Known professionally as The Dorons, the Rosenfield family is a four-piece band made up of seasoned pros and formally trained musicians specializing in thought-provoking Indie rock. The Providence, Rhode Island-based quartet features a mom, a dad, and two brothers.
The Dorons initially formed back in 2017 when older brother Aryeh recruited his family to play with him for his senior recital to complete his music major. Mom and dad had retired as performing musicians, previously vets of the ’80s and ’90s Boston alt-rock scene. Younger brother Yosef had only been playing guitar for three years. Nonetheless, the band played a daunting multi-album-themed set covering iconic releases by the Clash, the Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix. “It took a lot of chutzpah to replicate those artists,” Norman quips, lead guitarist and dad.
The Dorons just released their debut album, The Doronic Verses. The 11 song collection of carefully crafted contemporary rock is shaded with a singer-songwriter intimacy, country flourishes, and blues-rock urgency. The songs carry a theme of life’s experiences. “This New Poison,” written by drummer and mom Janice, invites the listener to examine the cracks in our approach to life. It was inspired by a song Janice heard that had a cavalier attitude towards life but also judged people who chose a path different than the songwriter.
Janice also wrote “Not the Usual Fire,” a song inspired by her autistic brother and how medical professionals at the time this was written didn’t understand the condition fully. “He was a beautiful soul and loved music, and he ended up being institutionalized,” Janice says.
“Honey from the Hive” is a story of one woman’s morals and how they change with experiences and time. “Little by little she has allowed herself to loosen the protective moorings that had been keeping her actions and her value system intact and anchored to one another, until she is horrified to find herself well into ‘enemy territory,'” shares Janice. “She was not a captive victim, but a willing passenger on a vessel she helped navigate! When she finally awakens and recognizes just how costly the ticket for her “pleasure cruise” is proving to be, she jumps ship, taking responsibility for her part in the fiasco, and admonishes her partner in crime to do the same.”
Up next, The Dorons will be recording and performing more, if Norman has any say in the matter. “I know I won’t have to twist arms too hard to do some summer performances and go back in the studio,” he says with a good-natured laugh. Yosef, for one, won’t need too much convincing. “The studio for me was the most meaningful part of the experience. We were all in sync, and that element of communal flow just felt euphoric,” Yosef marvels. “I’m excited to do more!”