The New Roses plays their first UK show and The Carouser is there to grab a pint with the band and catch all the action.
The German rock band The New Roses play their first UK gig of the tour at The Fiddlers Elbow in London, on the 23rd of February. This hard rock band from the town of Rheingua has been making waves across the hard rock circuit with their previously released album Dead Man’s Voice. Bringing back the old sounds of AC/DC and Aerosmith, it was a show not to be missed.
Opening the night, the band Legacy of Sin lays out the ground with solid hard rock covers and are followed by the Bordello Rose- an alternative rock band performing their own songs, characterized by the use of instrument such sax and recorder.
Next up The New Roses perform their best songs from the new album Dead Man’s Voice, delivering a pure injection of rock ’n’ roll as they engaged with the crowd who surrounded the stage. The title track goes down a storm as the crowd shouts for it to be played. The place is quite full and despite the size of the venue, everyone seems to be enjoying the show. The unmistakable sound of Marshall amplifiers and Les Pauls light up the night, paired with amazing light effects and great stage set up, with the staff serving non-stop in the bar right behind the crowd. What stood out to me is Norman Bites’ guitar playing- the finger work and solos are the skills of a virtuoso.
Luckily, before the show I managed to catch up with the frontman of The New Roses Timmy Rough:
“The Roses” is a frequent theme in hard rock bands, your name is The New Roses, is this a reference, what’s the story behind the name?
It’s not a big deal. We were looking for a name that shows right away that we are a rock ‘n’ roll band. We thought it sounds cool. It’s a song by The Damned, but everybody was like “are you the new Guns ‘n’ Roses?”. Haha, we should have seen it coming…
Many of your followers consider you the saviour of new hard rock generations, is that what you’re aiming for?
We don’t see ourselves as something special, I can only speak about myself but I actually never think about this stuff. I really appreciate it to be perceived in this scene as an authentic band.
Well, you have showed us that you are a band with your own identity, how do you get from Germany to playing with Bonamassa and ZZ Top?
I can’t pinpoint to any event or record, it just sort of happens. It’s when your song gets played on the radio, and then more people find out about you. The first years are terrible, you really have to love what you doing. I guess what separates us from other bands is persistence. You don’t know how difficult it is to get a tour- it’s all about money. At the beginning you have to do any sacrifice to found your band. It’s a long way before you get money out of music.
Since you mentioned drinking in a few songs, what’s your relationship with alcohol and how does it influence your composition process?
We have phases where it is more present. If we are focused on recording or touring we try to keep on a level that is healthy for us. But when everything goes right after a tour it blends more, you know?
Sometimes, of course, it helps composing. Once I woke up in the middle of the night, went to the living room, had a beer and started to think about a melody, had a few more and then I wrote ‘What if it was you’ on paper. The next day I woke up and did not know what happened, I went to the living room and I found the song but couldn’t remember the melody, so I had to work it out. And of course other songs as ‘Whiskey Nightmare’ talks about a bad experience with alcohol…
What’s the plan for the future, are you going back to the studio soon?
We just finished recording our next album. Yesterday, before we flew here, I was in the studio to check the guitar sounds, so we are like, almost done recording, then we’re gonna have it mixed. I think it will be out this summer. It’s our 3rd record and it’s going to be much straighter. The songs I wrote, I tried to scrap everything that is not 100% necessary. Compressed, really tight songs, and this is what this record is going to be about. It’s going to have a little more American roots, like Country music, but within our rock style there’s going to be a little flavour of it.
Dead Man’s Voice is available now here.