Fast flying UK crossover crew ROSEN continue their release with the release of their self-titled new EP, which arrives on Friday 27th July. Before then, we asked for a unique and exclusive track by track insight to the record:
“Since our musical backgrounds are in rock, metal, classical, electronic and hip-hop music, the end result pretty much had to be nu metal. Solid rap/rock has been sorely missed from the music scene, and the world is in political turmoil, so we felt like the timing for this record couldn’t have been better.
Sticks & Stones:
Switching between synth-heavy melodies and bouncing riffs, Sticks & Stones references the old nursery rhyme of the same name. The lyrics are a commentary on the outrage and censorship culture at universities, where young people retreat into “safe spaces” and require “trigger warnings” to protect their feelings.
High Tech Low Life:
With a nod to Cypress Hill’s rock phase, High Tech Low Life was out first single and is the most hip-hoppy song on the EP. The song is about how we have all this amazing information technology available to us, and yet remain as ignorant as ever while we feed our narcissism through social media. Check out the video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChzQHXYNCj8.
Influenced by the trap genre, Pushing Raw (which is US slang for dealing drugs) is about how hip-hop lyrics no longer makes references to history and science (like for example Wu-Tang Clan and Talib Kweli) and mostly focuses on drugs like codeine and xanax (like Lil Pump and Lil Xan).
Hallelujah was the first song we wrote as a band, and has musically undergone the most changes before we ended up with the final combination of church harpsichords, ambient synths and heavy riffs. The lyrics aren’t about Christianity specifically, but more about how ideologies in general won’t save us.
The calmest song on the record, Reverie combines smooth riffs and keys with crooning about the soul-crushing experience of working a dead-end job when you’d rather be doing something creative and fulfilling. Hopefully it’s something a lot of musicians can relate to. We created a video for the track, here – https://youtu.be/nduuxG43V-M
Where Sticks & Stones warned about censorship and outrage at the beginning of the EP, Riot describes what it leads to. Inspired by Rage Against the Machine, this is the most metal song on the record, and creates a perfect backdrop for lyrics written from the perspective of rioters. Watch the video for the song, here – https://youtu.be/HQFs0YpFims.”