Coming from somewhere called ‘London’, The Black Roses consists of four distinctly Southern lads. This does make me question our name as a place of music journalism, but then again ‘Exposure’ doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?
Inspired by the titans of rock and indie, The Black Roses aren’t afraid to adhere to tradition, through affirmed, accessible riffs.
‘So who are these lads then?’, I hear you ask. Well, give me a second and I’ll tell you. The face of the operation is Anthony Stevenson (Vocals/Guitar), followed closely by the inconspicuous Richard Jones (Lead Guitar), trailing him is Mike Goodfellow (Drums), and finally comes the often neglected bassist, Val Pean.
After the recent release of their latest single ‘Heaven’, we had a brief verbal inquisition with the lads, to see what’s happening, how they’re going, and if they’re off anywhere nice for their holidays in the new year.
Tell us about yourself…
We are a four piece indie rock band from North London: Trying to make the best music we can, that we enjoy and hope that others will as well.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
The band as a whole has very broad influences. Anthony loves bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age and The Beatles, Mike has a mutual respect for QotSA but also loves a bit of techno amongst other things, Richard is a big Stone Roses fan and Val loves a bit of classic Oasis. Many band car journeys will have an incredibly eclectic mix on the playlist though. RnB, Hip Hop, pop, you name it, it’ll be on there at some point.
Sum up the band in five words…
Out of control steam train.
Who writes your songs?
Anthony usually writes the lyrics and structure with a riff or some chords, and then in a rehearsal room we tend to work the rest out together.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Love, lust, whiskey, nights out and hope.
Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?
Would’ve said The Blinders but they’ve just been bloody signed! Really like another This Feeling favourite, Himalayas.
What’s in your CD player right now, or last song you streamed?
Last streamed song was ‘Pretty Pimpin’ by Kurt Vile.
What are you like live?
Loud, fast paced, and often a little inebriated.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Yes, one in Barcelona on the 1st December and one for Musicians Against Homelessness on the 6th December in Nambucca.
You’re stranded on a desert island and have one album with you, what is it?
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare.
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
A new single called ‘Heaven’ out on all good streaming platforms and online stores from Friday 13th October. More shows, hopefully in some places we haven’t been to before.
WEAPON OF CHOICE – Fender Strat.
BASE – LDN.
FOOTBALL – Spurs.
GUILTY PLEASURE – ‘Careless Whisper’ by George Micheal.
HERO – Josh Homme, David Bowie, Alex Turner.
VILLAIN – Donald Fucking Trump.
BEST COMEDY SHOW – Alan Partridge and The Office get quoted an awful lot!
THREADS –Levi’s Jean’s, Schott Leather Jacket.
TROTTERS – Dr Martens all the way!
AT THE BAR – Jack ‘n Ginger.
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Any Beatles gig from the 60’s.
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE –Keith Richards.
FILM – Trainspotting.
The Star Wars one they also use at the start of Spurs home games is undeniably epic.
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME –
‘Yer Blues’, The Beatles
‘Brianstorm’, Arctic Monkeys
‘Live Forever’, Oasis.
THREE WORDS –
Change. Is. Coming.
Images courtesy of The Black Roses’ Facebook page.