| Lancaster, PA, USA|
Knitting Factory Records
| Knitting Factory Records|
Independent music, Freak folk, Psychedelic rock, Progressive rock
Noah Georgeson, Dan Elkan, Devendra Banhart, Juan Alderete, Cedric Bixler‑Zavala
Gregory Rogove is an American indie music drummer and songwriter. He is notable for partnering with indie artist Devendra Banhart to form the group Megapuss. He signed a record contract with Knitting Factory Records in 2011.
Rogove grew up in Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania of Jewish parents with some of his distant ancestors being Mennonites. When eighteen, he traveled to India on a year-long scholarship and studied the tabla. He described India as a "swirl of energy." He traveled to Singapore, Mali, and Mexico. He spent five weeks in China at the Peking Opera and commented that the sound of the gongs made it seem likely that one's head would split in two. The journeys influenced his musical sensibility and helped him achieve a "rich repertoire" with diverse influences from freak folk, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, classical music, punk rock and world music, according to one source. At Wesleyan University, he studied musical composition. Upon his graduation in 2002, he was the recipient of the Pokora Prize, awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate student in music composition. In the music scene in New York City, he founded a band called Tarantula A.D. which later became the band Priestbird. He performed with artists such as Beck and met Paul McCartney. He plays piano, organ, flute in addition to his mainstay of writing songs.
The band Priestbird was formed by mutual associations of friends. One reviewer described Rogove in Priestbird as anchoring a "welcome foray into sludgy, feedback-heavy noise-rock" after a performance in 2009. A second reviewer found the songs to be "trippy" and were more "epic, heavy, and hypnotic."
During these years he became friends with musician Devendra Banhart, and they collaborated on songs and toured together. According to one account, Rogove and Banhart started their association on the project Megapuss "as a joke" but ended up writing numerous songs together, and the project gelled into a band and an album. The band was "built for laughs" and emphasized "fun", and Banhart and Rogove had promotional pictures featuring the two men "standing stark naked". A reviewer later asked: "Have you found yourself talking about your genitals a lot?" and Rogove said it had been a "prescribed aesthetic decision" in which "everyone is very well represented." The album Surfing was recorded in a cabin near Los Angeles and released in 2008. One report was that the words Mega puss translated from Swedish to English means Mega kiss or big kiss.
Reviews have varied from positive to mixed. One reviewer described the Megapuss album entitled Surfing as something that "sounds like a freak pop version of the Doors" and with a video that was entertaining as "heck" and might have been "something the Monkees might have come up with after not showering for several weeks ... and taking lots of drugs." Another wrote that it was not fruitful to search for levels of meaning in the song Chicken Titz but to "just listen and laugh," and described the song Crop Circle Jerk 94 as "warm and sunny." The reviewer described Theme from Hollywood as having a catchy melody but criticized the "meowing breakdown" at the end of the song. A third reviewer described the album as "obnoxious."
In 2011, Rogove lives in Los Angeles.
To the Love WithinGregory Rogove Wikipedia
Crop Circle Jerk '94
Adam & Steve
Duck People Duck Man
Sound + Vision
A Gun on His Hip and a Rose on His Chest
Theme From Hollywood