While bands often spend their early days discovering their musical directions and vying for visibility, the story of Vancouver’s Dear Rouge is something unique and almost unheard of in Canada. The band is led by husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart. Between the two of them, they carry years of touring and recording with multiple bands and different musical ventures. It was these days of young exploration that led them to meeting. Both driven by a passion to create energetic music with a creative backbone, they formed Dear Rouge and their debut EP Heads Up Watch Out.
Their follow up EP Kids Wanna Know helped hone their alternative dance-rock sound and also led to the duo winning the Peak Performance Project in 2012, the largest artist development project in Canada. Bolstered by their success and now financially equipped to delve further into their music, Dear Rouge got straight to work on their first full-length record. The record’s lead single “I Heard I Had” is a driving synth-rock jam, which shocked the entire Canadian music industry by steadily climbing the alternative and rock charts to the Top 5 – with no label or album backing it; a rare feat especially for a band that had no previous charting history.
Dear Rouge’s debut album Black to Gold, released in 2015, is the culmination of these achievements. Blending their signature razor-sharp, synth rock beats with emotionally charged lyrics and huge ballads delivered powerfully by Danielle, makes for a unique sound; catchy, arena-full bangers with attitude and substance. Black to Gold resonated with both peers and fans, catapulting their careers into new dimensions with the title of ‘Juno award winning’ to add to their ever growing belt of accolades. Bagging the ‘Breakthrough Group of the Year’ award at the 2016 Juno’s, Dear Rogue calls it the ‘icing on the cake’ for the steady progress and recognition they have been receiving since 2012.
Riding on the wave of success of Black to Gold, the Juno award-winning group is ready to excite our ear ways once more. Back in the studio recording tracks for their forthcoming album to be released in 2017, the band is looking to make a mark on the international stage.
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