Rose Chronicles

Rose Chronicles was a Canadian alternative rock band in the 1990s. The band, from Vancouver, consisted of vocalist Kristy Thirsk, guitarist Richard Maranda, bassist Judd Cochrane, and drummer Steve van der Woerd.[1]

Rose Chronicles
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1993 (1993)–1996 (1996)
Associated actsDelerium, Balligomingo, Sleepthief
Past membersKristy Thirsk
Richard Maranda
Judd Cochrane
Steve Van Der Woerd
Trevor Grant
Howard Redekopp
Gregory Hand

Their musical style merged elements of the shoegazing scene — they cited Curve as one of their key influences — with ethereal dream pop vocals in the style of Sarah McLachlan and the Cocteau Twins.


The band was first formed in 1992 by Maranda, Hand, and Van Der Woerd, with Thirsk and Cochrane joining soon afterward after responding to a classified advertisement in The Georgia Straight.[1] By the end of the year, after their third live show, they had signed to Nettwerk.[1][2]

The band released their debut EP, Dead and Gone to Heaven, in 1993.[3] Their debut full-length album, Shiver, was released in 1994 and scored a significant modern rock hit with "Awaiting Eternity". The band toured Canada as a supporting act for Toad the Wet Sprocket and Jesus Jones,[4] as a headlining act with openers Acid Test[4] and Treble Charger,[5] and at some Canadian dates on the Lollapalooza festival circuit.[6] Shiver went on to win a Juno Award in 1995 for Best Alternative Album.[1]

Thirsk subsequently contributed vocals to tracks on several of Delerium's albums from Semantic Spaces (1994) onwards.[7]

In 1996, Cochrane and van der Woerd had finished the followup to Shiver, but left the band amidst infighting and uncertainty about Nettwerk's intentions for the band. Maranda and Thirsk regrouped with drummer Trevor Grant and bassist Howard Redekopp to complete one new song, which was added to the forthcoming album. The follow-up album Happily Ever After was released in 1996,[8] but Thirsk and Maranda's partnership had dissolved prior to its release. The break-up announcement came after the album's release. The single "Voice in Jail" was moderately successful.

Their song "Dwelling", from Shiver, was included in the soundtrack to the 1996 film Foxfire.[9]

Thirsk went on to release her debut album as a solo artist, Souvenir, in 2004.[7]

Group membersEdit

  • Gregory Hand - Bass (1992-1993)
  • Kristy Thirsk - Vocals (1992–1997)
  • Richard Maranda - Guitar (1992–1997)
  • Judd Cochrane - Bass (1993–1996)
  • Steve Van Der Woerd - Drums (1992–1996)
  • Trevor Grant - Drums (1996–1997)
  • Howard Redekopp - Bass (1996–1997)


Year Title Label Type Notes
1993 Dead and Gone to Heaven Nettwerk E.P. -
1994 Shiver Nettwerk Studio Album Won the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album in 1994.
"Glide (Free Above)" Nettwerk CD Single -
Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young Sony Music Compilation Features Rose Chronicles performing a cover of Neil Young’s “Old Man”.
1995 Decadence: 10 Years of Nettwerk Nettwerk 5CD Compilation Features “Awaiting Eternity” and exclusive track “Heaven Tide (Demo)”.
1996 Happily Ever After Nettwerk Studio Album -


  1. ^ a b c d "You're not supposed to win: Rose Chronicles enjoying sweet smell of Junos". The Province, April 9, 1995.
  2. ^ Michael Barclay; Ian A. D. Jack; Jason Schneider (2011). Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press. pp. 737–. ISBN 978-1-55490-968-1.
  3. ^ "A smashing affair". The Province, October 8, 1993.
  4. ^ a b "Look". Victoria Times-Colonist, February 17, 1994.
  5. ^ "Distinctive young pop band won't give up independence". Ottawa Citizen, April 14, 1994.
  6. ^ "At long last, Lollapalooza!". The Gazette, June 11, 1994.
  7. ^ a b "Pop-rocker Kristy Thirsk launches first solo album". The Province, March 11, 2004.
  8. ^ "Rose Chronicles: Happily Ever After". By Stephen Thompson. Mar 29, 2002
  9. ^ "From stem to Stern, it's a who's-who of hard rock". The Province, March 13, 1997.

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