LISTEN: "The Fog" -
Los Angeles' Roses are currently visiting New York City to play three shows this weekend. To celebrate, they have blessed us with "The Fog", one of the four excellent, single-quality songs on their four song EP Dreamlover, which will be released by Group Tightener on August 5th. The band, comprised of former Abe Vigoda member Juan Velazquez, along with Marc Steinberg and Victor Herrera, synthesizes the sounds of 90's pop with new wave and shoegaze to great effect. Listen to the previously released first singles, "Florence Girls" and "It's Over", below and scroll down to view all upcoming tour dates including three nights in New York City.
WATCH: "It's Over" -
LISTEN: "Florence Girls" -
PRE-ORDER: Dreamlover -
08/01 New York, NY - Death By Audio
08/02 New York, NY - Cake Shop
08/03 New York, NY - Silent Barn
08/09 Los Angeles, CA - Permanent Records (EP release show)
09/29 Seattle, WA - Barboza *
09/30 Portland, OR - Holocene *
10/03 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
10/04 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
10/05 San Diego - Bar Pink *
* = w/ Slow Club
Dream pop trio Roses formed in early 2013 while guitarist Juan Velasquez was on hiatus from playing with L.A. darkwavers Abe Vigoda. Velasquez had met singer/keyboardist Marc Steinberg the year prior at an L.A. gay bar and traded mix tapes with him, sharing a love of female singers like Yoko Ono, Julee Cruise and Marianne Faithful, while he and bassist Victor Herrera met at an Abe Vigoda show at the Smell eight years ago, bonding over bands like 10,000 Maniacs, The Sundays and The Cranberries.
The three-piece recorded early demos that reflected that love of delicate '90s pop alongside industrial beats and shoegaze guitars, playing alongside bands like Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles and touring the West Coast. With the four-song Dreamlover EP out August 5 on Group Tightener, the band has honed their sound down to a fine point, blending shimmering guitarwork with washes of dreamy synth and New Order-inspired basslines on new waver "Florence Girls" and nostalgic ballad "The Fog." Steinberg's lilting tenor sails on woozy keys and waves of distortion on "Icicle" and skips with David Byrne-esque abandon over a stuttering beat and walking bassline on pop jam "It's Over."
(August 5th, Group Tightener)
1. Florence Girls
2. The Fog
4. It's Over