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INTERVIEW: Bleached Roses

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! We’ve been great! Busy and excited for everything we have going on in the Fall!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Can’t Catch Me Now”?

Lexi: Can’t Catch Me Now is our summer pop song. We wanted to write something light and fun you could dance to. It was a song I had been working on but really wasn’t feeling the lyrics and was getting ready to scrap it. That same day I received an email from Mo with some lyrics she had written that she needed to put songs together for. This is a foreign idea as I have loads of instrumentals I struggle to put lyrics to. I skimmed through her songs and came across the lyrics to Can’t Catch Me Now. I picked up the guitar and started singing her lyrics to my song and it worked beautifully.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Mo: “Can’t Catch Me Now” wasn’t inspired by one event in particular but by just reflecting back on past relationships. Both friendships that have for whatever reason outgrown each other as well as romantic relationships that end up being unhealthy, and finding that strength inside to decide that you have it in you to make peace with it, move on and not hide from the past but accept it for what it was. You can move forward from your past no matter what it may be and grow, keep your head up, and not hide from it because it’s essentially made you who you are today.  It’s meant to be a positive message everyone should keep in mind; Keep your head up and keep pushing forward.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Lexi: Yes, we have a video in the works. It actually started as an idea for a lyric video, but I tend to overthink and overplan and when we sat down to talk about my video ideas we realized, ‘Huh. This would actually make a great video period.’ So look out for that in the next month!

The single comes off your new album Blooms – what’s the story behind the title?

Mo: The title Blooms symbolizes new beginnings. Flowers grow petals, shed those petals and grow new blooms in an endless cycle. For the band, we explored new techniques in writing both lyrically and musically with this EP, it’s a new bloom from Bleached Roses. New experiences and new beginnings.

How was the recording and writing process?

Lexi: Each song was written uniquely. ‘Cloud 9’ for example blossomed out of a piano part Jacob, our drummer, brought to a rehearsal and we later added some of Mo’s lyrics to. Brighter Days was a guitar riff Mo had that I looped strings and added lyrics to. We all wear various hats in the writing process which helps keep our music from all sounding the same.

Mo: Recording was also a unique experience. We recorded all around Austin with Lindsey Kappa who has a remote studio to try to find the best sounds. This allowed us to find an area big enough to record a live quartet and really experience different moods and ideas depending on the recording space we were in. We’re really happy with the results!

What role does Austin play in your music?

Mo: The Austin music scene has so many talented artists and bands that for me, it just inspires me to work harder and push the limits of our music. It’s a pretty competitive landscape, which is fun, but has lots of challenges for a band trying to earn its keep. Austin is known around the world for putting out great music so it’s, in my opinion, a great place to be if you really want to see what limits you can push your band to creatively. You really have to earn your spot and earn respect in the community and I love that.

How do you get to balance your classical background with the much modern one?

Lexi: I’ve had to learn when to hold back. I’m learning that just because I can play something, doesn’t always mean I should. I think a classical listener’s ear is very different from let’s say, a 21 year old listening to our band play at a bar. It can be easy to exhaust a listener’s ear. That being said, I still find ways to challenge myself whether it’s via complex loops or singing while playing.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Lexi: The inspiration for me comes mostly from my experiences and relationships. I was full of angst while writing our first album ‘Sweet Desire’ and wrote it in our music. Luckily, I’ve found my peace and feel a lot happier now, which was initially a struggle when writing this new music. But as an artist I tend to feel too much, so I’m able to put myself back in a moment to write about it or write about what I see around me.

Any plans to hit the road?

Lexi: We can’t wait to hit the road! We’ll be playing some of cities we visited on our last tour (Texas and Louisiana) and then hitting the road harder for a West Coast summer tour.

What else is happening next in Bleached Roses’ world?

Mo: Writing, writing, writing. In the next few months the band will be pulling together ideas for the next EP. We already have some ideas floating around so it’s going to be exciting to see what we come up with. We’re about to release Blooms, but you can’t get rid of us that easily haha! We’ll be hitting everyone with even more new music after that.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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