LaVendore Rogue (pronounced LAV, as in ‘toilet’, END, as in ‘not the beginning’, ORE, as in ‘iron’)
Nobody knows what LaVendore Rogue means, but what is clear is that LaVendore Rogue is one of the most exciting bands to emerge on the UK Roots scene for many years.
The band consists of three ex-Hokie Joint members; JoJo Burgess on vocals, three-time British Blues Award nominee, Hofner Guitars and Rotosound Strings endorsee Joel Fisk and British Blues Award winning drummer Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore, as well as Rob “Tank” Barry on bass and Warren Lynn on keyboards.
Having recently released their debut album, “Light Up With LaVendore Rogue’, they have already been causing quite a stir with international sales and airplay. From their initial inception, this brand new quintet of experienced, road-hardened musicians are ready to hit you with their fiery blend of in-your-face, bourbon-soaked, cross-genre Roots and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
LaVendore Rogue are: JoJo Burgess (Vocals), Joel Fisk (Guitar, Vocals), Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore (Drums), Rob “Tank” Barry (Bass), Warren Lynn (Keys). The principle songwriters, JoJo Burgess and Joel Fisk, first met in 2003 on the day they both left home to start new lives in Britain’s oldest town; Colchester.
On the day they both moved into a mouldy house share, it is unlikely that they would have expected, 10 years on, to have both quit the music degrees that brought them together to pursue a shared musical ideology and vision. A journey which has seen them hone their craft in several unfit-for-human-consumption house shares, write and record three and a half albums together and tour throughout mainland Europe.
The Jekyll and Hyde-esque onstage personas of Burgess and Fisk might suggest the two are very different characters. Having created a close brotherhood through their shared passion for Delta Blues, Rock n Roll and Americana, they both share the same skepticism toward life, as well as tastes in cheap rolling tobacco, red wine and bourbon.
Following three years working together as a duo and in their first band, JellyRoll, in 2008 they formed Hokie Joint with Stephen ‘Cupsey’ Cutmore, who they met through a musician-for-hire website. Introducing the pair to seasoned professionals Fergie Fulton and Giles King, Hokie Joint made a marked impression on the UK and European Blues scenes. The band went on to perform with the likes of ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, Moby, Jamie Cullum and Booker T among others.
Members of the band received multiple awards nominations between 2008 and 2012. Highlights include Stephen Cutmore’s victory as “Drummer of the Year” in the British Blues Awards, as well as the band winning “Best Dressed Act” in Bronte Blues Club’s awards.
In 2013, Hokie Joint has been mutually disbanded, having reached its peak and due to the Burgess and Fisk’s longing to reach beyond their Blues influences. To fill the void in the down time between Hokie Joint and LaVendore Rogue, Joel took Cupsey and Rob on the road with his Blues outfit, Joel Fisk & The Breakdown.
“What’s The Meaning Of LaVendore Rogue” was released in late 2013, with supporting video for “Gangsters, Thieves & Villains”.
You can see LaVendore Rogue on Saturday at The Wheelhouse