“Fall To Earth is a song about finding yourself in conflict. Figuratively and literally,” says Rosborough. “A conflict which, had you the choice or wherewithal to realise its formation, you would never consciously let yourself engage in. But you are there, even though you can see its ridiculousness and the manipulation and misinformation that got you to this point.”
Growing up in a music-obsessed household in Derry – “at home music was like a religion, where David Bowie was Jesus and Bruce Springsteen was Moses. My parents never said ‘turn that down’, it was always ‘turn it up!’” – Glenn Rosborough first picked up an acoustic guitar aged 10, was writing songs at 11, and gigging at 12, being snuck through the back doors of pubs for open mic nights. His musical growth was fuelled by his love for anything “dark and subversive”, from Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and Tom Waits to The Mars Volta, Black Sabbath and Bjork. However, Rosborough was only ever interested in creating his own sound, music with an utterly transformative and vivid effect.
“Some songs make you feel like time has stopped, and some songs make you feel like you’ve been on a three year journey,” he says. “I love how it warps your perception.”
Now signed to Ignition Records, Rosborough has been lighting up the airwaves and charming the press since he released debut single ‘Burn Blue’ last October. Awarded Single Of The Fortnight by Hot Press magazine, ‘Burn Blue’ was described as “Jawdropping” by Daily Mirror (Ulster), who voted it their No.1 track of 2017 as did Ulster music website Chordblossom. Radio support came from every major Irish station and Rosborough was invited to perform at the prestigious Other Voices Festival in Dingle alongside artists including Loyle Carner and Django Django.
Rosborough opened 2018 with a headline Irish tour and supported Neon Waltz on their UK tour in March. Having performed at this year’s Sound City Festival and Neighbourhood Weekender, he’ll be appearing at a number of festivals over the summer including Kendal Calling, Y Not and Festival No.6.
26-29 July Kendal Calling Festival, Cumbria
Sun 29 July Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
Tue. 21 August The Button Factory, Dublin special guest of DMA’s
Fri. 10 August Stendhal Festival, Limavady,
Sun 12 August Boardmasters Festival, Cornwall
Sun 2 Sept. Bingley Music Live Festival, Yorkshire
6-9 September Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales