Founder ROA member Paul James Berry is back with a new album, and it’s released on the 4th November, 2016.
To mark the launch of the new album, PJB and I caught up over email recently.
JP: Can you say something about the famous UFO-Studios in Berlin and the recording process for your new album?
PJB: Well, I came across the studio a few years back while on tour and truthfully fell in love with the place, especially with the hall. I guess I’m quite sensitive to the vibes from certain buildings. For example, this place was an ancient brewery and the cellars doubled-up as a bunker in WW2, reputedly Gobbles and his family used it. The engineer took me round the place with a torch, it was really creepy and fascinating at the same time…… So earlier this year I booked a session, squatted in the middle of their great hall surrounded by microphones and recorded my songs. Just me singing and playing guitar, piano even a couple of songs on ukulele. All live no overdubs, except a guy that plays a phenomenal cello on a song and my dog that on backing vocals…..
JP: Now that the album is recorded what are your plans?
PJB: Sell the fucking thing and move on. Although I’ve recorded albums before this is really the first time that I’ve been 100% in control. Not just the songs & performance, butalso the mixing, artwork, promotion and the release. Everything! Of course this gives financial limitations to my ambitions, but it’s rewarding at the same time, a real learning curve. So I would like to find some cool partners across the world that share my vision and push it to the next level….
The next level is ‘Spitfire Jukebox 2’ which I want to be a bigger scenario, in colour – ha ha!! I’d like to work with more musicians, which I think would really push some song ideas I have to a completely different depth.
So there you go people, get online, buy the album and support the wonderful PJB. You can find more info on PJB’s various sites:
Thanks to YouTube user TravisBickle1963, a rare TV interview by Phil has turned up, promoting the release of the Always There mini LP. It features a video for single ‘Always There‘, which I had never seen before, so quite the little gem. Shame the interview questions are utter crap, so don’t expect to learn much!
I thought I would bring to your attention that The Rose’s gig at Zeche, Bochum, Germany on 25.01.1987 has been upload to the Dark Circle Blog. If you are into 80′s Goth this site should be a regular destination.
Hey Rose fans, check out this new cover of Velveteen by Carnival Star. ProducerMark is behind the project, and he’s a huge supporter of the Rose, regularly playing them on his Indie Show - I recommend you check it out.
Taken from the “Era Sessions EP” – Velveteen is one of five covers featuring 5 bands and 5 albums from the late 70′s and early 80′s.
The EP features vocalists and musicians from various countries. Released as a tribute to those bands and musicians who remain a strong influence in the music of others around the world.
“Just heard Carnival Star’s cover of one of my old songs. At first I thought it was the fucking original…”
“Carnival Star’s version of Velveteen evoked an epoch of good memories that I had almost forgotten… The song was born from one of my simple chord sequence that was meant to go round and round and hypnotise the listener. Live it grew to become a real corker!
Cheers Carnival Star for the trip!”
Paul James Berry 2014
Founder & Guitarist – The Rose of Avalanche
The “Era Sessions EP” was recorded in various countries around the world with various musicians taking part during a five month period.
Scotland, England, Italy, Norway & USA to be exact.
The original concept behind recording these covers was simply for entertainment and to take a break from the recording and writing of the original album material for future release.
However, it soon became clear that the fun was producing some interesting results and that these tracks should go out for free as a tribute to the bands that many of us in Carnival Star regard as influences and inspirations to all of our music.
Staying true to the arrangements of the originals, our aim was to simply take the tracks and produce an EP that we enjoyed making and performing.
Released 11 May 2014
Recorded in Scotland, England, Italy, Norway & USA
Union City Blue (Blondie Cover) – Vocals Allegra Lusini – Written by Nigel Harrison / Debbie Harry
Velveteen (Rose of Avalanche Cover) – Vocals ProducerMark – Written by Paul J. Berry / Glenn Schultz / Philip Morris
Walk Away (Sisters of Mercy Cover) – Vocals Liquid Grey – Written by Andrew Eldritch / Wayne Hussey
The Drowning Man (The Cure Cover) – Vocals Zach Wiser (The Secret Post) – Written by Laurence Tolhurst / Robert Smith / Simon Gallup
What Difference Does It Make (The Smiths Cover) – Vocals Captain T (The Sovran) – Written by Johnny Marr / Morrissey
Bonus Track – UCB Cruel Brit Mix – Vocals Allegra Lusini – Written by Nigel Harrison / Debbie Harry – Re-mixed by Cruel Britannia
Music recorded and performed by ProducerMark
Co-produced by Liquid Grey
Remote Engineered by Cruel Britannia
Vocals recorded on location by the performers