Many may read through the lovely Winehouse Mag and assume that my musical interest lies merely in jazz, soul, alt-pop and alt-rock. But my musical tastes are far more expansive than I often showcase on the blog: I was raised with my mom’s love of Pink Floyd, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Guns & Roses, and many others. So when the auburn haired rock star, Danielle McTaggart, strutted onto the stage at Tattoo, I was captivated the moment she opened her mouth and let out her first scorching note.
Seeing the Dear Rouge set was a happy accident, I hadn’t expected to be at Tattoo that night but was so glad I was.
Danielle has the kind of voice that has an 80’s ferocity we rarely hear anymore. I felt like I was seeing the millennial Pat Benatar (although Danielle is a future icon all her own). From Dear Rouge’s break out track, “Black to Gold,” to my favourite, “Wanna Wanna,” Danielle and Drew McTaggart (the other half of the duo), along with their band, kept me dancing and smiling and singing. And their band can play! I was exhausted after a long day running around, but still found myself, along with the row of strangers I sat beside, rocking in unison to the Dear Rouge groove. And when she brought out the tambourine, I was fan-girling out like this was the tenth concert I had seen of theirs. Black leather clad, a punk essence, and mega-watt smile, Danielle performed like a rock icon, not a rising star doing a 4-song CMW set: she has that “it” factor that you can not buy.
So, Dear Rouge are beasts, and will probably become a huge synth-rock Canadian export very soon. I suggest you check out their debut album, Black to Gold. And do not miss them if they perform live in your city. You’ll regret it if you do.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chaka V. is a writer, journalist and the creator of The Winehouse Mag.