ROSES: CAMERA TROUBLE
Roses have been a fan favorite in L.A. for quite some time. Part of that is due to the band’s pedigree as many of the members have had successful runs in other groups—Juan Velasquez was in Abe Vigoda, who essentially dominated the downtown L.A. venue The Smell for many years. After releasing two EPs in 2015 and a single entitled “Quite Time” in 2015, the trio is finally gracing listeners with a full album. For those not familiar, Roses plays music that is a blend between retro new wave and more modern elements of dreamgaze. Some songs like the album opener “Dream Lover” have a more slightly lighter and poppy feel to is with the echoing synth beats, harmonic guitar rifts, and very 80s-influenced drum machine. The vocals give the track a very rhythmic feel to the song as well. The track “Julian March” starts off with a heavy reference to “I Ran” by Flock of Seagulls before quickly breaking into a dance-y melodic gem of a song that shows off the bands abilities. The instrumental chorus on the song is playfully infectious. As the song goes on it builds and shifts and builds on itself until it slowly winds down and slips away. The closing track on the album is the aforementioned single from 2015. The album as a whole is a great reflection of the band and their sound. Definitely worth multiple plays on the record player.