Ed Cottrell (guitar, lead vocals), Scotty Willson (bass guitar, vocals) & Tom Fitzgerald (drums), collectively became known as Rhythm Subrosa on a cold evening, in an even colder garage during the peak of the icy Christchurch Winter of 2004. The band made the best use of their down-time by playing live gigs to large crowds of friends, who enjoyed the fresh flavours and originality of their songs. Before long, RSR had gigged around the Christchurch student scene, as well performing live at the Wunderbar, JetSet Lounge, Dux-de-Lux and at the Gardens in Dunedin. Just one year after fruition, RSR took first place in the inaugural UCSA Battle of the Bands competition by holding down their original mix of dub styles to an excited crowd of 600+, and in doing so, earned the rights to perform amongst other big names at the annual UCSA Tea Party.
By the beginning of 2006, RSR was ready to make their move to the next level and decided to re-locate the band to Wellington, the home of New Zealand Music. The list of original tunes continued to expand as the band continued to feed off crowd energy. During the year, RSR continued to travel south to play gigs in Christchurch as well as performing live at Bar Bodega & Ohakune. 2006 was also the year RSR landed its first big gig opportunity where it played alongside big name NZ musicians in the Annual Tourism New Zealand Sky City TRENZ Farewell Party.
With the addition of Rahu Vause on lead guitar/ percussion, 2007 promises to be a big opportunity for RSR to make its rightful mark on the New Zealand music scene. The band has just released its debut, self-titled EP with fresh tracks ‘Waiting and Watching,’ ‘Switch off that Mind,’ ‘Feeling Home’ as well as ‘Black Dub Edit,’ a re-take of an earlier classic.