Doug Rausch the founder of the band Rausch joins me on Revelator #239 to talk about the band’s latest album titled “BOOK II. On this episode you’ll hear the first single off the album titled “Greener Grass”.
Doug is a classily trained pianist with an Ithaca College music degree. Doug has been able to blend this style into a riveting blend of rock and sonic landscapes.
The single is a great lead into a diverse and complex album that by his omission is a slow burn and requires a few listens to really capture the magnitude of the album.
On February 2nd, RAUSCH released their second full-length album BOOK II. Heavy-hitting contributions come from the likes of Mark Zonder (Fates Warning), Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard), and second Shadow Gallery mainstay, guitarist Brendt Allman. Picking up where the debut left off, it remains painfully vulnerable & autobiographical of the band's trials & tribulations along the way. Things are "even more deep and dark" this time, observes the returning Rich Mouser who (along with Bumblefoot) applauds the "Queen-on-steroids" diversity running throughout. Lead-off single "Greener Grass" is adventurous and catchy; "Irked" at times ﬂirts with jazz; "The End" is a nearly 10-minute atmospheric musical tapestry picking right up where Pink Floyd left off; the head-splitting "Speechless" shows the band clashing with Metallica-sized demons; and joining "Good Day" is 2nd Ivory-produced track "Swansong" which, by notable contrast, offers a glimpse of something completely unexplored up until now: optimism.