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INTERVIEW: ROSEN

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

Thanks! We’ve been incredibly busy, which is always preferable to being bored!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Riot”?

Our guitarist Matt Ress came up with a brilliant riff inspired by Rage Against the Machine and Korn, and the lyrics for the song are written from the perspective of an activist from the far-left group Antifa.

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

The 2017 riots against free speech at the university UC Berkeley in California, US. The university has a history of being the home of free speech, so it was particularly interesting how political activists would campaign against that very same value.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The video will be released on March 16th along with the single. It’ll feature us dressed up as Antifa activists, complete with balaclavas and molotov cocktails.

How was the recording and writing process?

Matt Ress sent over the rough draft of the instrumental, I [Frhetoric] wrote the lyrics, then the rest of the band worked their magic to make it even more powerful.

How does all your cultural background influence the band?

The boring truth, I’m afraid, is that it doesn’t have a huge influence. Our individual personalities, taste in music and creative input is what makes Rosen what it is: a fun and interesting project.

How has Rage Against The Machine and Cypress Hill influenced your music?

For some reason, rap/rock has a bad rep. But because both genres tend to be politically charged and channel dark emotions, they’re fit together very naturally. Rage Against the Machine is a great example of that. Cypress Hill’s rock infused phase also showed how even their stoner/gangsta style could be enhanced with some heavy guitars. Body Count is another example.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – if so, how’s that coming along?

Our debut EP is done and dusted, we’re just busy arranging a launch party for it, so expect it over the next few months. In the meantime, we’ll be busy working on either an album or several EPs.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The title will either be self-titled or most likely High Tech Low Life, after our first single. Expect the release early summer.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve loads of shows coming up (see http://www.rosenofficial.com for details) and are planning a tour of the UK and Poland.

What else is happening next in ROSEN’s world?

Merchandise is on the way (USBs, CDs, t-shirts, stickers), we’ve got two videos for our next singles to shoot and edit, we’re planning an EP release party, there’s be a short mockumentary style video to accompany it, we’re looking for a decent tour van, collaborating with other bands… the list goes on!

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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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