Band Bio

 The Rogue Electrics are an independent alternative blues-rock band and recording artist based out of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our mission is to create a catalog of original music with a classic sound and put on quality live performances of those songs as a band. 

We are huge fans of old school rock music and we couldn't easily find local bands playing accessible original music influenced by all of the timeless rock music we love.  We took it upon ourselves to create that band that was missing for us in the scene as fans and we are fueled by hope and belief that we can connect with other music fans out there who are searching for the same thing.

The Rogue Electrics primary musical influences are heavily based in classic rock, alternative, and blues. The songs are structured like classic rock, the lyrics are written like alternative rock, and the instrumental sections are improvised using traditional blues based soloing techniques. When everything is put together you get a unique blues-rock sound that is reminiscent of the classics but re-imagined for today's rock fan. 

The Rogue Electrics band name was inspired by lead singer Kyle Rogahn's family and their electrician business. Kyle's Grandpa, Dad, and Uncles ran a family business called Rogahn Electric. Kyle was never exposed to learning the trade. The band name is a tribute to Kyle's dad and family who were the ones that turned him onto all of the classic rock music that influenced the band. Naming the band The Rogue Electrics was a way for Kyle to carry on his family’s legacy while serving to be a symbol of the blue collar type workmanship required to make a good independent band. The logo design is based on the font style from the Rogahn Electric work jackets that the family wore on the job.

 

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Recording

The Rogue Electrics have independently
produced and released two full length studio albums and 1 live album.

Performance

The band has 6+ years of regular performance experience in the greater Wisconsin area music scene headlining at many types of venues such as traditional clubs, breweries, beer gardens, bars, summer concert series, and music festivals. Notably, The Rogue Electrics played Summerfest in 2019. The band also opened for cover band Cherry Pie in 2023, proving that the original scene and the cover scene can co-exist. Rogue Electrics also headlined Amplified Artist Sessions in 2023 which is a showcase featuring top artists across the Midwest region. 

 Notable Recognition

Our lead guitar player Kyle Stair was
nominated for a WAMI award for “Best Guitarist". Songs from our album “Strangers of the Moment” achieved regular airplay on many Wisconsin radio programs, most notably, charting on Milwaukee’s WMSE 91.7 FM. Our song “Alive and Well” charted on a Radio Indie Alliance Top 10 list. 

Rogue News

Circuit Breakers Live Album to be released 6/21/2024 

BIG NEWS! Our live album "Circuit Breakers" is set to release on June 21st! 



This process started in 2021 when we started recording all of our live shows. It hasn't been easy. We were quickly humbled by the instant feedback we got from the recordings. It pushed us to make our live show better and this album is the result of that. It contains 11 of our favorite performances of some of our most popular songs recorded at our live shows over the last few years. We sifted through over 400 tracks and 1.5 days worth of audio to compile this album. 

The tracks we picked are very tight performances of our most well received songs that frequent our live setlists. These songs capture the 4 members of the band relating to each other in the moment to create a sound bigger than the sum of its parts. That being said, the performances are not “perfect”. We didn’t go into the studio and overdub any small mistakes or do any major editing whatsoever. We wanted people to be able to hear the humanity of real people giving their all to perform songs the best they can live. In a world where computers are taking over in music we want to inspire people to embrace the human element. The mistakes I mention are not anything that is dealbreaking to the track, but they are things that other musicians might obsess over and stop them from wanting to release it, or force them back into the studio to go make edits. We consciously did not do that. The performance you hear on this album is what came off the board on the day we played the track live for real people at a real venue.


The album title, Circuit Breakers, comes from our mindset that we created this band to offer the greater Wisconsin music scene something different. We started this band because we couldn't easily find local bands playing accessible original music influenced by all of the timeless rock music we love. We try to break the mold of what a rock band based in Wisconsin is by focusing on creating new music and performing live shows of primarily original music even when the scene tends to gravitate towards cover bands. We aren't here to just follow what everyone else is doing because it seems to be popular. We are here to break the circuit. We have endured endless headwinds over our history due to the lack of infrastructure and open minded-ness towards booking original bands at events where there are built-in crowds. Circuit Breakers is dedicated to all those who booked us, came to a show, told us they liked what we were doing, bought our records and merch, appreciated our music, and encouraged us to keep going. We hope you enjoy this album as much as we do. 


PS: It didn't hurt that we tripped a few actual circuit breakers at multiple venues during this run with all of our gear. THE POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL CAN NOT BE DENIED!
Summer shows in support of this release will be added to our shows page in the coming days. Stay tuned!

4th live record teaser out on Youtube - Uncharted Territory 

Check out the last teaser track from our upcoming live record to be released in 2024 on our Youtube channel. This version of Uncharted Territory showcases the band's improvisation skills during the middle section of the song. One of our favorite performances of this song from the 2021-2023 era of live shows. Enjoy!