“Votolato teases whole worlds out of his beautifully understated lyrics. Think Elliot Smith, only more hopeful and with a grittier voice.”
– Marie Claire – “10 Best To Do
Rocky was raised near Dallas, until the age of 13. After his parents were divorced, his mother remarried and moved the family to the Seattle area. Alienated by his southern roots, the isolation led him to focus all of his attention on learning to play guitar and writing songs. Inspired by seeing many punk shows including bands like Jawbreaker and Fugazi, he started several different musical projects while in high school.
Rocky will be playing his entire 2003 album "Suicide Medicine" as part of a living room tour across the US. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie, and is a dark and beautiful album.
In this KEXP session video he discusses playing for intimate groups and his enthusiasm is evident.