Having recently released their new album, and ahead of their ‘One More For The Road’ tour in support of this, DTF caught up with The New Roses for a quick chat.
ON LISTENING TO YOU GUYS, I THINK YOU CAN DISTINCTLY HEAR THE INFLUENCE OF BANDS LIKE THE QUIREBOYS AND BON JOVI – WHO WOULD YOU SAY YOUR INFLUENCES ARE?
Everybody in the band has own different influences. This could go from Bob Dylan to Slayer. But we all agree on bands like Aerosmith, The Black Crowes and AC/DC for example.
YOU GUYS COME FROM GERMANY, SO KNOW THE CALIBRE OF ROCK BANDS THAT GERMANY HAS PRODUCED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. WHAT IS IT, DO YOU THINK, THAT MAKES GERMANY SUCH A HOT BED FOR GREAT ROCK BANDS?
As far as I know there are great rock bands from nearly every western country. But Germany lived with a big American presence after world war two and I’m sure this has a lot to do with that.
THE BAND FORMED IN 2007, YET YOU DIDN’T RELEASE YOUR FIRST EP TILL 2012. WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG TO START THE RECORDING PROCESS?
We started as a rock cover band and played every stage we could put a foot on. We had to find the right people for the band and decide which style of rock we wanted to play. By the time we formed The New Roses we had already played hundreds of shows which helped us a lot.
YOU’VE MANAGED TO OPEN UP FOR SOME BIG ACTS SUCH AS ZZ TOP BLACKFOOT, BLACK STONE CHERRY AND JOE BONAMASSA AND WE’RE SURE THAT YOU MADE SOME MEMORIES ALONG THE WAY. CAN YOU TELL US ONE OF YOUR
MOST MEMORABLE TOUR STORIES?
For me personally one of the greatest music moments of my life was sharing the stage with Jon Lord of Deep Purple. He was playing after the band I was helping out and heard me singing during
the sound check. He asked me if I would like to sing some Deep Purple songs during his show and of course I said yes. After this magical show we met in the hotel bar and shared a couple of red wine
bottles talking about his and my Rock and Roll life. Totally surreal, totally cool!
YOU’VE ALSO FEATURED ON THE SOUNDTRACK TO SONS OF ANARCHY – WHICH IS PRETTY COOL! HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
We were sure we had the right song for that. Our former manager felt the same way and offered it to the 20th Century Fox. They were still looking for a song for the European DVD Campagne, so after
while we got the go from the US. The fact that we were the only not American band involved was so special for the record company that released the Soundtrack that they decided to also put our song on
the soundtrack. That was very cool and helped us a lot to get some attention for the band.
YOUR SOUND SEEMS VERY RED, WHITE AND BLUE AMERICAN BLUES FEEL WHEN LISTENING TO YOUR RECORDS. DO YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED WHEN THEY SPEAK TO YOU THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY FROM EUROPE AND
We hear that question nearly every show. “Wow! And you’re sure you’re not from the states?“ . My opinion is that the American Rock and Roll has a unique groove and flow that can only be played if you really dive into it. You can’t just decide to play this way. You have to grow up on it.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BAND AND WHAT HAVE YOU YET TO STILL ACHIEVE AND CROSS OFF YOUR ROCK AND ROLL BUCKET LIST?
We just released our new record “ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD“, and we will be on tour from September until Christmas. Early next year we will make our schedule to play all over Europe. The bands bucket
list is pretty short: ROCK AND ROLL! ANYWHERE, ANYTIME