Great news Rose fans.

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:

Velveteen Cover by Carnival Star

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

ROA Interview 1987

Transcript of an unidentified interview, circa Always There single.

“Touring with The Mission was good for us” nods singer Phil Morris. “The sort of people that will go and see The Mission may never have heard of us but will go for us anyway ’cause we’re a similar sort of band”

So they wear sunglasses after dark?

“Uh, I have done” Phil admits Don’t people laugh? “Uh, only ’cause theres never any sun” Glenn replies. A sense of humour is present, folded neatly on top of an innocence which doesn’t even suspect the ugliness The Rose of Avalanche might have come up against if they hadn’t timed their arrival with the second coming of Led Zep.

“It seems to me The Cult started doing things they wanted to do instead of doing music for an indie scene or goths or whatever”

Fair enough and , thankfully, ROA don’t sound much like the heavy bone crushing dinosaurs they idolise. Always There is a romantically catchy guitar tingling single.

“I think I’m a romantic at heart, and my best songs are about women and all the business. Always There is saying to my girlfriend, even if she died she would always be there and be my friend and all that crap”

Everybody wants to be super human, and thats why rock ‘n’ roll bands that have that escapism element do well” says guitarist Glenn Shultz.

“You’re living out other peoples fantasies. I don’t think people often actually have casual sex… I can’t imagine anybody just having sex with someone they didn’t like! It seems pointless somehow”

“It might to you” Phil splutters, “but…”

Glenn “Okay, I’ve got it sussed now. I think romance is a byproduct of sex. If you have sex with somebody more than a few times you’re going to start liking them”

Sweetness aside, these boys have their eyes fixed on American, on the charts, on the major league. The new single’s b-side is the Doors Waiting For The Sun and the complexity of the song thrills them. “I don’t think it hurts being associated with The Doors or any classic rock band from the Sixties. I think what’s gonna happen soon is people are going to start listening to all these older bands, even further back like Cream. I think its coming back to the stage where being a good musician means you play really well.