As a Dutchman the name of this band caught my attention. It seems that the name comes from the bombing of the Dutch city of Rotterdam by the Germans in World War 2. During that bombing the whole centre of the city was destroyed. After this terrible event the people of Rotterdam gathered to rebuild the town and they succeeded. Rotterdam was then metaphorically speaking an old city with a new heart. The band used this analogy for the experience of becoming a Christian. In that experience God changes the heart of man and gives him a new heart. So the old heart is replaced by a new heart. Thought-provoking stuff, this name.
Well now to the music. The band is influenced by many modern rock and powerpop bands. Bands like Anberlin, Acceptance, High Flight Society and Sixteen Cities come to mind. Leadsinger David McCormick is an excellent singer and musically the band stands its ground. The album has some great songs like “Anemone”, “Love is”, “Three words” and “I’m not going anywhere without You”.
In conclusion i recommend you rockers to get and pick up this album and seek for your personal favourite songs yourself. Great album.
I first saw A Rotterdam November in March 2010. I picked up their first CD at that show. What amazed me is that this band is not signed to a major label.
I have been a huge fan ever since. They have gone through some lineup changes since the first CD came out, but the music has developed. Currently, A Rotterdam November is finishing up a mini-tour with Everyday Sunday on the west coast of the USA.
I recommend getting on their website, checking out their music, and strongly consider following this band. Solid lyrics, powerful vocals, and superb musicianship.