Innovative NYC rocker DES ROCS shares his TOP TEN favourite songs

Innovative NYC rocker DES ROCS shares his TOP TEN favourite songs
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Today, the unorthodox and innovative rocker Des Rocs releases his highly anticipated debut album ‘A Real Good Person In A Real Bad Place’. Ahead of the release, Des sat down with XS Noize to share his TOP TEN FAVOURITE SONGS. I’m sure you will agree it’s a diverse selection of classic songs. Listen BELOW:

Nirvana – Breed

This energy of this introduction, the build, the sonic image – it is perfection.

Prince – Take Me With U

There’s a sort of magic & dissonance to this song that transports me to another universe.

Edith Piaf – Dans le Prisons de Nantes

A haunting push & pull of emotion. This is literally like Donda.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

As a kid, I remember hearing this and just being blown away by the darkness and raw bombast of it all.

Bruce Springsteen – Land of Hope and Dreams

A beautiful story told through a kinda fairy-tale lens of optimism. Resonates with me immensely.

Tina Turner – Better be Good to Me

The live version of this one especially gets me every time they build and build and build.

Barbara Streisand – Make it Like a Memory

IMO this is one of the most underrated songs of all time. It’s basically Babs’ Bohemian Rhapsody.

Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole

An iconic record that embodies everything I love about this era, where the chorus feels like this massive scream of relief,

Kanye West – I am a God

A song that is still ahead of its time today.

Queen – Staying Power

One of Queen’s kinda experimental records. Live, they totally flipped it, and that version is soo technical and fun.

All of the above artists embody a fierce sense of individuality. They are intensely emotional and defined by intangible energy that resounds through the decades. These artists were not constrained by the narrow boundaries of their times or the expectations of others.

These artists are unapologetically themselves, and their music is both artistic and unquestionably massive in scope. They defied trends and scenes to pioneer new musical synergies that spoke to who they were as human beings, artists and entertainers. – Des Rocs

Now listen to ‘A Real Good Person In A Real Bad Place’ – BELOW:

His upcoming tour, DES ROCS ALIVE, will hit 20+ iconic venues around the country, such as The Troubadour in Los Angeles, The Turf Club in St. Paul and a hometown album release show on November 4 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Des will also be performing at Firefly Music Festival on September 25 in Dover, DE, featuring Billie Eilish, Tame Impala and Lizzo, and at the sold-out Aftershock Festival on October 8 alongside Metallica, Rancid, and more. Find a complete list of tour dates below and purchase tickets at

‘A Real Good Person In A Real Bad Place’ follows the release of three EPs, which have racked up more than 150 million streams, and shows supporting The Rolling Stones, Muse, Grandson, and many more. The title track to Des Rocs’ most recent EP ‘This Is Our Life’, has been streamed 6M+ times and hit Top 20 at Active Rock radio and Top 40 at Alternative radio.

Tour Dates:
September 25 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
September 28 – Detroit, MI @ El Club*
September 30 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement*
October 1 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen*
October 2 – St. Paul, MI @ Turf Club*
October 5 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
October 10 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern*
October 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
October 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop*
October 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour*
October 16 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar*
October 19 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s*
October 20 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links*
October 21 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group*
October 23 – Nashville, TN @ The End*
October 25 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom*
October 26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27*
October 27 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
November 2 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East (upstairs)*
November 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*
November 4 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*

* – with special guests The Velveteers

Xsnoize Author
Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast.Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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