Genre: Hard Rock & Blues
Rose Hill Drive is a young American rock power trio. The band is often aligned with other innovators in the revival of traditional hard rock and early metal-psychedelic. Combining hard-driving rock and blues with modern touches and arrangements, they are often described by reviewers as reminiscent of 1970s rock bands Led Zeppelin and Cream.
Rose Hill Drive was formed in 2000 in Boulder, Colorado by brothers Jacob Sproul (bass guitar and vocals) and Daniel Sproul (guitar, backup vocals), and high school friend Nathan Barnes (drums). The present trio solidified after the departure of bassist Graham Webster, who later wrote about the band. The band takes its name from the street where the Sproul brothers lived and the band’s early rehearsals took place.
Rose Hill Drive has performed with The Black Crowes, The Who, Robert Randolph, Wilco, Queens of the Stone Age, Van Halen, Gov’t Mule, and Aerosmith and also performed at Graspop, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Red Rocks, Austin City Limits and the Warped Tour.
On August 22, 2006, the band released their debut self-titled album on Megaforce Records. That summer, the band played the same stage as The Who at the Wireless Festival in Leeds and the Hyde Park Calling Festival in London. In the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007, Rose Hill Drive supported The Who on select US and European dates. The band was even joined on stage in Chicago at a taping of the show “In The Attic” by Pete Townshend, who jammed on The Who classic “Young Man Blues” and Rose Hill Drive’s very own “Raise Your Hands”.
In the April 2007 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, Rose Hill Drive was named one of the “10 New Artists to Watch” in 2007.
Though influenced by many other hard rock and blues bands from the 1960s and 70s, the band reported in Rolling Stone that they are growing weary of being compared so closely to other bands, as they want to be known for their sound, not how much they sound like somebody else.
Rose Hill Drive’s song “Sneak Out” appears in the popular video game Guitar Hero 5, released on September, 1, 2009.
It is rumored they are currently working on recording a 3rd album in Boulder late 2009.