The Wow Signal

by Rough Church

supported by
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Your physical CD copy of "The Wow Signal" by Rough Church. 4WD, AC, power steering, power brakes, stops a bullet at 6 inches. Best for those in need.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Wow Signal via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days

      $5 USD or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $6 USD  or more


  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 7 Rough Church releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Song For Moms, Queen's Sacrifice, Friction/Reflection, 46 Missed Calls/Live at KPFK, Aloha Mijos, Nude Canon, and The Wow Signal. , and , .

    Excludes subscriber-only releases.

      $28.60 USD or more (35% OFF)




*** The Wow Signal... and what does it mean? ***

“The Wow Signal” occurred when the S. E. T. I. people were listening to space, On Aug. 16th 1977. They really did hear a alien transmission then, and alas, not since. It really intrigued me... Was it just a coincidence that Elvis died that day? Weird? To say the least... Did he get on the “transport” ship? ... We may never know...

Some say it is decoded to mean “be nice to cows.” It sounds modern enough to me. If we adhere to this, then it is predicted, that the well-treated cows will then somehow ward off our destruction by jamming the alien transmitters on December blah blah blah 2012.

Let’s entertain the idea that the Vogons don’t see the point of us, and they think we kinda suck, and that we are self-destructive. Then removing this tiny little blue eyesore in the middle of vast space forever, brings them absolutely no remorse. It’s a kind of interplanetary eminent domain kind of thing if you will, very Doug Adams kinda stuff...

Then let’s also say that some earth based humans escaped the planet’s demise, and they made it to the future. They have sent back to us this warning to decode. “The Wow Signal” RU With me? Musician’s maybe? Right? Sun Ra in there? Notes and tones? A warning?

“The Wow Signal” could be telling us is that if we don’t act together to end conflict, suffering and imbalance altogether, then our end really is near. Or at the very least we create more worry, discomfort, imbalance, and pain for ourselves, Times a thousand.


Rough Church presents “The Wow Signal,” in the spirit of great contemplation and humility. We really don’t know what it means, but while trying to decode it, we point out life’s little joys, conflicts and heartaches in our songs. Maybe we help a little in this task. We think that If we are living in an interdependent, and in a globalized, or even intergalactic context, why can’t we do a whole lot better?

The human race is a proud but weary bunch. We have wisdom, but sometimes we seem not smart enough to listen and follow it. We have ancient traditions, stories and songs, and culture. Yet conflict remains. We seem to live in this modern world as terrestrial beings without recognizing ourselves as interplanetary space creatures, spinning around with all these beautiful life forms that inhabit our planet with us, and that we are all one.

We can get beyond our tribal ways, and our self destructive fear.

Maybe “The Wow Signal” is just a reminder.

This is our own audio sound capsule to send out to deepest space...

An answer back to them.


released August 26, 2011


*** First of all ***
Jef – bass, percussion !
5-Track – guitars, keyboards, toys ^
Greg – vocals, guitars %
Jon – drums, guitar, background vocals $

Here are the people who played voices or instruments on this thing...

Greg Franco
Jef Hogan Buffa
Jon Franco
Andrew Bush
Probyn Gregory
Jennifer Ng
Bill Mason
Mark Mastopietro
Christine Franco
Volita and Moss Bioletti
Jym “The Snake” Fahey
Cat Cantu
Andy Sykora

Thanks... Greg... July 2011: Rose Ann Hall, Michelle Davis-Franco, Christine Long, Andrew Bush, 5 and Z., Rene Travis, Tracy Hill, Volita and Moss B., Cat Cantu, Andy Sykora, Jym “The Snake” Fahey, and the lovely Mark Mastopietro.

All songs written by the band published by Sofahablando publishing (ASCAP) and Songs of Sofahablando (BMI) except “Goodbye to Greg” recorded by Chris Knox, Produced by Andrew Bush and Greg Franco | Recorded and Mixed by Andrew Bush at Grandma’s Warehouse 11/2009 to 01/2011 | Mastered at Lurssen mastering in Hollywood by Gavin Lurssen. Special shout out to 5-Track for joining in on this project. Without him... forget it...It just wouldn’t have been this good, so thanks again, hopefully this is the start of a long and very productive relationship, we welcome him to the band.

Photography by Christina Long / Long Studios / | Design by Rachel Gutek /

Produced by Andrew Bush and Greg Franco
All songs recorded and mixed at Grandma’s Warehouse, Echo Park, CA.



all rights reserved


Rough Church Los Angeles, California

Rough Church was conceived after the demise of Ferdinand, the band that existed from 1994-2003. Baseball, Concrete, rare steamy rain, tumbleweeds and lost poems about dirty chimneys are what influence this band. It spits out indie pop classic jams that get us compared to everything from Minutemen, Pixies, Broken Social Scene, WAR and Grand Funk. Deal with it! We can't get away from it. ... more

contact / help

Contact Rough Church

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns