Blonde Roses: honest + raw + bold
SR: There is a gritty southern flare to your sound, is this inspired by your Louisiana roots?
BR: When we first started writing as a group, it was never really something we thought much about or even really noticed until people pointed it out. It's something that was so engrained in who we were personally that it, without even a thought, seeped into our songwriting. Seven years later, we embrace it wholeheartedly. We're really proud of our Louisiana roots, so we love having it shine through in our music.
SR: You are also inspired by the 60’s and 70’s, how do you see this translating into your music as you progress in the future? And in a culture that’s sort of romanticizing that era, do you see yourselves having an advantage?
BR: The main thing we really pull from that era of music is its unapologetic honesty. Musicians had a lot to say back then and didn't create art with a filter. We strive to make sure our music stands for something, because at the end of the day, I believe that's what music is all about - telling your truth.
SR: You have a strong message that was meant to be portrayed in your new music video, “Bullet”, tell us a bit about that?
BR: When things are tough, you need to make a choice - to either move forward and fill your life with positivity or you can let the darkness drown you and compromise who you are. In 'Bullet', my character chooses revenge - she plays fire with fire - and it's a really twisted cycle to allow yourself to get into. She went through something in her past that triggered this rage in her, and she believes that by preying on sleazy men, she is righting some kind of wrong. She believes she is protecting these women who are being fooled by men they trust and love by eliminating them. Our message is always to choose to move forward, to push yourself to find strength, because destruction will only swallow you whole.
SR: It is said that “Bullet” is about rebirth. Is this related to Blonde Roses being a fresh start from your previous project, The Wooden Wings?
BR: 'Bullet' is actually a song I wrote prior to the end of The Wooden Wings era, so at that point in time, it wasn't. Today, it definitely holds a place in our hearts as a song of rebirth. Music and its meaning can constantly change. A song can be written for one purpose and end up meaning something totally different to you down the road. That's one of the really cool, beautiful things about music.
SR: What are the plans for further releases? Will we be hearing a full EP soon?
BR: We have an EP in the works currently and plan to release it early 2017. Stay tuned!
SR: What might we hear on a Blonde Roses EP? Are there other stories of life and renewal to be told?
BR: This EP is about paving your own path and finding beauty out of darker times. It's about finding strength to move forward and, in the process, gaining strength and understanding. We hope people can really relate to it. It's something I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life.