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Interview: Blonde Roses

1. How does Louisiana shape your music (if it does at all?) It absolutely does, especially now more than ever. It’s hard to live in a state where the music culture is so rich and not have it shape your music. Our newer material definitely shows our roots. It’s bluesier – more Southern.
2. You are all life long friends. When did you all decide to try and give a band a try and when did you decide to become serious about it? 7 years ago, I was in an acoustic-duet called The Wooden Wings. We felt that, in order for us to grow, we needed a full band and that’s where the guys came in. It wasn’t until recently that we decided to go head first and really do this. We went through a lineup and name change, and it felt like a fresh new start. So, we’re giving this our everything and we couldn’t be more stoked for the journey ahead.
3. “Bullet” has extremely vivid lyrics. Is this something that you strived for while writing the song? I wanted the lyrics to have this push and pull kind of feel – almost contradictory. There’s a lot of beautiful scenery with really harsh descriptions such as, “the dead wind blows through these blossoming leaves.” There’s a time in everyone’s life where you feel stuck or trapped and we let the bad overshadow the good. ‘Bullet’ is about climbing your way up the cherry tree, the symbol of life’s fragility, in order to finally see past what can be so suffocatingly right in front of you.
4. What is it about the 60s and 70s that speaks to the band so much? It’s an era of music that we all grew up listening to, so it plays a huge role in what inspires us when writing. It was a time when so many influential artists had a lot to say, lyrically and musically. It wasn’t just about catchy riffs or melody hooks, it stood for something – and that is so inspiring to me. It’s why the lyrical component of songwriting is so important to us as a band.
5. What was the first gig you ever played, how was that experience, and how does that compare to your gigs now? The first gig I ever played was in 2008 with The Wooden Wings as an acoustic duo. We were 15 years old and played to a handful of family and friends at a small, local coffee shop in New Orleans. I remember being absolutely terrified while I clumsily strummed my guitar and sang lyrics off of a music stand. I’ve grown a lot since then and played a lot more gigs so, naturally, I’m more comfortable now. When I get on stage, I’m in my element. I feel like nothing can touch me. I feel safe. It took me some time to realize that I wasn’t doing this just to please people, I was doing this because I couldn’t imagine a life where I wasn’t.
6. What can one expect from your soon to be released EP? This is our first EP under the new name Blonde Roses, as we were formerly The Wooden Wings for 9 years. It’s definitely different than anything we’ve ever put out before.
7. The songs and albums we listen to can tell a lot about a person/band. What was the first album you ever bought and the last album you purchased? The first album I ever bought was an NSYNC album. I was a 90’s baby, so don’t judge me too harshly. The last album I purchased was ‘Sorry’ by Meg Myers. It’s one of those albums I can listen to on repeat and never gets old.
8. What message would you like to send to your fans? Love everyone. Love what makes them alike. Love what makes them different. Love. This world needs it more now than ever.

About Rachel Freitas

retro music enthusiast. Dreamer. Kind of odd. Writer

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