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The New Roses

Last month The New Roses released their third CD ‘One More For The Road’ last August, of wich you can read the review elsewhere in this edition. A high quality classic hardrock album that brings us back to long gone times when bands like Bon Jovi, Europe, Ac/Dc and Whitesnake ruled the airwaves and the hit parades. We found singer Timmy rough willing to answer some questions about the new CD, but also about the current state of the music scene.

By: Henk | Archive under hardrock / aor

First of all, since you are relatively unknown in the Netherlands, could you please introduce yourself to our audience?
The New Roses are a four piece Rock 'n' Roll band from Frankfurt Germany founded in 2012. We do what we love and love what we do and that’s playing as much as we can and enjoying the straight up Rock 'n' Roll we grew up on and now passing around ourselves all over Europe.

The new album is released only a year and a half after the last album ‘Dead Man's Voice’. Were there so many (good) songs left or was there just so much inspiration?
As a new band on the map I think it’s important to reload as quick as possible. People get distracted very easily these days with all the media possibilities. Only a few ideas for the last record were used on the new one. We played so many shows since 'Dead Man’s Voice' came out. That gave us the idea of what should be on the new album, what our live show needs and what the audience wants. So it’s definitely written for the stage.

I must say that the album really is a breath of fresh air compared to all the computerized crap that we hear on the radio these days. How did you approach the recording process for the album?
We did exactly the same as we’ve done it with the first two albums. I wrote the songs, we picked our favorites together and then went back to Bazement Studios and Markus Teske to record them. We know the studio and Markus well now, so we could start where we stopped after 'Dead Man’s Voice'. Markus is a very patient guy with incredible ears. That helped a lot. Although we decided to record longer or full takes and leave some mistakes in the mix if they improve the energy.

One song that drew my intention was 'Life Ain't Easy'. Is that in some way autobiographical?
100%. When I was in school I would comb my hair and wear my collar like Elvis Presley. The other kids made a lot of fun of me and gave me a hard time. When I left school I immediately formed a band and started touring, But the first years there was no money at all, so a lot of times I came back to my cold and dark apartment and my cellphone was blocked, because I didn’t pay the bill. Tough start that made me want to quit several times. But today I can look back and smile. That is how the song came to live. A rough story told with a smile, because I’m happy I made it through and stayed me.

Are there more songs on the album that have a special meaning or message and can you tell what brings the inspiration for the lyrics?
Of course. In every song there is a personal thought or experience. We are a band that plays live very much. It must have been over 200 shows over the last three years. And during our journeys we have good and bad times. We fight and celebrate. It’s a natural process that these experiences make their way into our songs.

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Compared to 'Dead Man’s Voice' but also to the first album 'Without A Trace', I find the new album is more cohesive. On the other albums I had the feeling you were still searching for a definitive sound. Do you think you have found it with this record?
I would say we’re one step closer again. It’s a never ending search and a band needs time to develop it’s own style. The more we play, write and travel, the closer we get to it. But I guess it’s a destination you will never reach. And that’s great! 'One More For The Road' is the result of what we learned from the first two albums. So I hope the direction will never change!;-)

I read on your website that the title track of the first album was featured in the ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ tv series. How did that happen?
I wrote that song for a good friend, that has seen a lot of terrible stuff being in the military. I tried to imagine how I would react in a combat situation and how I would deal with the things those guys have seen. When we listened to the final version of the song after the recordings, we all said it would be great in an action movie or something like that. One day our former manager came up with a request of the production company of SOA, they were looking for a song for the TV trailer of their DVD campaign. So, we sent them the song and after the US guys had listened to it, they even decided to put it on the soundtrack as well. We were surprised, because we were the only band from Europe on that soundtrack. Cool stuff!

This is your second album for Napalm Records. A label that is more known for heavier acts than you guys are. How did they approach you and wasn't it a surprise that such a recommended label already was willing to sign you after only one album?
Our management connected us with Napalm and we were surprised indeed about this idea. But Napalm know exactly how to handle and market bands apart from the mainstream. That’s great for us. I guess we have the reputation of working real hard and being reliable. That could have been a main reason why Napalm decided to give it a shot.

What is your opinion to the scene of today? Do you think that in a world where music is free and available fast you still have the chance to leave a mark like the bands from the seventies and eighties that are still around today?
Definitely not. I think there won't be another Bruce Springsteen or AC/DC or so. But that is not only because of the media. It’s because these guys invented Rock 'n' Roll. They came up with the guitar licks that everybody plays and will play forever. You can improve that or try to keep it alive and pass on the torch but you can’t invent that stuff a second time. But I agree that today it is indeed much harder to improve your sound because you don't have no room for "mistakes“. If your first album is not selling, you’re in trouble, brother. Back then you would get a record deal over five albums. The first three Springsteen albums didn’t sell. Imagine the record company would have dropped him.

You seem to do a lot of touring through all German speaking countries and France, but very rarely in the rest of Europe. Is there any chance that there will be a more extensive European tour this time?
We had the chance to play in a lot of different countries already. We toured Spain and UK for example and there is a lot more planned. As a German band we’re so glad we get the chance to travel outside our own borders. That’s a privilege only a few German bands have. And we will go wherever this crazy, twisted road will lead us.

What would you say was the most memorable show you have done so far? I read something about the Harley Days in Hamburg. That must have been an enormous crowd.
That was pretty cool indeed! But it’s tough to pick one show. We played the Champion’s League finals in Berlin, at Hellfest in France, Swiss Harley Days, played shows with ZZ TOP, Molly Hatchet, Accept, Blackfoot, Joe Bonamassa and many more. But also small shows from our early days will always be carved into my mind.

So thank you for taking the time for this interview. Is there anything left you would like to say to our readers?
Keep Rock 'n' Roll alive! We can’t wait to kick some Dutch asses (laughs)!!!! Thank you!

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