A Rotterdam November is a touring indie rock band that calls Boise, Idaho home some of the time.
The band consists of 4 members:
David McCormick - Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Dylan Anitok - Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals
Phil Stender - Bass
Joshua Krohn - Drums
If you ever catch a live performance (and you should), you won’t come away pondering guitar spins or cogitating choreography. What will captivate you; however, is the convergence and intensity of the collective musical experience. One critic had this to say, “...fans have...stuck with them...what got these fans hooked is the sounds of A Rotterdam November, an album chock full of rock ballads and edgy, yet radio friendly, power pop (Scott Fryberger).”
Stylistically, Scott went on to say, “...the music you get on A Rotterdam November is almost like a rock-infused combination of Hillsong and the Goo Goo Dolls, with the vocals being a mix of Falling Up's Jessy Ribordy, Shawn McDonald and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Other critics say the vocals are more a mix of Trapt and Acceptance. We’ll leave the final conclusion to you.
What’s up with the name? Well, Rotterdam is a city in the Netherlands where the downtown was destroyed by bombing during WWII. At that time, Rotterdam was nicknamed, “the city without a heart.” However, the citizens rallied to replace the destruction with a new downtown and the city was reborn with a new “heart.” Metaphorically speaking, Rotterdam became an old city with a new heart. Translating this analogy to the human experience is at the core of the band.
Of course, that core is Christ and His desire to be intimately involved in every aspect of our lives. Now, that brings up the question, "Are you a Christian band, or Christians in a band?" A question that gets asked often. Our response is, "If a person is a Christian, the purpose, meaning, and values of their faith should permeate every thing they do." So you decide, but regardless of your conclusion, connecting with fans and building relationships with this purpose in mind is a high priority for A Rotterdam November.