Passenger - Vicar Street
Vicar St, Dublin
Saturday 1st September 2018
Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger has today announced his return to Dublin with a headline show for Vicar St this September in support of his new album Runaway.
There have always been two sides to Mike Rosenberg: the epic, radio-friendly sound represented by his international number one single, Let Her Go, and his UK number one album, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (2016), and the more introverted, singer-songwriter side heard, for instance, on Whispers II (2015) and The Boy Who Cried Wolf (2017).
Runaway, the new album, finds Passenger embracing the epic once again: the melodies are unforgettable, the choruses colossal. These are songs you are going to hear on the radio. ‘Some see pop as a dirty word,’ says Rosenberg, ‘but it just means the melody is catchy. Well, my favourite songs that have ever been written are catchy.’
The album, Rosenberg’s tenth in 11 years, was recorded between the UK and Australia with his co-producer, Chris Vallejo, but its aesthetic is North American. Some of the lyrics refer to specific locations, such as Detroit and Yellowstone. ‘My dad is American,’ Rosenberg explains, ‘and we used to go over every other summer when we were kids. I always loved it. I guess I was seduced by it a little bit. It was such a culture shock coming from England.’
Sonically, too, Runaway draws on Americana, for instance the early work of Ryan Adams. There is some lap steel, some mandolin, a little banjo, all courtesy of guitarist Benjamin Edgar, Rosenberg is also joined on the album by bassist Rob Calder, drummer Peter Marin and keyboard player Jon Hansen. Rosenberg imagined these new songs as unfolding against a backdrop of American landscapes. And so, rather than the usual video process, he and video director Jarrad Seng spent three weeks making videos on a road trip across the US.
After a decade of constant activity, ten months off. And now Runaway. Rosenberg says he is excited by the idea of hitting the road again – solo, this time, after he brought in a full band for the Young As The Morning tour. And he’s still busking. ‘Years ago, it was just me and a suitcase of CDs,’ he smiles. ‘We used to get 50 people. Now it’s stage, a soundman, telling councils in advance. We might play to 3,000 people. But busking is something we’ve always done, a unique part of what Passenger is. And part of it is selfish too. Promo can feel like a conveyor belt – but if I include busking on a promo tour, it means I get to play to the real fans every day.’
Hell Or High Water - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgDbp5C74sU
Tickets priced €33 on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.