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The road to St. Eleanor's Park...
Rosemary's Sons was founded in the fall of 1998 by a group of teenage friends. The band released an independent cd, Misery Loves Company, and it got immediate attention from record label Warner Music. In 2001 Warner Music offered the band, that had become quite popular in the Breda-area, a record deal. Lead by producer Oscar Holleman (Krezip, Heideroosjes), they released their debut album All In Hand. The album features guest appearances by Ilse deLange & René van Barneveld (former Urban Dance Squad). All In Hand was well-received and quickly entered the Album Top 100. The first single, Fall From Grace, is released in August 2001 and became a modest hit. The next single Shine (featuring Ilse DeLange) was played often on national radio and TV, made it to the top position in the Cyber Top50 charts for 2 consecutive weeks and got to no.34 in the Mega Top 100. Halfway june the third single was released, Up all Night.
Rosemary's Sons found fresh energy in guitarist Maarten van Damme (former Abel) in 2002, while they were establishing an impressive live reputation. The band played big summer festivals like Paaspop, Bospop, Dauwpop en Lowlands. And also they were support for The Cranberries (Heineken Music Hall), Bush, De Dijk and Krezip and toured in most Dutch music clubs. All the hard work earned them an Essent Award and a Edison nomination for best new band of 2002.
In 2003 Rosemary's Sons played 16 venues as support for Ilse DeLange. This is where the band showed it's strength as a semi-acoustic act. Martijn Hagens (lead vocalist) left an astonishing impression in venues like De Nieuwe Luxor and Carré. In the meantime, the band started writing songs for the 2nd album, when in March of 2004, Warner Music announced that they had to terminate the record deals with local artists/bands (also Ilse de Lange, Krezip and Novastar). That caused a delay in the recording process. In the summer of 2004 the Sons and producer Oscar Holleman started the recording process though, and then they got the attention of V2 Records. This indie label released Rosemary's Sons' 2nd album in April 2005.
The result, St.Eleanor's Park is a tight and solid album on which Rosemary's Sons express a very professional sound. Rootsy roadsongs appear on the album, along with solid rock songs and now and then the band is flirting with jazz & glamrock. As support for Bryan Adams in Ahoy (September 2004) they already played some of the new songs
With a bunch of new songs in the can and a new musical partner, the band couldn't wait to get on the road again. The band kicked off with the cd release party on April 13 in Melkweg in Amsterdam.