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INTERVIEW: Typhoid Rose

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

Well you know we have a record out now! I’m good, I’ve been hustling and doing everything I can to make sure that people hear our music. I’ve also been putting my body through a lot lately. I’ve been juice fasting, and extreme trampolining. I joined this gym called Brooklyn Zoo where stuntmen, ninja warriors, circus people, olympians, and break dancers all train in the same room. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had exercising. Although I think all of this cleansing my body and doing back flips has churned up a lot inside of me. Now more than ever, it’s really important for me to LIVE like never before.

Can you talk to us more about your single “Hearts Bleed Goodbye”?

Hearts Bleed Goodbye is the title track off our recently released full length album. The album is all about love and love lost. I’m really proud of how great Hearts Bleed Goodbye turned out. I’m so happy that I’ve made something so worthy of your ears. I’m so honored to leave this incredibly beautiful work behind as a testament to love.

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

Hearts Bleed Goodbye is about the crippling loss I experienced in the months following my Mother’s death. She died in a very tragic way. I wasn’t prepared to lose her that day. She died leaving my Grandmother’s wake. It was hard enough losing my Grandmother, but my Grandmother was old. She wanted out of this life. She wanted to go and be with my Grandfather on the other side. It was sad to me that my Grandmother couldn’t find a will to live. But my Mother was so full of life. She had so much to live for, and I needed her. I wasn’t ready, and I didn’t get to say goodbye to the woman I loved more than anything… So that’s what Hearts Bleed Goodbye is about – losing my Mother. But, I want to be clear that even in suffering, love is beautiful. I don’t know how we did it but we made a lovely song about death that doesn’t depress everyone.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We might do a more fun video for our other single “Baby I Want You first.” I think Fall will be a good time to make a Hearts Bleed Goodbye video.

Why did you name the album after this track in particular?

I named it Hearts Bleed Goodbye because in the most poetic way, that is how I felt for such a long period of time. I had this surreal moment where my entire life stopped: “See the streets – they’re bustling with life, but inside I feel paralyzed, because my Heart – it bleeds goodbye.” You really don’t realize how much you love someone until they’re gone. It really is love that will carry you through your suffering. I realized that the people I love were always such a great part of who I am, but I never thought about it because I’d always expect to see them next time. But when there is no next time, you have to believe and have faith that love is more powerful than death. And somewhere, something new is beginning, and one day hopefully we’ll see each other again.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well, I write all of lyrical melodies by myself. Usually our songs are written around the vocal melody. Sometimes all I have is just an idea, but the second I bring it to my band is a moment that it comes to life. You find out quickly which ones were meant to be. I also am lucky because my husband / drummer and I write a lot of songs together without even leaving the house. For me the writing part is easy, and I LOVE when I know that I have a song with hook. But when the songs are flushed out with the band, that’s where the song learns to walk, and run. Playing music with such a talented band is never just a casual thing for me, it’s a huge deal to me, because I get to make music with Phil Wartell, Matt Kursmark, Chris Potter, Steve Capecci, and Leah Farmer. But when you make the record in the studio: That’s the best part for a band, because that is where you go so that your work will live forever.Then there’s also the very tedious post production mixing process which is not as glamorous. Our drummer does most of that. He is an incredible producer. We also have a magical bond with our sound engineer Jimmy Sweet sounds. The two of them easily spent months making sure the songs sound incredible. They added so many parts in post that made these songs great like the piano in Better To Know Now. So much organ and piano was written on Hearts Bleed Goodbye in post that we ended up having to get a keyboard player for our live shows so that we’ll sound like our record. I am so lucky to these two brilliant men spent so much time making sure Hearts Bleed Goodbye was really a masterpiece.

How does death influence the lyrics on this record?

Since, I was so touched by death in the last few years, it would only be right that I write a few songs about it. Death is interesting to me. First of all, I love cemeteries, I find them to be peaceful, and I like to learn about those who have come before me. I find that the closer I get to death, the more my will to live grows. One of my favorite quotes is “If you’re afraid to die, you better not be afraid to live.” I have a few songs on this record that relate to death, but my favorite is Till We Meet Again. I wrote this song because my Mother and I didn’t have a verbal goodbye, so I wrote this one: “I’ve got to go my baby, like those who’ve gone before me. I’ll make a place for us… It’s my time – my baby – so the wagon’s come to take me. It is my destiny to go. Everyone you ever loved will disappear – swallowed by the Earth like they were never here – All the songs of the mortals and all their tears – Until we meet again…” Nobody knows where the soul goes when it leaves the body, but I have faith that I will see my Mother again, and until that day, I’m really going to live my life. I’d say 1/2 of the songs are just as much about life. Run Along is a good tune about living. It’s a good way to say “ I’m going to live my way whether you like it or not”. I think we all need to think about these things, because life is very deceptive, we think we have forever, but we don’t. And we have so many people telling us what we should be doing with our lives, but I’ve always been able to listen to my heart, and some people honestly will hate you for it.

What role does feminism play in your music?

There’s three feminist songs on our new record: Walk Of Shame, Baby I Want You, and Better To Know Now. For example, I wrote Walk of Shame because I believe that we are living in a disposable age where human beings are treated like garbage. There is a societal lack of respect for life in general, along with a disposable attitude: You see it in shootings, in the way we treat this planet, in the ways we do nothing when species disappear, and in the ways we treat women. It bothers me deeply to see how women are undervalued in society, and how they can also be treated like human pieces of trash. This bothers me deeply, but not that, it also bothers me when you can see a beautiful woman’s self-worth damaged and shaped by outside forces.

Walk of Shame is about a girl who’s just shared her body with a creep, only to be thrown out and forced to have a very reflective walk home alone. A gentleman would have a decency to walk a girl home after a night of romance, but this girl finds out the hard way that she can’t go slumming with a guitar player who also happens to be a selfish lover: “Listen little girl don’t sell yourself short, so you open like a flower, to feed a vulture, it’s okay little girl we’ve all been slumming – Just remember how you feel and never do it again. Walking – Baby – This Girl Walks Alone Tonight.” My songs and messages are always a direct message to girls and women to tell them to be in control of their own bodies, and to be smart, because not every person out there has their best interests at heart.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have some shows coming up. We’re playing at Bowery Electric on May 19th with Of Clocks and Clouds, Big Bitch and Clayton Ellis. Our band really wants to tour Europe this summer! But if you’d like to know about our shows the best thing to do is follow us on website, our Twitter, and our Facebook page.

What else is happening next in Typhoid Rosie’s world?

Well tonight, I’ve got band practice, and we’re already writing our next round of songs for the next record! and I’m so excited for our record Hearts Bleed Goodbye to be out there now. I hope that a great number of people hear and enjoy this record. Please listen to our music, and share it! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so you can follow us in all our glory, plus we’re always so grateful to meet our fans! Come say hi to us at shows!

About RJ Frometa

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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