Philadelphia post-hard core band Rosetta is justifiably proud of the fact that it has remained fully independent throughout its 14-year career to date, meaning that these guys don't have to answer to anybody but themselves and their fans. The sixth full-length album, Utopioid, came out this year, and it's a typically ferocious blast of hardcore punk blended with extreme metal. So what makes them tick? We spoke to the entire band prior to their Tucson show to find out the five albums that shaped them...
With North and Brass Tax at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, at The Flycatcher; 340, E. 6th St., Tucson; 520-207-9251; $10; 21+.
Cave-In:Jupiter-This album changed the definition of rock and roll for me. I love the drumming; it proved to be a huge influence on my style.
Stars of the Lid:The Tired Sounds of Stars of the LidWith this album, I learned you don't need lots of structure to convey lots of emotion.
Ink and Dagger:Drive This Seven Inch Wooden Stake Through My Philadelphia Heart-This came out in 1997, totally DIY, and I'd never heard nor seen anything like it. It was nasty without any bells and whistles, and pushed back against the sometimes pretentious, polished punk of the '90s.
Hum:You'd Prefer an Astronaut-I discovered Hum in 1997 thanks to a 411 Video Magazine skate VHS, and a few weeks later lucked upon this disc for $3 in a used cd shop. Dense guitar arrangements, monstrous drumming, thoughtful lyrics. Many imitators have followed (I'm among them) but none measure up.
Jeff Buckley:Grace-Blew my mind when I first heard it. Not only did he play these incredible guitar parts with ease but he sang at the same time. Throughout the album, you think he can't possibly hit a higher or more powerful note with his voice but time and time again he does it.