ROSE HILL DRIVE | 04.28.07 | NYC

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Words By: Rich Lieberman

Rose Hill Drive :: 04.28.07 :: Mercury Lounge :: New York, NY

Rose Hill Drive by Jake Krolick
It's Saturday night, downtown NYC, and Houston Street bustled with New Yorkers who knew where the party was happening. The buzz for this highly anticipated show was undeniable. I recognized Daniel Sproul, guitarist extraordinaire of Rose Hill Drive, out front having a smoke. RHD has taken a grassroots approach, gaining the respect of its fans through their live performances. Along the way, they've garnered considerable critical acclaim, which seems to grow all the time. Tonight, they returned to NYC and a sold out Mercury Lounge but these boys were as laid back as you could get. "We played one of our best shows here in NYC," said bassist/vocalist Jake Sproul. "We love playing here."

Daniel Sproul by Jake Krolick
Rose Hill Drive consists of Sproul brothers and drummer Nate Barnes. This badass power trio from Boulder, each in their early twenties, has been electrifying audiences with hard-edged rock & roll that instantly hooks listeners and takes them back to the glorious sound of the '70s. They weren't even born when Led Zeppelin called it quits but they're frequently compared to them. The comparison seemed especially appropriate when they broke into Band of Gypsys', "Power To Love," with soaring guitar riffs and an exploding rhythm section. In fact, at their New Year's Eve show RHD covered the entire Gypsys Live at the Fillmore East album from start to finish.

Rose Hill Drive released their self-titled debut album last August and has been touring relentlessly ever since. They jumped on the festival circuit playing the likes of Bonnaroo, Langerado and, most recently, the Wanee Festival. They have opened up for some big time bands like The Who, Van Halen and The Black Crowes, just to name a few. But tonight, it was RHD taking center stage, playing to a packed room in downtown NYC, and they would not disappoint.

The boys took to the stage at 11 p.m. and from the opening notes of "Showdown" they were locked in. Their riff heavy grooving in the small brick walled room was pristine and loud. With the packed crowd head banging along in unison with the band, they launched into "The Guru," hard, steady drums leading to the precise but raw guitar and bass work. Jake Sproul's lead vocals were clear and steady all night. The band gained momentum with each song.

Rose Hill Drive by Jake Krolick
It's not a stretch to say that Daniel Sproul is one of the best new axe slingers on the scene. He shredded his Gibson Les Paul through the entire set. They flat out nailed Elmore James' "Look On Yonder Wall" but it's their original material that will sustain this band well into the future.

This was a blazing show from start to finish from an ass kicking band that you better catch soon if you want to see them up close and personal. Rose Hill Drive might not be playing a room like The Mercury Lounge next time around.

Super 400, a power trio from Troy, New York, opened the show. These guys can play. They ripped through a short but heavy set that left me wanting to check them out again. They were a great opener for RHD on a perfect Saturday night in NYC.

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GrantedProductions starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/18/2007 05:12AM
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Dope... dope... DOPE! Check out this lil' 8mm film clip of RHD in rawkin the house in Los Angeles! Werd!

mulehead13 starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/18/2007 07:54AM
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Nice article Rich. What happened after the show?

discobret starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/18/2007 09:24AM
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Rose Hill Drive is a relentless powerhouse of rock! Miss them at your peril!

Tomfoolery starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/18/2007 10:34AM
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Nice article. Complete agree about seeing RHD now while they're still in small clubs. And although I hate to shamelessly self promote, if anyone is interested in more on RHD there is an article on about their show in New Orleans. Peace y'all

sunnbear starstarstarstar Fri 5/18/2007 11:26AM
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I saw them open for The Who last year at the Hollywood Bowl. I'm very glad that RHD was there to keep the night from being a total waste. They rocked the bowl with a tight, yet very short set. I will definately see them ASAP as headliners. Great band! By the way...I love The Who for all they have done, but enough is enough. I wish to hold onto my memories from the 70's, thank you very much! They should have billed this tour as the "Who's Left Tour".

candise Fri 5/18/2007 12:24PM
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Nice review Rich. Rose Hill Drive definitely does not disappoint. They are the freshest thing to happen to rock and roll for a looooong time. For those of you who have not seen them live yet- you had better catch them quick. They are not going to be playing intimate clubs for long! These boys have got it going on.

Marcsmall Fri 5/18/2007 03:28PM
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Rose Hill Drive > Govt Mule

JohnMac3 starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/18/2007 07:17PM
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Glad to hear that the future of hard rock has RHD to carry it on!

Nice article!

Oscianna starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/21/2007 01:50PM
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Great Review Rich! Makes me definitely want to check these guys out! Keep up the GREAT reviews!!

Teabagger starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/22/2007 08:10AM
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If you look up Rock 'n' Roll in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of RHD. Balls to the wall!

dannymo starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/22/2007 04:27PM
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these young men rock way to make Boulder proud!!!

mike_c starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/23/2007 09:26AM
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RHD really are the real deal. I've seen them twice and they get better every time. This is real Rock and Roll that has been missing for a long time. Do yourself a favor and go see them. A great night at a real Rock Show.

O1Roggae Fri 6/1/2007 09:57AM
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best trio besides mmw right now