A four-piece rock outfit from Chicago, IL, Dorsey blends folk-rock, rock ‘n’ roll and pop, and do it with a swagger all their own. Led by singer/songwriter John Rowland, the band has been playing live and recording since August of 2006. Joining up with P.J. Magdziarz (bass), Alex Tighe (keyboards/guitar), and John Blades (drums), Dorsey came to life in a small three-bedroom house in Tempe, Arizona.
Within three months of being together, the band was in the studio recording their first full-length album, The Long Goodbye. In the wake of it’s self-release, it landed them a spot on Absolute Punk’s “Absolute 100”, and led to countless gigs throughout the state of Arizona. This brought Dorsey to the attention of engineer/producer Bob Hoag (Dear and the Headlights, The Format, Limbeck, Joel Plaskett). With a helping hand from Mr. Hoag, they recorded their second full-length record at Flying Blanket Studios in January of 2008. It was after this that things started picking up for the band.
In the first six months of ’08, Dorsey played shows all throughout the state of Arizona to rave reviews. The shows included a spot on the main stage at the Tempe Music Festival with the likes of My Chemical Romance and Puddle of Mudd. No more than a month later, they were invited to play at McDowell Mountain Music Festival with The Wailers, Blues Traveler, and John Butler Trio. Proving they could hold their own in front of a vast assortment of people, the band realized the limitations of the Arizona music scene.
Thus, Dorsey set their sights for a city with a major music market, and set up shop in Chicago, IL. Open for business, the band has hit the ground running already playing shows at the Bottom Lounge with Dear and the Headlights, and making an appearance at the Elbo Room in just two short months. With another self-release of their latest record, The Skeleton Show, in the works, Dorsey is moving forward constantly with no plans of stopping. So keep your eyes and ears open for the sounds of a band with the ability to influence their peers and inspire their listeners.