My Goodness; Eric Corson of The Long Winters) and allowed them the freedom to trust their instincts. That the whole process was recorded on tape meant having to make good decisions, and quickly. Rather than the two-year period of uphill skating that was Television of Saints, Hospital Handshakes came together in two weeks.

After Hospital Handshakes release, Votolato will be touring the States with a full band (stay tuned for dates, something he’s grown unaccustomed to in recent years. “More than any record I’ve ever made,” Votolato says, “this one deserves to have a full-band treatment, and it really kinda needs that to bring it fully to life.” He’ll also be taking a full band with him on a tour of Europe that’ll span most of May and June. It’ll be his first full-band tour across the pond, though it’s something he’s been looking forward to for quite some time.

Given Votolato’s history as a solo act, the music on Hospital Handshakes still works well when it’s just him. To give some of his hardcore fans a taste of what’s to come, he recently embarked on a 34-date US tour, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar: no PA system, no lights, no stage. Instead, he’s touring fans’ living rooms across the country: “I have such a loyal group of fans and…this only works if you have a dedicated fanbase of people that care about what you’re doing and want to see it in a really intimate setting.” If you live on the West Coast, you may want to check out the upcoming dates on Rocky’s living room tour here; based on the crossover relatability of Hospital Handshakes, it may be your last time to see him so up close and personal.

Read our full Q&A with Rocky Votolato below. We cover a lot of the above-mentioned ground in far greater detail, and also discuss an upcoming split with Chuck Ragan, some advice given to him by Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, and a lot more. Hospital Handshakes is due out April 21st on No Sleep Records. Pre-orders are available here.



New Music: Rocky Votolato – “Hospital Handshakes”

Longtime scene veteran and recent addition to the No Sleep Records roster Rocky Votolato has debuted the title track from his upcoming solo album, Hospital Handshakes. Check it out here!

Rocky is currently in the midst of a solo tour of living rooms across the country. There are still a handful of dates left; head here to see where you can cross paths with one of our scene’s better singer/songwriters!

Hospital Handshakes, which marks Rocky’s eighth studio album, is due out April 21st. Pre-orders are available here.



Rocky Votolato announces US living room tour dates

Longtime scene veteran and recent addition to the No Sleep Records roster Rocky Votolato has announced some details for his upcoming tour of living rooms across the country.

The tour kicks off tomorrow in Orcas Island, Washington, and runs through April 24th in nearby Seattle, but not before circling the US in clockwise fashion. Head below to find out the dates and cities, though you can’t find out specific venue details until after you buy tickets. Each “venue” has a capacity of between 40 and 60 people, and each show consists of just Rocky and his guitar.

Votolato’s month-long tour is leading up to the release of his new album, “Hospital Handshakes.” The album, which marks his eighth over all and first on No Sleep, is due out April 21st. Pre-orders are available here.